Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform

The Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform provides high-quality advice on statistical methods to graduate research students and staff at the University of Melbourne.

Enquiries
Deb Maillardet
Building 394, 139 Barry St, Carlton 3010
Email
dmai@unimelb.edu.au
Phone
+61 3 8344 6995

Platform services are available to staff and graduate researchers from any discipline across the university. Consultants can provide one-on-one advice to assist with any stage of a quantitative research project from planning and data collection to analysis and reporting.

Our goal is to enhance your knowledge of statistical methods. You are strongly encouraged to see a consultant when you are planning your research project.  Platform consultants have a wealth of experience working on quantitative projects with industry, business, government and the academic community.

  • Who is eligible?

    University of Melbourne staff and most University of Melbourne Graduate research students.

    Graduate researchers can check eligibility here.

    Graduate diploma and Masters by coursework students, for example, are not eligible.

  • How to make an appointment
  • Graduate Researchers

    Eligible Graduate Researchers can access up to 10 hours of free statistical advice across their candidature.

    Additional support is available at a subsidised rate of $50 per hour.

    Platform consultants can provide advice on research projects, with an emphasis on education and training.

    Consultants do not advise on coursework.

    Supervisors need to sign the "Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform" form before the first consultation: download PDF form here.

    A consultant may decline an appointment without a signed form.

    Please bring the signed form to your first appointment. You can bring your laptop and data stored on a memory stick, if appropriate.

    If you are ready to enter or analyse your data, you can prepare for your consultation by following these guidelines: click here.

    In finalising your thesis and preparing publications, please include appropriate acknowledgement of support provided by the Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform.

  • Internal Staff

    The Platform offers limited consulting services to University of Melbourne staff at discounted rates.

    Rates vary according to consultant experience: contact Deb Maillardet for MSCP rates.

    Payment can only be made through Themis; please provide details before your first consultation: click here to access the billing form.

    Platform consultants can assist with all aspects of quantitative research including study design,  questionnaire design and data collection methods, choice of sample size, data management and verification, analysis strategies, modelling of data, interpretation of analyses and statistical reasoning, communication of statistical findings (tailored to the audience), quality graphical presentations, critical review of quantitative research and reasoning, and use of statistical software.  We can assist with grant applications.

    If you are ready to enter or analyse your data, you can prepare for your consultation by following these guidelines: click here.

    You can bring your laptop and data stored on a memory stick to the consultation, if appropriate.

    In preparing publications, please include appropriate acknowledgement of support provided by the Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform.

Short Intensive courses/workshops:

The MSCP works in collaboration with the Statistical Consulting Centre in delivering short intensive courses for Graduate researchers and The University of Melbourne staff.

To find out about current courses on offer click here.