Miss Shona Blair

Teaching Associate

Management Science

Personal statement

Shona joined the Department of Management Science as a Teaching Associate in 2017. In her first year, she was shortlisted for two university-wide Teaching Excellence awards. Her shortlisting in the category “Most Supportive” recognises her long-standing passion for teaching and her continued efforts towards ensuring a first-class educational experience for each and every student.

Shona’s scholarly interests lie in the areas of discrete event simulation (in particular, investigating new approaches to the exploration and analysis of the model input-output space), and the empirical Bayes approach to statistical analysis (in particular, investigating how it can be employed fruitfully in management science contexts). Shona has a background in mathematics and worked in the finance industry, before returning to academia to pursue her PhD in Management Science and carry out knowledge exchange work in association with the department.

In terms of departmental responsibility, she is currently the Honours Year Convener and Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is responsible for the delivery of the following classes:

  • MS922 Quantitative Business Analysis
  • MS985 Business and Decision Modelling
  • MS361 Understanding and Optimizing Business Systems
  • MS424 Honours Research Methods
  • MS981 Datalab