Society announces new VP for education and statistical literacy

Neil Sheldon has been elected by the Royal Statistical Society’s council as vice president for education and statistical literacy. He takes up the new post with immediate effect, and will be responsible for taking forward the Society’s strategy in these areas.

Neil is an experienced teacher and examiner; he taught at Manchester Grammar School for more than 40 years; he is currently chief examiner for pure mathematics and for statistics within the Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) Mathematics specification examined by the OCR awarding body. He also works on the Cambridge University STEP papers. Last year, he was on the ACME Expert Group which produced a report on developing guidelines for the new ‘core mathematics’ qualification which is currently under development.

Neil is a longstanding member of the Royal Statistical Society; he has served on Council, the Society’s Education Strategy Group and Professional Affairs Committee and was the Society’s Guy Lecturer in 2007. He is a Chartered Statistician and an associate lecturer at the Royal Statistical Society’s Centre for Statistical Education at the University of Plymouth.

On taking up the post, Neil said; 'There are major developments taking place in the school curriculum with implications for how statistics is taught. And, in a world full of data, an understanding of statistics is increasingly important in everyday life. I am delighted to take on responsibility for representing the Society's views in these vital areas.'