This year, the RSS is delighted to announce that Phil Ansell (pictured), a senior lecturer at Newcastle University, is this year's Guy Lecturer. Dr Ansell will deliver a lecture on sports statistics, titled 'Using data to predict the outcome of sporting events: who really is the best?
The lecture will look at how statistics can be used to help predict the outcome of key sports events such as Wimbledon or the Rugby World Cup, and how the statistical models differ between the different sporting events.
Dr Ansell replaces Dr Jen Rogers, a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, whose lecture topic last year examined evidence-based medicine and how statistics are used in clinical trials to judge how successful a new treatment is. She delivered seven lectures in schools during her tenureship.
The Guy Lecture has been a key part of the RSS's outreach work to schools since 1999, when Sir Adrian Smith delivered the inaugural Guy Lecture in the former school of William Augustus Guy, one of the early 19th century medical statisticians.
Further details on this year's Guy Lecture, as well as its history, is available on the Guy Lecturer page on the RSS main website.