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Professor Delia North
Professor Delia North graduated with a BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD respectively from the former University of Natal (Durban). Her undergraduate majors were Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and her post graduate degrees were in Statistics (Probability Theory). She joined this university as a lecturer in 1982 and is currently the Academic Leader of Statistics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a position that she has held since the merger.She has over 25 years experience in the teaching and design of Statistics curricula at university. Over the years, her passion for teaching Statistics has resulted in her becoming a leading figure in South African Statistics Education circles. She has received a number of awards for her contributions to statistics education, includingAward of Appreciation for Contribution ( ESKOM, 2002).
  • Award of Appreciation (DOE, 2003)
  • Golden Key International, Honorary Award (2004)
  • Distinguished Teacher award at UKZN( 2007)
  • Medal of Honour: Natural Sciences and Technology of the Suid – Afrikaans Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (2008)

She has, over many years, taken leadership positions in organizing both national and international statistics conferences and general statistics capacity building initiatives, the most recent of which are

  • Theme Chair: World Statistics Congress, Hong Kong, Aug 2013
  • Topic Chair: International Conference on Statistics Education Conference, Flagstaff, USA, July 2014
  • Guest Editor: Statistics Education Research Journal (2011 – 2014)
  • Master trainer for Statistics Outreach to Teachers in South Africa (maths4stats)

She has been a member of the South African Statistical Association (SASA) executive committee since 1993 and was elected to the South African Statistical Association Education Committee in 1997, a national committee that she has chaired since 2003. She served as Vice President of the International Association for Statistics Education (2007 to 2011) and has just been elected to serve on the Council of the International Statistical Association.


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