Harvey Goldstein, 1939-2020

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We are incredibly sad to hear about the death of internationally renowned statistician Harvey Goldstein FBA, who passed away on 9 April 2020, aged 80.

Harvey was an internationally renowned statistician and social science researcher whose work had huge impact in many different academic disciplines. He was Professor of Statistical Methods at the Institute of Education (IOE), London from 1977 until his (first) retirement in 2005, during which time he was awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Silver (1998) and made a Fellow of the British Academy (1996).

RSS Council meeting: March 2020

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Council, the Trustees of the Society, met for the first time in 2020 on 24 March in what was a very productive session. As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, the Council meeting was conducted by teleconference.

The Society’s president, Deborah Ashby, welcomed Sylvia Richardson to her first Council meeting in her role as president-elect.

RSS calls for RPI consultation to be postponed

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RSS President Deborah Ashby has called for an important consultation on the future of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to be postponed in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing to the chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Sir David Norgrove, Deborah argued that current restrictions on public gatherings mean that scheduled consultative meetings on the issue have had to be cancelled - including one on 2 April at the RSS, which Deborah had been due to chair.

Society opens nominations call for 2021 Honours

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Nominations are now open for the RSS Honours to be made in 2021. Our Honours celebrate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to statistics and the winners are presented with their awards at a ceremony during our annual conference.

Individual fellows and members of RSS committees are encouraged to make nominations. 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.

RSS statement regarding the COVID-19 outbreak 

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The RSS has been proactive in ensuring the safety of its fellows, staff and stakeholders during the current COVID-19 pandemic and we will be monitoring the government’s guidance closely as the situation evolves.

The RSS London office is closed until further notice and all upcoming events have been postponed or where possible, moved to online participation only – read our latest update

New open access agreement for RSS journals

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A new agreement between our journals publisher Wiley and research support organisation Jisc means that UK-based researchers at participating institutions may now be able to publish open access in RSS Journals at no direct cost to them.

The agreement aims to support and accelerate open access publishing in the UK and is the most extensive UK-based transitional agreement, covering 138 Jisc member institutions.

SOTD shortlisted for ‘Best campaign on a shoestring' award

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The RSS ‘Statistics of the Decade’ (SOTD) initiative has been shortlisted for the ‘Best campaign on a shoestring’ prize at this year’s Memcom awards, which celebrate achievement by professional bodies and associations in the not-for-profit sector.

SOTD was entered for the award after generating an impressive amount of news coverage, in addition to the exposure already garnered by the Society's Statistics of the Year 2019. The overall media coverage included:

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