RSS presses for policy change re: stats releases on polling days

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The RSS has helped to amend a UK Statistics Authority policy regarding the publishing of official statistics during election days.

The official policy has been, and still is, to ensure that statistics aren’t published on long-planned election days. However, if a snap election is called, decisions have to be made about when to publish the statistical releases planned for that day. Previously, the policy stated that, ‘Statistics with a high level of public interest should be brought forward to the day before polling day, or if that is unfeasible, then they can be delayed until the next day.’

Peter Diggle to deliver Barnett Lecture at RSS 2018 Conference

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Former RSS President Peter Diggle has been confirmed to deliver the Society's Barnett Lecture at our 2018 conference in Cardiff. 

Taking place on 6 September, the Barnett Lecture is in memory of Vic Barnett, a former RSS council member who helped pioneer the Society's Environmental Statistics section. 

RSS fellows lead new data science research £14m funding boost

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Congratulations to RSS fellows at Lancaster University, who are leading key research projects in a new £14m data science initiative funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

EPSRC is funding five new research projects that take novel approaches to challenges in data science, following a call made in late 2016. 

Schools get £600 funding boost for post-16 maths and stats students

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The Department for Education has announced that schools and colleges in England offering maths study post-16 will receive £600 extra funding per additional pupil per year from September.

The new Advanced Maths Premium will ensure that a range of flexible pathways will be available for students looking to study maths beyond GCSE level. It will not only support the further growth of A level Mathematics, it will help to secure the future of Further Mathematics and AS level Mathematics, the latter potentially as a fourth course alongside three A levels.

New code of practice for UK government statistics

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RSS fellows have helped provide input into the UK Statistics Authority's new revised Code of Practice for Statistics, designed to be used across UK government.

Any government body or department that produces National Statistics has been required to comply with the Code since it was first issued in 2008. It imposes high standards on the way in which data is collected and presented and can be adopted voluntarily by other bodies.