Congratulations to RSS fellow Kim Cocks, both a Chartered Statistician (CStat) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), who was highly commended in last week’s annual Science Council CPD Awards.
The awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the continuing professional development (CPD) achievements of registrants on the four Science Council registers: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) or CSci.
CPD plays a vital role in keeping professionals up-to-date and competent in their fields. The award nominees needed to present a summary of an inspirational programme of CPD over a 12-month period which satisfies the five science council CPD standards. As well as showing how their CPD was developing their technical scientific skills, commitment to improving ‘soft’ skills such as teamworking, mentoring and teaching was also recognised.
Kim is director and principal statistician at Adelphi Values (UK) and is also a freelance medical statistician (KCStats Consultancy). She was nominated for the award by the RSS based on her submission as part of the revalidation process for CStat and CSci. The RSS revalidation assessors commented that Kim provided ‘a very good submission from someone who clearly understands the purpose and benefits of CPD.’
Kim was 'very proud' to have received the nomination from the RSS and the commendation from the Science Council. 'To me, CPD is simply a reflection of the varied and interesting work that I have the privilege of undertaking as both a consultant and a mentor for my team,' she said. 'There are always new challenges and therefore new skills for me to learn. Keeping an up-to-date CPD log is very rewarding personally, it encourages me to look at all aspects of development and makes me notice how quickly the CPD hours build up over the year.'
The full list of winners and commendations is as follows:
CPD Award winners
RSciTech, Jessica Mehers, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
RSci, Nicole Phillips, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
CSci, Joe O’Brien, member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
CSciTeach, Diane Molyneaux, member of The Association for Science Education
CPD Award commendations
RSci, Lorraine Allan, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
RSci, Brian Murphy, member of Royal Society of Biology
CSci, Carol Ainley, member of Institute of Biomedical Science
CSci, Kim Cocks, member of the Royal Statistical Society
CSci, Elaine Fitzcharles, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
CSci, Nicki Lawrence, member of Institute of Biomedical Science
CSciTeach, Riona Redfearn, member of The Association for Science Education