Dr John Eales

Dr John Eales

Deputy Head of School

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Dr John Eales can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Statistics


I am a Deputy Head of School in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (SECaM). Previously, I was an Associate Head for Teaching and Learning and the Faculty of Science and Engineering's Senior Quality Officer (Teaching Enhancement).

I am a vastly experienced academic, having been employed as a lecturer here at Plymouth since September 1st, 1990.

My current roles in SECaM include chairing the School Health and Safety Committee, chairing the School's Award Assessment Boards and acting as the Senior Timetable Co-ordinator.

On two separate occasions I have been a university teaching fellow: in 2003-4 with Dr Graham Crocker: Statistics for extended science: using technology to enhance the learning experience of Foundation students; and in 2004-5 with Drs David Graham, Ted Graham and Steve Shaw: Students’ Union: A scheme to provide peer-assisted data analysis

In 2002 I acted as a consultant on the e3an project.

Together with colleagues, I was the recipient of a Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation (PRTI) Award at the University of Plymouth in 2017-18 for a project entitled Peer Assisted Learning (PALS) for Mature Students.

I became the 10,000th Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2019.

I was a member of the Successful SIF Project: Enhancing and Supporting Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science with colleagues from Computing and the Plymouth Institute of Education in 2020.


B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics (Applied Mathematics). University of Kent at Canterbury (1986).

M.Sc. Statistics. University of Kent at Canterbury (1987).

Ph.D. University of Bath. Thesis title: 'Optimal Group Sequential Tests' (1991).

Professional membership

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



Teaching interests

My teaching interests are very broad. In total, I have taught across five faculties within the University and from foundation through to masters level. I currently teach on MATH3614: Medical Statistics.



Research interests

Group Sequential Tests.

Teaching Statistics in Higher Education.

Statistics in Sport.

Research groups



Eales, J.D. and Stander, J. (2009) Using Minitab for teaching statistics in higher education. MSOR Connections 9(3), 6-8. 
Stander, J. and Eales, J.D. (2011) Using R for teaching financial mathematics and statistics. MSOR Connections 11(1), 7-11.



Reports & invited lectures

I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I am a fanatical Plymouth Argyle supporter and have contributed over a hundred articles to their award winning matchday programme and website. I am also interested in cricket, politics, walking and cats.


My Home Page

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Faculty of Science and Engineering