New William Guy Lecturer 2018-2019

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We are delighted to announce that the new RSS William Guy lecturer for the coming academic year is Dr Lee Fawcett, following an open call and a competitive selection process. Named in honour of William Augustus Guy, an early medical statistician and past RSS president, this prestigious volunteer role recognises fellows with a successful track record in undertaking school outreach activities.

Over the coming year, Lee will be delivering lectures to school students in the UK on the topic of ‘The Storm of the Century! Using data to anticipate extreme climate events’, which looks at what insights statistics can provide for extreme weather events.

Lee is a lecturer in statistics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics at Newcastle University. His research interests include innovative methods for teaching statistics, extreme value theory, and Bayesian approaches to road safety hotspot prediction. He has given many interactive talks to students with an interest in statistics and its applications, from children in Year 6 to A level students.

If you are interested in organising a William Guy Lecture, please visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Priority booking is given to e-teacher members and RSS local groups, especially for lectures open to multiple schools in a given location. Bookings from other organisations open on 14 September 2018.

You can find out more about the talk, including a synopsis, at

Read an interview with last year’s William Guy lecturer, Jeff Ralph.

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