My four-month sabbatical at AIMS Rwanda: part one

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With support from the RSS, Marc Deisenroth travelled to Rwanda to teach statistics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. In the first installment of a two-part series, he describes his impressions of Rwanda, the AIMS centre in Kigali, and the masters course that he taught there.

There is a decision that every academic faces who decides to takes a sabbatical: what is the most effective way to spend my long sought-after time? Often a tension emerges: Should I spend my time on high-impact career-progressing work, like a long-planned book, or time in an international lab with a different research focus to learn new things, or should I work toward more community development and social impact?

Data ethics: Shaping its future

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Should statisticians be more involved in shaping the future of data ethics? Tom King, secretary of the Royal Statistical Society’s Data Ethics Special Interest Group, tracks the current progress in the data ethics landscape and urges RSS fellows to get involved at this vital stage of development

When the RSS responded to the government consultation on the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation in September, we could see the potential to lead internationally as there is no established precedent elsewhere in the world.  

RSS Members' Week: Membership: It’s all about you

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Our first RSS Members’ Week is almost at an end and we hope that you have been able to participate: members are at the heart of all our activities and we could not achieve our objectives and goals without the valuable support, energy, expertise and commitment you give to the Society. So first and foremost, a huge thank you to all RSS members!

During the week there have been a variety of activities which members could join in – whether by attending an event or reading a journal or Significance article, we hope you embraced the opportunity to get involved and show your support for the RSS. If you’ve missed any of the week’s activities, take a look at our website or check out our accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

RSS Members' Week: Staying connected with the RSS

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It’s easy to keep in touch with the RSS. We’re here to help you and to keep you up to date with all of the benefits and services on offer to you. Take a look below at how you can stay connected.

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RSS Members' Week: Connecting with your Peers

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There are many ways for our members to connect with each other. We run regular events and our members can get involved in sections and local groups to meet fellow statisticians, data scientists and other stats fanatics face-to-face. We appreciate, however, that not everyone has time to attend events or meetings on a regular basis so there are others way for you to connect with fellow members. 

Fellows Directory

All fellows have access to our online fellows’ directory in MyRSS, which allows you to search for other fellows by name, location and/or interests. This is an opt-in list and you can update your profile whenever you wish through the ‘listings’ tab in MyRSS. You have the option to show as little or as much information about yourself as you like and members can contact you using the details you allow us to show. This is a great way to connect with fellows in your local area or who share your areas of interest.

Consultants Directory

The Consultants Directory is list of our Chartered Statisticians who are professionally active and available to undertake consultancy work. It’s publicly available on our website and allows users to search and contact our professionally qualified members for help with statistical work. This is another opt-in list and CStats are invited to keep their details up to date, including their areas of specialism, if they’re happy to be contacted about consultancy opportunities. The RSS Consultants Directory can be found on the RSS website at


RSS Members' Week: Speaking for statistics: The RSS statistical ambassador initiative

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The RSS statistical ambassador initiative was launched in 2014 to support and assist career-young statisticians who wish to engage with public audiences about statistical matters through the media, in person, or online.

Our third cohort of statistical ambassadors were selected earlier this year – check out the video below to hear their thought on why it’s such an important scheme.

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