RSS Members' Week: The RSS strategy explained

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RSS executive director Hetan Shah explains what the RSS strategy is and what it means for members.

The vision of the RSS is a world with data at the heart of understanding and decision-making. Our strategy to move towards this vision has four main prongs:

RSS Members' Week: Getting involved in sections and local groups

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Our network of sections and local groups provide an excellent opportunity for our members to connect with statisticians with similar interests in their local community. They organise stats-related events, contribute to the RSS’ policy work and strategic aims, and offer members the chance to network with statisticians from a broad range of backgrounds to share best practice.

Take a look through the slides below to find out more about the groups we run and how you can get involved.

Event report: Inspiring young people with statistics

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The RSS promotes a wide range of activities that inspire young people about statistics and data, and on Tuesday 24 July 2018, at the University of Liverpool in London, around 30 people attended an afternoon workshop arranged by the RSS Education and Statistical Literacy Committee to find out more about some of these activities, and how to get involved.

Improving statistical education and wider statistical literacy is a core goal of the RSS, as Scott Keir, head of education and statistical literacy, emphasised in his introduction. RSS activities include education policy work, offering free e-teacher membership, and encouraging our members to engage with school students and teachers. Schemes that members are encouraged to get involved with include the RSS own William Guy Lectureship and programmes from other organisations including STEM Ambassadors, Inspiring the Future, RI Masterclasses, Nuffield Research Placements, and I’m a Scientist.

Data for good: Expanding our Statisticians for Society initiative

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The RSS initiative, Statisticians for Society has taken a further significant step this year towards increasing the opportunities for RSS fellows to volunteer their skills for good causes.

The Society has always encouraged members to give their time and skills to charities – indeed, one of its four key strategic objects is ‘for statistics to be used effectively in the public interest’. And when the Statisticians for Society initiative launched in 2014, the Society was able to start bringing volunteer opportunities to members across the UK and overseas via partner organisations DataKind and Statistics Without Borders.

Communicating and teaching statistics events at RSS Conference

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Scott Keir, head of education and statistical literacy at the RSS, provides a round-up of all of the sessions and events at this year's RSS Conference that will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching or promoting statistics in schools or communicating statistics.

This year's RSS International Conference, held this week in the beautiful city of Cardiff, looks set to be a brilliant event. I'm especially pleased to see such a wide range of sessions that contribute to our strategic goal of education and statistical literacy. As I look back over the past few years' programmes, I see a steady increase in the range and number of sessions, to the point where 'Communicating and teaching statistics' is now a regular session stream, and the professional development stream routinely includes sessions focusing on developing communication skills, essential for the modern statistician.

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