Headshot Zak Varty

Zak Varty is a statistician, data scientist and educator.

He is a Teaching Fellow in Statistics at Imperial College London where he teaches courses and supervises research projects in statistics, data science and data ethics.

Outside of work, Zak enjoys spending time reading, running and baking tasty treats.


PhD Statistics and Operational Research | 2017 - 2021

Title: Statistical Modelling of Induced Earthquakes

Institution: Lancaster University, UK.

MRes Statistics and Operational Research | 2016 - 2017

Grade: Distinction

Institution: Lancaster University, UK.

MSci Mathematics and Statistics (Study Abroad) | 2012 - 2016

Grade: First Class (Honours)

Institution: Lancaster University, UK and University of Western Ontario, CA.


Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London | Aug 2021 - present

I teach on the online MSc in Machine Learning and Data Science course, support undergraduate student development, and supervise research projects at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Lecturer, Lancaster University | Feb 2021 - Apr 2021

Fixed term lecturship in department of Mathematics and Statistics. I adapted for online delivery and co-delivered a postgraduate course in extreme value theory.

Statistical Contractor, Shell Global Solutions, NL. | Oct 2019 - Jan 2020

Four month placement as a statistical contractor. I worked within the statistics and data-science teams on two projects related to corrosion management.

Intern, Huawei Technologies, CHN. | Jul - Aug 2016

Fully sponsored internship in Beijing and Shenzhen for high performing STEM undergraduates. Immersive education in large-scale ICT infrastructure, intercultural relations and international business management.

Reseach Intern, Lancaster University, UK. | Jul - Sept 2015

Summer research project within STOR-i CDT, investigating modelling techniques to estimate pharmacokinetic parameters from small data sets.


I was an active member of the Royal Statistical Society’s Lancashire & East Cumbria local group from 2017-2020. The group organises seminars and events to bring together those with an interest in data both within and outside of academia. I served as treasurer for the group for two years from 2017-2019.

I have also been involved in delivering university open days since 2016. At these events I have delivered mini-lectures to promote statistical thinking, raise awareness of available funding, and to promote the option of studying abroad.