Council meeting, June 2018

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Council, the trustees of the Royal Statistical Society, met on 27 June for the second time in 2018. The annual accounts for 2017 were approved as well as an inflationary increase in membership fees. Both of these matters will go to the Society’s AGM in September.

Council approved the formation of a new Data Ethics Special Interest Group. The chair will be Peter Elias, and the group plans to engage with topics such as the role of data trusts, data stewardship responsibilities, privacy commission structures and other emerging issues.

Winners of Stats Excellence in the Pharma Industry award 2018

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We are delighted to announce two winners for the 2018 Statistical Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Industry Award. For this year, both Dr Mouna Akacha, senior director at Novartis, and Dr Simon Bate, statistics leader at GlaxoSmithKline, have been awarded for their contributions to the pharmaceutical industry.

The award is jointly organised by the Royal Statistical Society and PSI - the member organisation for statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry - and recognises influential examples of the application of an existing statistical practice, or the implementation of an innovative statistical practice, in the industry.

Douglas Altman, 1948-2018

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It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of one of our fellows, the celebrated medical statistician Doug Altman; considered by many to have contributed more than any other statistician to improving the evidence for clinical practice. 

A world-leading expert on health research methodology and reporting, Doug was director for the Centre for Statistics in Medicine and professor of statistics in medicine at the University of Oxford, posts he held for more than 20 years. He was also senior statistical editor at the British Medical Journal.

RSS celebrates the work of its fellows for Volunteers' Week 2018

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The Royal Statistical Society will mark this year’s celebration of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2018) by sharing our volunteers’ experiences of the work they are doing for the Society.  

Volunteers’ Week is the annual celebration of volunteers and the contributions they make to organisations and communities across the UK.

June 2018 issue of Significance out now!

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The June 2018 issue of Significance is out now in print and digital formats. In this issue, we explore 175 years of history at Rothamsted Research, an agricultural research station whose employees – including Ronald Fisher – helped sow the seeds of modern statistics.

We also mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Scottish biologist D’Arcy Thompson, whose century-old ideas for studying shape and form have inspired generations of researchers, including those working in the field of statistical shape analysis.

RSS runs Lead Auditors course in Abu Dhabi

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The RSS has delivered its RSS18404 Lead Auditors course outside the UK for the first time, in Abu Dhabi.

The course is for certification bodies wishing to work with companies working to improve their processes to become 'better, faster and cheaper'. It has run for a number of years in the UK, but in May 2018, the first RSS18404 Lead Auditor course to run outside the UK was for certification company TUV NORD on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the body responsible for developing an infrastructure of quality in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

RSS concern over ‘statistically inadequate’ TEF consultation

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The RSS has issued a strongly worded statement regarding the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) consultation.

The RSS statement opens as follows: ‘The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) was alarmed by the serious and numerous flaws in the last TEF consultation process, conducted in 2016. Our concerns appeared not to be adequately addressed by the Department for Education. Indeed, the DfE’s latest TEF consultation exercise suggests that few statistical lessons have been learned from 2016’s experience.’

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