RSS fellow receives COPSS 2018 Presidents Award

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The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) has awarded its 2018 Presidents Award to RSS fellow, Richard Samworth.

The award is presented every year to a young member of one of COPSS's societies, recognising outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics. This year’s award citation recognised Richard for his ‘fundamental contributions to nonparametric inference' and for 'many substantial contributions to the profession, including editorial service and extensive service to statistical societies; and for the training and mentoring of junior researchers.’

Memorial plaque for abolitionist statistician, Zachary Macaulay

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To celebrate European Statistics Day, the RSS has contributed to a memorial plaque in memory of statistician and anti-slavery campaigner Zachary Macaulay, who used his statistical skills to help abolish slavery within the British Empire in the 19th century.

The plaque was unveiled yesterday (Friday 19 October 2018) in St George’s Gardens, London to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Macaulay's birth.

Conference 2018: Our awards ceremony in pictures

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Every year, the RSS presents a number of medals, awards and prizes for outstanding contributions to statistics.

The awards are presented at our Annual International Conference, which this year took place in Cardiff. The awards were presented by our current president, Sir David Spiegelhalter.

Conference 2018: Photo gallery

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We had an amazing conference this year - many thanks to all who took part! We hope this photo gallery gives a flavour of everything that went on.

Many thanks to our photographer Rich Gray at Rugfoot Photography. See next year in Belfast!

RSS endorses regulator’s criticism of DfE stats claims

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The RSS has issued a strongly worded statement regarding the Department for Education's 'misuse' of statistics regarding government funding of education.

RSS President, Sir David Spiegelhalter, said: 'The Department for Education has had multiple warnings over the years about misusing statistics. For a Department that is in charge of the nation’s numerical skills, this is getting embarrassing. Ministers need to get a grip and ensure they use numbers in a trustworthy way.

'As the UK Statistics Authority has shown, the DfE has recently been using statistics selectively, in a way that can rightly be termed "spinning".'

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