- PhD (Social Statistics)
- MSc (Statistics by Course Work)
- BSc (Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics) Hons
- Survey Methodology
- Sample Survey Design
- Analysis Methods for Complex Social and Economic Data.
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David Steel did his undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, completing a BSc with majors in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics in 1973. In 1974 he undertook an honours year in Mathematical Statistics supported by a Cadetship from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). During 1977-78 he did a Masters Degree in Statistics by coursework at the Australian National University, part time. Ken Foreman and Noel Purcell encouraged him to undertake more advanced studies overseas. He completed his PhD in 1985 and returned to the ABS to become Director of the Sampling (Social Statistics) section.
Prof Steel has active links with industry, which includes projects with ABS, NZ Ministry of Health, NSW Health and Statistics New Zealand. He prepared a major report for UK Office for National Statistics, considered by UK Parliamentary Committee, on the development of a monthly labour force survey.
Prof Steel is leader of the Applied Statistics Education and Research Collaboration, which is funded by a major grant from DEST under the Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund. This project involved the University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Western Sydney as well as the University of Wollongong.