RSS welcomes new initiative to develop data science qualification

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The Royal Statistical Society welcomes a new project developing framework for a data science qualification at senior secondary school and introductory university level.

The International Data Science in Schools Project (IDSSP) Curriculum Framework has brought together international communities - from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK - in statistics and computer science, to develop an ambitious framework for the standalone qualification in data science. 

RSS launches new healthcare stats excellence award

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We are delighted to announce that the RSS, in partnership with the Health Foundation, is launching a new award for excellence in healthcare data analytics.

The Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics opens for entries next month. It is aimed at practitioners whose work in healthcare data analytics has played a crucial role in delivering innovative improvements for patient care in the UK.

RSS writes to UK political parties ahead of December election

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The RSS has, this week, sent letters to several political parties, calling for recommendations made in our newly published Data Manifesto to be included within their manifesto development.

Letters signed by our executive director Hetan Shah were sent to the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Democratic Unionist Party ahead of the 12 December 2019 General Election.

RSS concern at lack of consultation over ‘radical’ RPI change

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The RSS has expressed further unease about the way the future of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) is being handled.

In a highly unusual step, RSS President Deborah Ashby has written to the chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Sir David Norgrove (PDF), to express our latest concerns that RPI is to be aligned with the CPIH index, as announced in September by the Treasury and the UK Statistics Authority.

RSS fellow Jane Hutton commended by John Maddox prize judges

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RSS fellow Jane Hutton has been commended by the judges of this year’s John Maddox prize for her work as a statistician and board member at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – the pension scheme for academic and academic-related staff in many of the UK’s universities.

Awarded by Sense about Science, The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics, despite challenges or hostility.

New editor for RSS Series B Journal

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Professor Aurore Delaigle has been appointed to succeed David Dunson as Joint Editor of Series B of the journal for the period 2020–2022.

Aurore Delaigle graduated from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with a degree in mathematics followed by a doctorate in statistics on kernel estimation in deconvolution problems. After receiving a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, she joined the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor, where she was awarded a Hellman fellowship.

RSS Conference heads to Aberdeen for the first time in 2022

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The Society has announced that the RSS 2022 International Conference will take place in Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland from 12-15 September 2022. 

This will be the first time that the city has hosted the conference and marks a return to Scotland for the first time since Glasgow hosted the highly successful RSS 2017 Conference.

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