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 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.

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.

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.

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.’

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). 

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