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Dr Stephen Corson

Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I obtained a BSc (Hons) in mathematics in 2008 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a Ph.D. in 2012 in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow. My Ph.D. thesis focused the development and analysis of mathematical models for the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection amongst people who inject drugs (PWID) in Glasgow. After completing my Ph.D. in 2012, I took up a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Strathclyde University.

My primary research interests are centred on the mathematical and statistical modelling of infectious diseases. In particular, my recent work, which has involved close collaboration with various researchers and other health care professionals at Health Protection Scotland and leading academic and public health institutions, has focused on HCV, HIV and influenza.

My work on HCV involved a systematic review and meta-analysis which examined the spread and treatment of HCV among PWID in low- to middle-income countries. This work was then used to inform the World Health Organisation’s guideline on the treatment of HCV in these countries, a brand new set of guidelines published in 2014.

My HIV work has focused on the development of deterministic and stochastic models to predict the future number of HIV-positive people who are in contract with HIV specialist care services and receiving treatment. This project provided health care professionals and policy makers with information that is fundamental to the planning, development and delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services.

My influenza related research uses linear and non-linear statistical modelling techniques to evaluate the population effectiveness of the national seasonal influenza vaccination programme in Scotland. This work is key to benchmarking the current benefits of the Scottish influenza vaccination programme before it is fully extended to children of school age. 

In addition to my research duties, I am involved in the day to day running of SMART, the consultancy and CPD training unit based in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This unit provides expert advice, support and analyis to industrial, public sector and academic partners regarding the collection, processing, analysis and presentation of data, as well as the building of mathematical and statistical models to support these activities. The unit also offers a range of CPD training courses which cover a range of topics and abilities. I am also involved in the design and delivery of a number of undergraduate/ postgraduate courses in statistics and computer programming. FOr more information on SMART please see



Rhythmic performance in hypokinetic dysarthria : relationship between reading, spontaneous speech and diadochokinetic tasks
Lowit Anja, Marchetti Agata, Corson Stephen, Kuschmann Anja
Journal of Communication Disorders Vol 72, pp. 26-39, (2018)
Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain : Racism, Anxiety and a Precarious Future [Research and Policy Briefing No.1]
Sime Daniela, Kakela Emmaleena, Corson Stephen, Tyrell Naomi, McMellon Christina, Kelly Claire, Moskal Marta
Patient expectation of a voice clinic consultation : development of the ACaPELa questionnaire by assessment of four hundred and fifty-five patients
Crosbie R., McKendrick M., Corson S., Lowit A., Mackenzie K.
Clinical Otolaryngology, (2016)
Targeted hepatitis C antibody testing interventions : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Aspinall Esther Jane, Doyle Joseph Samuel, Corson Stephen, Hellard Margaret Elena, Hunt David, Goldberg David, Nguyen Tim, Falck-Ytter Yngve, Morgan Rebecca Lynn, Smith Bryce, Stoove Mark, Wiktor Stefan Zbyszko, Hutchinson Sharon
European Journal of Epidemiology Vol 30, pp. 115-129, (2015)
Modelling the prevalence of HCV amongst people who inject drugs : an investigation into the risks associated with injecting paraphernalia sharing
Corson Stephen, Greenhalgh David, Taylor Avril, Palmateer Norah Elizabeth, Goldberg David, Hutchinson Sharon
Drug and Alcohol Dependence Vol 133, pp. 172-179, (2013)
Treatment of Hepatitis C virus infection among people who are actively injecting drugs : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Aspinall Esther, Corson Stephen, Doyle Joseph, Grebely Jason, Hutchinson Sharon, Dore Gregory, Goldberg David, Hellard Margaret
Clinical Infectious Diseases Vol 57, pp. S80-S89, (2013)

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In addition to my research interests, I have several year's experience as a lecturer/demonstrator for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in statistics and computer programming.

Current Teachning

  • MM104: Statistics and Data Presentation
  • MM304: Statistical Inference and Regression
  • MM911: Effective Statistical Consultancy
  • MM921: Data Analysis Methods for Researchers

Previous Teaching

  • MM206: Introduction to Mathematical and Statistical Computing
  • MM404: Experimental Design and Bayesian Statistics
  • MM407: Applied Statistics in Society
  • MP412: Research Methods

Professional activities

Introduction to statistics and statistical analyses
Statistical support for research grant application
Statistical advice on non-linear regression in SPSS
Estimating the population effectiveness of the national seasonal influenza vaccination programme in Scotland
Population effectiveness of the national seasonal influenza vaccination programme in Scotland
Invited speaker
Discharge sampling

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EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-114
Pritchard, David (Principal Investigator) Corson, Stephen (Co-investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Wilson, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
Ambient outdoor temperature and patterns of morbidity and mortality in Scotland
Robertson, Charles (Principal Investigator) Corson, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 31-Jul-2017
Validation of Statistical Analysis Plan - HASS
Corson, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
Period 04-Jan-2017
Statistics for the fearful
Corson, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
Development of short course in statistics for Researcher Development Programme at Strathclyde
Period 16-Sep-2016
Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccine Effects (IMove, IMove+, SpiDnet)
Robertson, Charles (Principal Investigator) Corson, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2015 - 30-Nov-2018
Mathematical Modelling of the Spread of Hepatitis C Amongst Sharing, Injecting Drug Users | Corson, Stephen
Corson, Stephen (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2008 - 13-Mar-2012

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