New recommendations for utilising public sector data

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Public sector data should be highly valued rather than given away to private companies who have devised algorithms to utilise them, according to a new report by the Government’s Science and Technology Committee.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report, ‘Algorithms in decision-making’, has made a series of recommendations around how algorithms should be used when it comes to public sector data. The report is particularly timely, given the Prime Minister’s speech earlier this week indicating that algorithms will now be used more in the NHS.

RSS picks up four prizes at memcom awards ceremony

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We are thrilled to have been named professional association of the year 2018 at this year's memcom awards, which took place last week in London. The awards cover professional bodies and membership associations and the RSS was one of many professional organisations shortlisted for its various awards.

We were also delighted to win ‘best campaign on a shoestring’; best young comms executive and were highly commended in the ‘best newcomer’ category.

RSS fellows elected FRS, NAS and AcMedSci

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Congratulations to all of the RSS fellows elected into the Royal Society, the US-based National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of May 2018, RSS fellows Nancy Reid, Phil Dawid and John Speakman are three of 50 fellows elected this year to the Royal Society (FRS); Simon Tavaré and Trevor Hastie have been elected - as a foreign associate and member respectively - to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS); and Paula Williamson and Mark Woodward were announced as being elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences (AcMedSci). 

Actuaries institute partners RSS for data science workshops

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The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) are delighted to announce plans to collaborate on the exploration of the practical and ethical implications in the rapidly developing field of data science.

We believe that this partnership is especially relevant, drawing on our respective expertise, experience and strong professional values in the application of numerical science, twinned with a shared overarching commitment to the public interest.

ESRC announced as sponsor for RSS 2018 journalism awards

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We are very pleased to announce that the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are again sponsoring our annual Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards.

This is the 12th year of the awards, which celebrate journalists’ use of statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society.

Longitudinal studies need ‘strong use and impact evidence base’

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An independent review of the UK’s current programme of longitudinal studies has recommended that funding in this area should continue, but that the benefits the research brings should be better captured.

The report, written by an international panel of experts chaired by Professor Pam Davis-Kean, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, highlights the value of the UK’s portfolio of longitudinal studies and the importance of the Economic and Social Research Council’s long-term support for them. The panel noted that they are recognised globally and that ‘only longitudinal studies can answer certain questions’.

New review on improving knowledge exchange in maths sciences

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A review putting forward proposals on improving knowledge exchange within the mathematical sciences was published last week.

The review, conducted by an independent group headed by Professor Philip Bond, recommends that an Academy for Mathematical Sciences should be established in order to facilitate such exchanges between academia, government and industry. The new academy should act as a focal point and draw on the expertise of the already existing learned societies.

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