Dr Paul Hewson
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Statistics
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Statistics
Careers and Employability Tutor
2005: University of Exeter, PhD in Statistics
1998: Sheffield Hallam University, MSc in Applied Statistics
1988: Plymouth Polytechnic, BSc (hons) First Class in Biological Sciences
- Fellow of (2007) / Registered Practitioner of (2006) the Higher Education Academy
- 2012 National Teaching Fellow (Higher Education Academy
- Member of the OR Society
Currently I am involved in teaching first year Probability and Applications. i also tend to find myself teaching non-maths students introductory statistical methods (from Computing, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sciences). A lot of my work at the moment concerns employability and I have been managing a final year work based learning module.
In 2012 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. I have taught at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences and have taught from 2007 to 2015 at the University of Bologna.
Staff serving as external examiners
I am external examiner for various Statistics material at Nottingham Trent University and for Maths and Statistics at the University of West Scotland.
I am interested in generalised linear mixed models (GLMM), particulary for multivariate responses. These models could be considered as a vector of GLMs with the the assumption that there is an underlying multivariate normal random effect. There are a number of ways of approaching these models, I have tended to focus on Bayesian approaches, and have tended to use MCMC. There seem to be two routes to the multivariate normal distribution, one involves a Wishart prior for the multivariate random effects the alternative is to envisage a latent structure with a smaller number of latent variables and a matrix of loading variables which effect a transformation of the latent variables into the higher dimensionality of the response variables. Most of my recent effort has gone into these latent structure models with a view to superimposing a discrete mixing structure, in particular this seems to yield a good method for unsupervised classfication of multivariate count data. However, there seem to be many possibilities to use latent variables with application specific structures, such as having Conditionally Autoregressive Priors, or temporally correlated sets of latent variables or even to allow for spatial structuring.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Golnaz Shahtahmassebi (2012)
Muhannad Al-Saadony (2013)
Lauren Weston (2015)
Grants & contracts
- 2016 S Asthana, Gibson, P Hewson "Review of the national Police Funding Formula" Rural Crime Network £30,000
- 2015 P Buckhurst, H Buckhurst and P Hewson "Assessment of the Harmoni Modular IOL" Clarvista Medical £83,312
- 2015 P Buckhurst, H Buckhurst, P Hewson, M Craven Clinical Assessment of the WIOL-CF Medichem £14,000
- 2012-2013 D. Graham and P.J. Hewson, Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship, Enhancing learning with audience response devices. £20,00 total from various sources
- 2011-2014 R. Thompson, S. Rowland, P.J. Hewson, DEFRA, Investigating whether marine micro-plastics cause harm in the marine environment. £255,145
- 2011 P.J. Hewson, Philip Poole-Wilson Seed Corn Fund - BUPA Foundation, Using GPUs for small area estimation. £9,500
- 2011 P.J.Hewson, HE-STEM, Enhancing work-based statistical literacy. £10,000 plus £8,000 for practice adopters follow on project.
- 2009–2011 E Hellier and P.J.Hewson, Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded by TechnologyStrategy Board Cornwall Council, Evidence Based Practice in Road Safety. £121, 415
- 2010-2012 S. Asthana, A. Gibson, T. Bailey, P. Hewson, C. Dibben, G. Moon, NIHR Health Services Research Programme, Equity of Access to Cardiac and Mental HealthServices in England. £235,961
- 2008 S. Asthana, A. Gibson, J. Halliday, P. Hewson, Rural Services Partnership, ResourceAllocation in Statutory Service Provision: an Assessment of the Police and Fire Formulae. £20,222
- 2009 L. Hellier and P.J.Hewson, Vice Chancellor’s Community Research Award, Youngmotorcycles (working with Plymouth Motorcyclist Group). £6,000
- 2009 P.J.Hewson, Devon County Council Road Safety Academy e-learning”. £4,2002008 P.J.Hewson, J.Stander, Y.Cai, Vice Chancellor’s Community Research Award, Understanding Stoke (working with Stoke Damerell Parish). £6,000
- 2007–2009 S Asthana et al. 2007,2008 , Department of Health, Feasibility of Developingan approach to Person Based Resource Allocation based on Epidemiological data”,“Developing a resource allocation formula at general practice level based on individual patient characteristics (Person-Based Resource Allocation): Mental Health. £121, 269, £191,216
- 2008-2011 M. Attrill et al., DEFRA, Lyme Bay - A Case Study: Measuring recovery of benthic species; assessing potential ’spillover’ effects and socio-economic changes. £458,324
- 2008–2010 E Hellier and P.J.Hewson, Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded by ESRC andDevon County Council, Evidence Based Practice in Road Safety. £109, 635
- 2008 P.J.Hewson, MSOR network, Evaluation of R-books for Guided Learning. £4,500
- 2008 P. Megicks et al., DEFRA, Understanding of Consumer Attitudes and Actual Purchasing Behaviour, with Reference to Local and Regional Foods. £135,000
- 2006 P.J.Hewson and G.Crocker, University of Plymouth Teaching Fellowship Award, Virtual environment for experimental design. £5,000
- 2006 P.J.Hewson, Rees Jeffrey’s Road Fund and Devon County Council, Evidence Based Practice in Road Safety. £7,000
- 2005–2006 J. Thompson-Coon, G. Rogers, P.J. Hewson, D. Wright, R. Anderson, M.Cramp, S. Jackson, S. Ryder, A. Price, K. Stein, Peninsula Technology AssessmentGroup (PenTAG), Peninsula Medical School), funded by NHS R&D HTAProgramme, Surveillance of Cirrhosis for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Systematic Review and Economic Analysis.
I have a Google Scholar profile here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=PthQLNEAAAAJ&hl=en
As well as academic work, I'm very involved in outreach and practitioner focussed work, such as:
P Hewson (2016) "There's a fine line between a numerator and a denominator" Road Safety Great Britain Joining the Dots Conference
P Hewson (2015) "Weapons of Math Instruction" Royal Institution Masterclass: http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/august/summer-school-2015-weapons-of-math-instruction
Other academic activities
I have supervised some essays at AIMS:
If you want to check any signed emails, my public key is here:
CRAN task view: Multivariate Statistics http://www.tmsconsultancy.co.uk/news/tms-news/academics-and-practitioners-share-ideas-on-road-user-behaviour