Figuring it out: Training our third cohort of stats ambassadors

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The RSS statistical ambassador scheme is now in its fourth year with a third cohort of ambassadors recruited. On 18 June a new cohort of ten statistical ambassadors (see below for details) attended their first of two training days at the Royal Statistical Society in London.

A misunderstood statistic can have life-changing effects, such as causing thousands of unwanted pregnancies, or an extremely tragic miscarriage of justice. Even on a day-to-day level, miscommunicated statistics can cause confusion about whether it’s okay to eat bacon or not; or even whether changes to the national lottery increases your chances of winning.

Keeping pace with a changing economy: The Economic Statistics Working Group

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The Economic Statistics Working Group (ESWG) is a joint initiative between a number of expert groups, including the Royal Economic Society, the Society of Professional Economists and the Royal Statistical Society, working with the Office for National Statistics, in order to engage with issues around economic measurement. ESWG member and chair of ONS Economic Experts, Joe Grice, explains what the group has done so far and its aims for the future.

We live in a world where huge changes are occurring both in our societies and the ways that our economies work. Advances in technology mean that new products and services are emerging that did not exist only a few years ago: a mobile phone today is a very different proposition from one ten years ago. These same leaps in technology are also influencing existing products and services, pervasively changing their character and quality.

Voice of the Future 2018: Bringing young scientists to Parliament

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The Royal Society of Biology’s annual Voice of the Future event offers students and early-career scientists the opportunity to question key political figures about important scientific issues. YSS committee members Lucy Teece and Stephen Blaxland represented the Royal Statistical Society at this year’s event held, in the Houses of Parliament during British Science Week.

Throughout the morning, a multitude of questions raised by representatives from a wide range of scientific societies, organisations, and local high schools, were answered by the newly-appointed Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah; the Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation, Chi Onwurah; members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, Martin Whitfield, Stephen Metcalfe, and Carol Monaghan; and the director of the Government Office for Science, Dr Rupert Lewis.

 

Diary entry of an RSS fellow teaching at AIMS Cameroon: Part 1

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Ever thought about teaching the statistical skills and knowledge you've gained in another part of the world? RSS fellow and medical statistics PhD student Will Hulme moved from University of Manchester in January to teach at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Limbé, Cameroon, and in the first of a series of blog posts, he shares his experiences of a typical day working at AIMS Cameroon.

Comprising six (and counting) centres for postgraduate education, research, and outreach in the mathematical sciences, AIMS's ultimate purpose is to equip Africa's future mathematicians and scientists with the means to propel the continent towards scientific, educational, and economic self-sufficiency. The flagship programme that Will is currently tutoring on is a residential Master's degree for talented African graduates, with lecturers invited from across the world. There are 47 students on this year’s course from 17 different African nations. 

Diary of an RSS fellow teaching at AIMS Cameroon: Part 2

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RSS fellow and medical statistics PhD student Will Hulme moved from University of Manchester in January to teach at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Limbé, Cameroon. Here he shares the next installment of his experiences of a typical day working at AIMS Cameroon.

The flagship programme that Will tutors on is a residential Master's degree for talented African graduates, with lecturers invited from across the world. There are 47 students on this year’s course from 17 different African nations.

A Q&A with RSS Journalism Award winner Aasma Day

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In last year's RSS Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards, the Johnston Press investigations team was Highly Commended in the Investigative Journalism category. The team's entry was a collection of articles centred around a 'Drive for Justice' campaign which ran in several different regional newspapers as well as in national newspaper the i and which highlighted sentencing figures for those convicted of death by dangerous driving.

The team was praised by the RSS judges for clearly presenting statistical analyses of sentencing figures alongside emotive case studies. Aasma Day, who leads the Johnston Press investigations team, talks about how the team sourced and presented its data, and how its reporting helped raise awareness of an issue that eventually saw a change in the law.

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