Oxford Statistical Genomics Summer School


Join us at St Hilda's College Oxford, overlooking the River Cherwell and Christ Church Meadow, for an immersive week-long residential post-graduate summer school on statistical genomics. The programme aims to connect post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers from academia and industry with experts from Oxford's Big Data Institute, Wellcome Centre for Human GeneticsDepartment of Statistics, and the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science.

Our friendly tutors, internationally recognised for their scientific expertise, will offer specialist instruction and hands-on computer practicals across five broad areas of statistical genomics:

  • Next-generation Sequence Data Analysis
  • Gene and Variant Association Testing
  • Genomics of Infectious Diseases
  • Genealogical Inference and Analysis
  • Medical Genomics

The course is aimed at trainee scientists actively engaged in statistical genomics research who wish to expand their knowledge of concepts and techniques.

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Programme details

The course offers:

  • Daily lectures providing broad context and conceptual insights into key issues
  • Interactive computer sessions to consolidate conceptual knowledge with practical skills
  • Opportunities for one-to-one interactions with leading Oxford academics

The venue

Founded in 1893, St Hilda's College is located at the eastern end of the High Street Oxford, over Magdalen Bridge, and lies picturesquely on the banks of the River Cherwell with views over Christ Church Meadow and Magdalen College Tower.


Sunday 18 June

Arrival and registration in the afternoon, followed by an opening drinks reception and welcome dinner.

Monday 19 June

Next-generational Sequence Data Analysis, including how to handle whole genome sequences, exome and RNAseq transcriptome data, issues of quality control, phasing, imputing, annotating and batch effects.

Tuesday 20 June

Gene and Variant Association Testing, covering complex traits analysis and rare diseases, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and burden tests.

Wednesday 21 June

Medical genomics, featuring guest lectures from prominent Oxford academics. Time to visit notable Oxford landmarks, and a traditional college Dinner.

Thursday 22 June

Genealogical inference and analysis, including the use of genomes to reconstruct ancestral trees and their interpretation.

Friday 23 June

Genomics of Infectious Disease, specifically kmer-based tests of association in bacteria and other microorganisms. and joint GWAS for investigating human-pathogen genomic interactions.

To mark the end of the course we will have a closing drinks reception and a gala farewell dinner.

You can see a provisional schedule here



Description Costs
Includes all tuition, en suite accommodation with full board. £1600.00


We unfortunately are not able to offer any scholarships or reduction in the course fees this year. The department does have a helpful list of funding opportunities provided by external organisations: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/external-funding


Residential Programme Fees - £1,600

Fees include:

  • All tuition
  • Social programme 
  • Accommodation in a single en suite room in St Hilda's College with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 18 June to Friday 23 June 2023 inclusive;
  • All meals in College starting with an opening drinks reception and dinner on Sunday 18 June, and then breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and ending with breakfast on Saturday 24 June 2023. Also included is a gala dinner during the week.
  • Weekday morning tea/coffee and biscuits

We regret that participants cannot be accommodated at college either prior to or beyond their programme dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled on this programme cannot be accommodated in college.

Non-residential Programme Fees (no accommodation)*  - £1,200

Fees include:

  • All tuition
  • Social programme 
  • Opening drinks reception and dinner on Sunday 18 June
  • Lunches and dinners in college from Monday 18 June June to Friday 23 June including a gala dinner during the week.
  • Weekday morning tea/coffee and biscuits

*please note that there is only a limited number of non-residential places available.

If you are offered a place on the course you will then be sent an invoice for the course fee. You have several options for payment, including full payment online by credit/debit card or via bank transfer within 30 days of the invoice date.

Please note that if your course fees will be paid by an organisation such as your university or employer, it would be greatly appreciated if applicants can check with their finance colleagues before applying on what information needs to be included on the invoice for it to be paid to avoid delays.

Cancellations and refunds

You will enter into your contract with the University when you pay the full amount of the course fees. You have the right to cancel your contract at any time within 14 days of its commencement (ie when you pay your fees). You will receive a full refund of any payments you have made.

If you cancel your place on a course at any time after expiry of the 14-day period you will not be entitled to a refund, except in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the University. If a refund is made an administration fee may be charged.

Participants who wish to cancel must inform the Programme Administrator by emailing summercourses@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Please be aware that all payments (and refunds) are subject to exchange rates at the time of processing. You can find the full terms and conditions here. The status of the course will be reviewed on 19 May 2023. If it is likely that the course may be cancelled, all participants enrolled on the course will be notified in writing within seven days, and possible options clearly explained.

Important information regarding visa requirements

You can check if you need a visa for this course using this link on the GOV.UK website. If you require a visa to study abroad, then we strongly recommend that you apply for this course as early as possible in order to allow yourself sufficient time to make a successful visa application.

You would be provided with a letter from the course administrator confirming your place on the course; this confirmation letter will not be issued until all course fees have been paid in full.

In the case of a visa application being unsuccessful the Department will not offer a refund.

Please note that, for legal reasons, the programme administrator is not permitted to provide any visa advice to applicants. All such enquiries should be submitted to Oxford University’s student visa and immigration advisers via email at student.immigration@admin.ox.ac.uk



Prof Daniel Wilson - Course Director

Danny Wilson is Director of Studies in Data Science at the Department for Continuing Education and Professor of Infectious Disease Genomics at the Big Data Institute. Originally trained in biology and statistics, his work focuses on genetics and infectious diseases, analysing large datasets and developing new computational tools.

Prof Cecilia Lindgren - Speaker

Cecilia Lindgren is Director the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford, Research Fellow at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford and Wellcome Trust Investigator.

Prof Simon Myers - Speaker

Simon Myers is Professor of Mathematical Genomics at the Department of Statistics and Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.

Dr Nicky Whiffin - Speaker

Nicky Whiffin is Group Leader and Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow in Computational Rare Disease Genomics at the Big Data Institute.

Prof Pier Palamara - Speaker

Pier Palamara is Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics and Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.

Dr Bernadette Young - Speaker

Bernadette Young is a consultant physician and researcher in infectious diseases at the Nuffield Department of Medicine and a philanthropist.

Dr Jethro Johnson - Speaker

Jethro Johnson is Innovation Track Principal Investigator at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Microbiome Studies.

Dr Gavin Band - Tutor

Gavin Band is Senior Statistician and GMS D.Phil. Programme Statistics Teaching Lead at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.

Nikolas Baya - Tutor

Nik Baya is a D.Phil. student in Genomics Medicine and Statistics, supervised by Cecilia Lindgren, at the Big Data Institute, and Simon Myers at the Department of Statistics.

Arni Gunnarsson - Tutor

Arni Gunnarsson is a D.Phil. student in Genomic Medicine and Statistics, supervised by Pier Palamara and Yee Whye Teh at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.

Dr Jerome Kelleher - Tutor

Jerome Kelleher is a Group Leader and Robertson Fellow in Biomedical Data Science at the Big Data Institute, developing genealogy based methods and software for large scale genomics.

Dr Duncan Palmer - Tutor

Duncan Palmer is Senior Statistical Geneticist at the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health and Big Data Institute.

Annie Forster - Tutor

Annie Forster is a D.Phil. student in Genomic Medicine and Statistics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.

Georgios Kalantzis - Tutor

Georgios Kalantzis is a D.Phil. student in Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science at St. Edmund Hall.

Dr Yan Wong - Tutor

Yan Wong is an evolutionary geneticist at the Big Data Institute who has collaborated with Richard Dawkins and worked in popular science broadcasting.

Dr Leo Speidel - Tutor

Leo Speidel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Statistics and lecturer in mathematics at St Hilda’s College.

Dr Shing Zhan - Tutor

Shing Zhan is a Janssen-Oxford Translational Genomics Fellow based at the Big Data Institute


Applicants should send:

  • A completed application form
  • A cover letter (max. 300 words) explaining how they would benefit from attending this course.
  • A recent CV demonstrating their active engagement in statistical genomics research.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and applicants who require a UK visa are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for formal visa applications to be processed. The current application deadline is 2.00pm on 15 May 2023.

You can either send the digital version of your completed application or email us a scan of your completed form. If you experience issues using Microsoft Word, you can find a .PDF version of the application form here that you can complete and scan.

Selection criteria

This course is aimed at post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers, so applicants should have at minimum a bachelors’ degree and be currently engaged in research in the field.

If you have any queries about this, please email the course administrator at summercourses@conted.ox.ac.uk