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Dr Rachel Hilliam

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Statistics
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Mathematics & Statistics
  • rachel.hilliam

Professional biography


Rachel Hilliam is currently Director of Teaching for Mathemetics and Statistics. She has previously been the accademic lead for the Mathematics and Statistics student support team. She is a staff tutor and member of the statistics group.

The Open University in the East Midlands

Clarendon Park
Clumber Avenue
Sherwood Rise
Tel: +44 (0)115 9625451
Fax: +44 (0)115 9715575
Textphone: +44 (0)115 9715507
website: The Open University in the East Midlands (05)



Research interests


Having worked as a medical statistician both within the NHS and as a lecturer in various Universities I have various medical research interests across a broad spectrum of medical areas.

I work with Tony Lawrance from The University of Warwick on statistical aspects of chaotic systems, with particular applications in communication systems.

I have several current projects focussing on student retention and interactive way of presenting statistics.



Teaching interests


I have been a member of most of the statistcs module teams and have chaired M140 for a number a years. Currently I'm Director of Teaching for Mathematics and Statistics.



Impact and engagement

I deliver a variety of statistical training courses to NHS professionals in the East Midlands.

External collaborations

I am an visitng Fellow in Medical Statistics at the University of Derby and have several collaborative projects with both Leicester and Derby Hospitals.


Prospective Clinical Trial Comparing Trapezial Denervation With Trapeziectomy for the Surgical Treatment of Arthritis at the Base of the Thumb (2019-06)
Salibi, Andrej; Hilliam, Rachel; Burke, Frank D. and Heras-Palou, Carlos
Journal of Surgical Research, 238 (pp. 144-151)
Interactive statistics for a diverse student population (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Calvert, Carol
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 34(2) (pp. 203-210)
Academic and pastoral teams working in partnership to support distance learning students according to curriculum area (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Williams, Gareth
Higher Education Pedagogies, 4(1) (pp. 32-40)
Enhancing the student experience with the use of a dedicated subject website (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Arrowsmith, Gaynor
MSOR Connections, 17(2) (pp. 39-45)
A novel device for preoperative skin preparation to reduce the risk of injury and surgical site infection during lower limb surgery (2018-05-01)
Webb, J.; Hilliam, R. and Bainbridge, L.
Journal of Perioperative Practice, 28(5) (pp. 109-114)
The Triple Whammy: Gendered Careers of Geographically Marginalised Academic STEM Women (2018)
Herman, Clem and Hilliam, Rachel
International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 10(1) (pp. 171-189)
Student feedback to improved retention: using a mixed-methods approach to extend specific feedback to a generalisable concept (2018)
Calvert, Carol and Hilliam, Rachel
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 34(1) (pp. 103-117)
Interactive Statistics: can we use experience from a large diverse student cohort to provide professional development for a wider population? (2017)
Hilliam, Rachel and Calvert, Carol
New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 12(1)
Improving retention for all students, studying mathematics as part of their chosen qualification, by using a voluntary diagnostic quiz (2016-09)
Calvert, Carol; Hilliam, Rachel and Coleman, Juliet
MSOR Connections, 14(3) (pp. 32-38)
Effectiveness of a care bundle to reduce surgical site infections in patients having open colorectal surgery (2016-04)
Tanner, J.; Kiernan, M.; Hilliam, R.; Davey, S.; Wood, T.; Ball, J. and Leaper, D.
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons England, 98(4) (pp. 270-274)
Mothers’ and grandmothers’ perceptions relating to causality, treatment and support for families of a child with a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: applying Enosis, an alternative mixed methods approach (2014-12)
Fakis, Apostolos; Hilliam, Rachel; Townend, Michael; Stoneley, Helen and Robinson, Gary
International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 8(2) (pp. 148-165)
Quantitative analysis of qualitative information from interviews: a systematic literature review (2014-04)
Fakis, Apostolos; Hilliam, Rachel; Stoneley, Helen and Townend, Michael
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8(2) (pp. 139-161)
Access to medicines by child refugees in the East Midlands region of England: a cross-sectional study (2014)
Alkahtani, S.; Cherrill, J.; Grayson, K.; Hilliam, R.; Sammons, H. and Choonara, I.
BMJ Open, 4, Article e006421(12)
A fresh look at preoperative body washing (2012-01)
Tanner, Judith; Gould, Dinah; Jenkins, Philip; Hilliam, Rachel; Mistry, Neetesh and Walsh, Susannah
Journal of Infection Prevention, 13(1) (pp. 11-15)
A quality of life measure for limb lymphoedema (LYMQOL) (2010)
Keeley, Vaughan; Crooks, Sue; Locke, Jane; Veigas, Debbie; Riches, Katie and Hilliam, Rachel
Journal of Lymphoedema, 5(1) (pp. 26-37)
A randomised controlled trial to compare postoperative pain in children undergoing tonsillectomy using cold steel dissection with bipolar heamostasis versus coblation technique (2009)
Parker, D.; Howe, L.; Unsworth, V. and Hilliam, R.
Clinical Otolaryngology, 34(3) (pp. 225-231)
Analysis of rewarming curves in Raynaud's phenomenon of various aetiologies (2009)
Salem, K. M.; Baker, M.; Hilliam, R. M.; Davies, S.; Deighton, C.; Bainbridge, L. C. and Manning, G.
Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), 34(5) (pp. 621-626)
Can a normal range of elbow movement predict a normalelbow x ray? (2007-02)
Lennon, Robert; Riyat, Manjeet S.; Hilliam, Rachel; Anathkrishnan, G. and Alderson, Gerry
Emergency Medicine Journal, 24(2) (pp. 86-88)
Statistical discrimination in the presence of selection effects (2005-04-30)
Hilliam, R. M.
Statistics in Medicine, 24(8) (pp. 1219-1232)
Chaos communication synchronization: Combatting noise by distribution transformation (2005-01)
Hilliam, Rachel M and Lawrance, Anthony J
Statistics and Computing, 15(1) (pp. 43-52)
The dynamics and statistics of bivariate chaotic maps in communications modeling (2004-04)
Hilliam, Rachel M. and Lawrance, Anthony J.
International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (IJBC), 14(4) (pp. 1177-1194)
Reducing the effect of noise on chaos synchronization without capping (2002-10-07)
Hilliam, Rachel and Lawrance, Anthony
In : International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (Oct 7-11, Xi'an, China)
A statistical perspective on the dynamics of bivariate chaotic maps for communications modelling (2001-10-28)
Hilliam, Rachel and Lawrance, Anthony
In : 2001 International Symposium on Nonlines Theory and its Applications (28 Oct - 1 Nov 2001, Miyagi, Japan)
Levine-Katz (Boston) Questionnaire analysis: means, medians or grouped totals? (2009-12)
Storey, Philip A.; Fakis, Apostolos; Hilliam, Rachel; Bradley, Mary J.; Lindau, Tommy and Burke, Frank D.