The RSS statistical ambassadors programme is a pilot scheme to help up to 12 UK-based professional statisticians respond to requests from event organisers and the media. It is not aimed at those wishing to change careers into the media or into professional communication roles but aims to support and assist those who wish to engage with public audiences about statistical matters through the media, in person, or online.
The programme is specifically aimed at early-career statisticians (up to ten years in the profession), including postgraduate students, and those with limited public communication experience.
Statistical ambassadors will receive two days' training (in November and spring 2015) and four telephone group mentoring sessions with experts including David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University (pictured), to help you reflect on and develop your skills. We ask statistical ambassadors to be responsive to requests from the RSS for volunteer time for public engagement. Participation in the programme is eligible for the RSS CPD requirements.