Bethany Hillier

Bethany Hiller

Institute of Applied Health Research
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Bethany Hillier is based in the Test Evaluation Research Group within the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Bethany is finishing her MSc Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester. Once complete, Bethany will be exposed to a variety of projects, methods and techniques under the guidance of the research group. The group’s interests include systematic reviews, meta-analyses and diagnostic test evaluation.


  • NIHR Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award, 2021-23
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, University of Birmingham, 2019


Bethany Hillier completed a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham in 2019. In her final year, she took a Medical Statistics module which served as a catalyst for her interest in a career in biostatistics. She then enjoyed an internship at CRCTU, which allowed her to see the day-to-day work lives and tasks of clinical trials statisticians. Subsequently, she decided to read a MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester, from 2021.

Bethany’s MSc studies are due to finish in September 2022. She was awarded an NIHR Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to fund her studies and to support her early-career professional development. Her MSc summer project involves predictive modelling to predict patient-reported outcomes from data routinely collected in primary care, and to validate the models used. The study involves patients screened and recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Leicester.

Bethany looks forward to starting full-time work, after the MSc, under the supervision of Professor Yemisi Takwoingi, TERG and the BESaTE team. She hopes to develop her skills by learning from the team’s expertise.


Research interests

Bethany Hillier is currently still identifying areas of interest as an early-career statistician. During her MSc Medical Statistics course, in addition to the core modules, she chose to study Advanced Survival, Advanced Evidence Synthesis and Data Science.

In the next few years, Bethany aims to collaborate with other statisticians and clinicians to gain experience in a variety of research areas.

Research groups and centres
  • Biostatistics, Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation
  • Test Evaluation Research Group