Careers in statistics: a Q&A with Órlaith Burke

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To accompany the launch the new Careers section of StatsLife, we talked to Young Statisticians Section member Órlaith Burke about her career in statistics so far.
 
From how her interest in maths was first sparked to how she identified the statistical niche that she settled into, her story reflects some of the most appealing aspects of both medical statistics and life as a university lecturer. Since her PhD, Órlaith Burke, has followed the academic route and is currently a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford’s Department of Statistics.

Liberating the potential of open data: a Q&A with Heather Savory

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The open data agenda is one of the most radical ideas to take hold in governments across the world and the UK has aspirations to lead the pack in the initiative. Its main champions, Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners-Lee, have been joined by a commitment to open up government data that began with the last Labour government and continues through the current coalition.

A lifelong passion for statistics: an interview with Lord Claus Moser

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Lord Claus Moser is a name that will be familiar to many statisticians – in fact, to some it may be synonymous with official and social statistics. Many will remember him in his role as Head of Government Statistics from 1967 to 1978, during which time he worked closely with three successive British prime ministers – Harold Wilson, Edward Heath and James Callaghan.

Event report - Cathie Marsh Memorial Lecture 2013

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This annual memorial lecture is jointly organised between the Royal Statistical Society and the Social Research Association. Cathie Marsh was an inspirational social scientist involved with both organisations, and the seminar is seen as an appropriate way of remembering her.

The question under discussion this year was: What can RCTs bring to social policy evaluation? Watch the lecture here.

A meeting of minds: 20 years on

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2013 has seen the anniversary of two events that have been of major significance in the history of the RSS. In 1993, the Royal Statistical Society merged with the Institute of Statisticians (IoS) and professional qualifications were introduced. This meant that for the first time, RSS fellows could now become professionally recognised statisticians.

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