Dr. Lee Fawcett

Reader in Applied Statistics

Newcastle University


There are a number of modules that I teach:

Semester 1

  • MAS2906: Computational Probability and Statistics with R

Semester 2

  • MAS2903: Introduction to Bayesian Methods
  • MAS3902: Bayesian Inference

You can also view a list of modules I have previously taught on my teaching page.


Research interests

  • Extreme Value Theory
  • Bayesian inference for extremes
  • Statistical modelling of road traffic accidents
  • Novel approaches to road safety hotspot identification
  • Innovative approaches to teaching Statistics

PhD students

  • Md Hossain: Forecasting Crop Production and Environmental Extremes in Bangladesh, 2019-2023.
  • Nicola Hewett: Bayesian Inference for Enhanced Road Safety Analysis, 2018-2022.
  • Amy Green: Improving radar rainfall estimates for urban flood risk using Monte Carlo ensemble simulation, 2017-2021.
  • Joe Matthews: Novel Approaches to Collision Hotspot Identification, 2014-2019.

MMathStat students

  • Holly Park: Modelling Solar Flare Extremes Within A Bayesian Paradigm, 2022/23.
  • Kaitlin Ries: Bayesian Modelling of Road Traffic Collisions, 2022/23.
  • Norbert Wesolowski: Assessing the Impact of Leading Pedestrian Intervals on Pedestrian Safety Using Extreme Value Theory, 2022/23. < li>
  • Rachael Brown: Predicting Extreme Precipitation in Western Europe, 2021/22.
  • Ben Griffiths: Bayesian Inference for Solar Flare Extremes, 2020/21.
  • Heather Woodhouse: Bayesian Inference for Serially Dependent Sea-Surge Extremes, 2019/20.
  • Tom Owen: Predicting sea-surge extremes in the North Sea, 2017/18.
  • Matthew Capewell: Estimating extreme sea-surge events in the Gulf of Mexico, 2017/18.
  • Amy Green: Predicting Environmental Extremes for the Nuclear Industry: Facilitating Best Practice, 2016/17.
  • Filipa Eastham: Bayesian Inference for Temperature Extremes and Heatwaves, 2015/16.
  • Alexandra Lee: Bayesian Inference for Sea-surge Extremes in the Gulf of Mexico, 2014/15.
  • Lucy Robinson: An Investigation into the Effect of Regression to the Mean in Road Transport Safety, 2014/15.
  • Katie Connor: Bayesian Inference for Environmental Extremes, 2013/14.
  • Harry Billen: Temperature Extremes and Heatwaves, 2012/13.
  • Fiona Sutherland: Hurricane Katrina: Modelling serially dependent sea-surges, 2012/13.
  • Rebecca Nicholson: Modelling Serially Dependent Extremes, 2011/12.
  • Rochelle Firth: Modelling Environmental Extremes, 2008/09.


I am currently the Royal Statistical Society William Guy Lecturer (2018/19).

In 2019 I was awarded National Teaching Fellow status from Advance HE.

In 2018 I was awarded the C. Oswald George prize for best article in the journal Teaching Statistics.

In 2014 I was awarded a University Strategic Development Grant for Impact Generating Activity, to develop software tools for identifying road traffic accident hotspots. Neil Thorpe, from the Transport Operations Research Group, is co-investigator. In 2015 I was awarded a second University grant for impact-generating activity to continue this work and to support our collaborative efforts with our industrial partners, and in 2017 a third University impact award was granted to facilitate global outreach for this work. In 2017 I was awarded a Newton Fund travel grant to support collaborations with the World Resources Institute in Mexico City. The project is ongoing.

In 2015 I was awarded a University Learning, Teaching and Student Experience innovation fund grant to develop web-based applications to enable research-informed teaching and outreach activities.

In 2013 I was the recipient of a University Learning, Teaching and Student Experience innovation fund grant to investigate the use of "Case-Based Learning and Teaching in Statistics Service Courses".

In 2009 I was a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

In 2008 I was invited, with Dave Walshaw, to give a short course in Modelling Environmental Extremes at the University of British Columbia Okanagen in Canada.

About Lee Fawcett

Lee Fawcett

Welcome to my personal webpage! I am Reader in Applied Statistics in the School of Maths, Statistics & Physics. I currently teach stage 2 and 3 students taking courses in Bayesian Statistics and Statistical Computing. I am the School's Global Director and Associate Dean (Global) for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.

My main research area is in the field of environmental extremes. My current work is looking at how spatial models for extremes can be used to estimate heavy rainfall events during storms. I also work with colleagues in the Transport Operations Research Group - current work is focussing on Bayesian methods for assessing the effectiveness of road safety schemes and for identifying road safety hotspots.

Administrative duties

  • Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions
  • International Co-ordinator for the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Personal tutor

Contact details

Lee Fawcett

Email: lee.fawcett@newcastle.ac.uk

Room 2.07
School of Mathematics & Statistics
Herschel Building
Newcastle University

Phone: (0191) 208 7228

Fax: (0191) 208 8020