Nominations are now open for the Society awards to be made in 2016.
The honours committee would like to receive as broad a range of nominations as possible to ensure that the awards are made to those who best meet the criteria, which is summarised below.
Before making a nomination, please read the full guidance notes available at www.rss.org.uk/honours.
For 2016, the Society seeks nominations for the following honours:
The Guy Medals
These were established in memory of the distinguished physician and statistician William Augustus Guy FRS (1810-85), to encourage the cultivation of statistics in their scientific aspects and promote the application of numbers to the solution of important problems in all the relations of life in which the numerical method can be employed, with a view to determining the laws which regulate them'.
The Guy Medal in Gold is awarded to a Fellow of the Society judged to have merited a signal mark of distinction by reason of innovative contributions to the theory or application of statistics.
The Guy Medal in Silver is awarded to a fellow of the Society in respect of a paper or papers of special merit communicated to the Society at its ordinary meetings. Other contributions to statistics may also be taken into account.
The Guy Medal in Bronze is awarded to a fellow of the Society in respect of excellent work presented to any conference or meeting run by the Society, or published in any of the Society's journals. Eligible candidates must be within fifteen years* of the award of their first degree. Other contributions to statistics may be taken into account.
The Greenfield Industrial Medal, established by Professor Tony Greenfield, author and research consultant in business and industrial statistics, is awarded for outstanding contributions to the effective application of statistical methods to the manufacturing and allied industries.
The Wood Medal
Established in memory of the statistician Frances Wood OBE (1883–1919), the Wood Medal is awarded in respect of excellent published contributions to economic or social statistics. Eligible candidates must be within fifteen years* of the award of their first degree.
The West Medal
Established in memory of the Chartered Statistician John Howard West (d. 1998), this medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to the development or communication of official statistics.
The Barnett Award
A named lecture established in memory of environmental statistician Vic Barnett, is aimed at encouraging, and promoting the recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of environmental statistics (covering methodological development, the application of statistical methods to environmental sciences or exposition). Submissions for the award will be supported by published papers and/or scientific reports for which publication in whole or in part is not restricted.
Honorary Fellowships are awarded to individuals of great eminence working in fields related to statistics who are not necessarily or primarily members of the statistical profession.
Nomination forms and the guidance notes will be available soon and section secretaries will be notified. Sections and groups are asked to start to consider potential nominees for all of the above awards.
The deadline for the submission of honours is now Monday, 5 October 2015.
* Additional allowance may be made for career breaks and similar circumstances. If the first degree is at master's level, the time limit is reduced by one year.
** Additional allowance may be made for career breaks and similar circumstances. If the first degree is at master's level, the time limit is reduced by one year.