The RSS is pleased to confirm that it has selected the following to be RSS statistical ambassadors:
- Andrew James Williams, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy
- David Beckett, Civil Service Statistician Fast Stream
- Deirdre Toher, University of the West of England
- Elizabeth Williamson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Hugo Pedder, National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health
- Ilaria Prosdocimi, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Jamie Sergeant, University of Manchester
- Jennifer Rogers, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and UCL
- Jonathan Hope, Health and Social Care Information Centre
- Mike Holmes, National Australia Group
- Rob Mastrodomenico, Global Sports Statistics
- Robert Cuffe, ViiV Healthcare
These twelve - selected from thirty-two high calibre applications, will receive training and support over the next year to help them improve their skills and confidence in talking about statistics in public – to the media, schools and wider public.
Scott Keir, RSS head of education and statistical literacy explains the rationale behind the new scheme: 'Statisticians rarely appear in the public eye, yet there are few areas where statistics aren’t yet part of the story. I’m looking forward to working with this enthusiastic and talented group to help them get their statistical ideas across.'
He continued: 'It’s important that statisticians talk about their own work and wider statistical issues, whether that’s on a news programme, at a festival, or in a local school.They don't have to be part of this particular scheme; the RSS already supports several programmes promoting statistics and statistical literacy and we'd encourage any statisticians interested in getting involved to contact us.'