Advanced Research Computing


UCL R User Group

The UCL R user group is a friendly group for R users to meet, hear a talk and discuss R questions.

Originally set up in 2019 for staff and postgrad students at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), in 2020 we expanded to welcome the wider R community at UCL and beyond.

We currently meet online every 4 weeks on Thursdays at 1-2pm UK time online and in person. The idea is to create a friendly space for R users to come together, listen to a talk (typically 20-45 minutes) and ask questions. We aim to have a variety of talks to benefit beginners and more advanced R users. To join the group email naomi.launders.19@ucl.ac.uk.

Talk recordings are available to group members on our Microsoft Teams group. Contact Naomi Launders to join the group and get a link to the MS Teams group. Occasionally our talk materials are on Github repository.

2022/23 events: online at 1pm every 4th Thursday of term (approximately)

13th Oct 2022Scientific writing and reproducible research with R MarkdownAlasdair Warwick
10th Nov 2022Using R to study hospital use for physical health in people with severe mental illnessNaomi Launders
8th Dec 2022The false positive risk: a shiny appDavid Colquhoun
19th Jan 2023Dynamic documents using QuartoAjay Koli
16th Feb 2023Using the UK Government People’s Survey to Understand the Experiences of Civil Servants who identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual – with the help of R!Tyler Elliott
23rd Mar 2023R (or Python) for Open and Reproducible ScienceAndrew Mitchell
TBDVisualizing choice experiment data in ggplotNicole Watson
25th May 2023Using predictive modelling techniques to study the impact of COVID-19 on domestic energy consumption in GB (and how to make some nice-looking plots)Ellen Zapata-Webborn
22nd June 2023An introduction to testing R codeEd Lowther

UCL R User Group end-of-year Meetup Wednesday 6th July 2022

Join us for an exciting talk from Victoria and Albert Museum’s Bhavesh Shah on his work as a data scientist using R. We’ll also be hosting a peer-programming session for R users to bring their code for help and feedback. Should be a great opportunity to meet other R users, find out how other people code and improve or get help with your code. Plenty of refreshments for all those who can join us in person. For all the details and to sign up check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ucl-r-user-group-end-of-year-meetup-tickets-379017049197

2021/22 events: online at 1pm every 4th Thursday of term (approximately)

Date (2021)TitleSpeaker(s)
28th OctIntroducing the group and the organisersEllen Webborn & Scott Orr
2nd NovIn-person SOCIAL*Organised by Ellen and Scott
18th NovBuilding a stochastic model of COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless accommodation settingsDan Lewer
16th Dec~Postponed~ 
27th JanThe use of R in developing analytical literacy for policyIne Steenmans
23rd FebWorking with data: Introducing and comparing data.table and dplyrEllen Webborn & Jonathan Bourne
24th MarParallel REd Lowther

* 1-2pm Tuesday 26th October at the UCL Student Centre (inside on the main steps. An informal, bring-your-own-lunch get-together, with cake.

R Project Showcase, Thursday 17th June 2021

In June 2021 the UCL R User Group held our the first R Project Showcase - a free online event showcasing R projects by UCL students and early-career researchers (ECRs), and part of the UCL Festival of Code. Dr Kirsten McMillan from Dogs Trust gave the keynote speech and there were prizes for best student/ECR talk in each category. The book of abstracts is available here.

2020/21 talks (1pm every 4th Thursday)

Date (2020)TitleSpeaker(s)
1st OctTeaching R remotelyAyrton Bourn
29th OctWorking with data: Introducing and comparing data.table and dplyrEllen Webborn & Jonno Bourne
26th NovVersioning code with GitKenan Direk
Date (2021)TitleSpeaker(s)
28th JanGetting help in R*Ella Kaye
18th FebThe graph is always greener: Making (better) use of colour in RScott Orr
25th MarWorking with large datasets in RBin Chi
15th AprMultilevel modelling with pretty outputs in RAndrew Mitchell
13th MayInnovating with R-Studio for online course delivery: lectures, practicals, thesis templates and more!Joanna Wilkin & Andrew Maclachlan
10th Juntba 

* Slides say RLadies Coventry but otherwise they’re the same

2019/20 talks

Get involved

To find out more, join the group, offer to give a talk, or provide feedback please email naomi.launders.19@ucl.ac.uk.