• Professor Sheila Bird

    Senior Scientist

    Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit

    Sheila is a senior scientist at the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit and is strongly committed to the MRC’s public engagement mission.  Sheila is also visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She has been a Medicines Commissioner, was the first statistician on NICE’s Appraisal Committee, and has served on four Royal Statistical Society Working Parties as well as on various Medical Research Council, UK government and EU Working Parties and Groups. Sheila’s research interests include autopsy surveillance for carriage of subclinical variant CJD, data modelling of injection-related Hepatitis C, drug-related deaths, and application of statistical methods in the criminal justice system’s treatment of drug-dependent offenders. Sheila has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2015 has been awarded the inaugural Howard Medal of the Royal Statistical Society for services to social statistics.


Regional Final: East 2014/15

DEBATE: Drugs Policy

Regional Final: East 2013/14

DEBATE: Fertility Tourism

Regional Final: East 2011/12

DEBATE: Clicktivism

Regional Final: East 2011/12

DEBATE: Organ Donation

Qualifying Round: Cambridge 2011/12

DEBATE: Public Health

Qualifying Round: Cambridge 2011/12

DEBATE: Burqa bans

Regional Final: East 2009/10

DEBATE: Ageing


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


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