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Mon 15 Jul - Tue 16 Jul 2024
09:30 - 17:00

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics

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Linear mixed effects models (IN-PERSON)

Mon 15 Jul - Tue 16 Jul 2024


This course gives an introduction to linear mixed effects models, also called multi-level models or hierarchical models, for the purposes of using them in your own research or studies.

We emphasise the practical skills and key concepts needed to work with these models, using applied examples and real datasets.

After completing the course, you should have:

  • A conceptual understanding of what mixed effects models are, and when they should be used
  • Familiarity with fitting and interpreting mixed effects models using the lme4 package in R

Please note that this course builds on knowledge of linear modelling, therefore should not be considered a general introduction to statistical modelling.

If you do not have a University of Cambridge Raven account please book or register your interest here.

Additional information
  • ♿ The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access.
  • Our courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged according to our charging policy.
  • Attendance will be taken on all courses and a charge is applied for non-attendance, including for University of Cambridge students. After you have booked a place, if you are unable to attend any of the live sessions, please email the Bioinfo Team.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.
  • Guidance on visiting Cambridge and finding accommodation is available here.
Target audience
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals

Though this course is aimed a non-specialist audience, it assumes that all attendees already have:

  • Knowledge of core statistical concepts, in particular linear modelling
  • A working knowledge of R/RStudio

Please do not sign up to attend this course unless you have these prerequisite skills and knowledge.

We strongly recommend first attending the Core Statistics and/or Introduction to R course, if you do not already have equivalent statistical and basic R training.

If you would like to check your own knowledge, you can use our quick pre-requisites quiz.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 15 Jul   09:30 - 17:00 09:30 - 17:00 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map V.J. Hodgson,  Martin van Rongen,  Hugo Tavares
2 Tue 16 Jul   09:30 - 17:00 09:30 - 17:00 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map V.J. Hodgson,  Martin van Rongen,  Hugo Tavares
Topics covered
  • Random effects (intercepts & slopes)
  • The syntax of the lme4 package
  • Visualising/plotting mixed effects models
  • Significance testing
  • Checking assumptions & quality of mixed effects model
  • Nested and crossed random effects
  • Fitting mixed effects models to complex experimental designs

The course also gives a brief introduction to maximum likelihood estimation and mixed effects models notation for those who are interested in these topics.


The course is delivered via a mix of lectures and self-paced practicals with worked examples and support from trainers in the room.

There will also be time on the second day of the course to apply what you've learned to your own dataset(s), with support from trainers.

System requirements

This course will require you to have an up to date installation of R and RStudio on your computer beforehand. Brief installation guides will be provided and support will be available from the tutors during the sessions. Participants must have their own computers to work on.

Registration fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 60/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 60/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 120/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here

2 full days


Several times a year

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