New award to recognise commitment to stats Code of Practice

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The RSS has launched a new award that recognises trustworthiness and quality in statistics produced by organisations. The Voluntary Application Award in partnership with the Office for Statistics Regulation with Civil Service World as media partner.

The Office for Statistics Regulation's Code of Practice currently applies to everyone in an organisation producing official statistics, including senior leaders, policy professionals, communications staff and other analysts. The new Voluntary Application Award is for producers of data, statistics and analysis which are not official statistics, whether inside government or beyond, who have voluntarily committed to the Code.

Statisticians for Society project secures five-year Lottery funding 

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The RSS is today celebrating after being awarded £400k* in National Lottery funding to support its Statisticians for Society project.

Statisticians for Society provides a cost-effective and proven way for third sector organisations to secure the expertise of statisticians - RSS members - to collect, analyse and present data, ultimately helping them make informed decisions.

RSS Council meeting: November 2019

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Council, the Trustees of the Society, met for the last time in 2019 with a packed agenda.

The President, Deborah Ashby, noted that after eight years of service, the Society’s executive director, Hetan Shah, is stepping down in January 2020 and moving on to run the British Academy. She thanked Hetan for the considerable contribution he has made to the Society, and said that RSS fellows looked forward to continuing to collaborate with him in his new role at the British Academy.

RSS announces Statistics of the Decade 

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As the 2010's draw to a close, the RSS has announced its International and UK Statistics of the Decade (2010-19).

Following on from our Statistics of the Year announcement, the judging panel were looking for stand-out statistics that capture the zeitgeist of the last ten years. 

The winners are as follows: 

New William Guy Lecturer for 2020

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Congratulations to Dr Laura Bonnett, who is the new RSS William Guy lecturer for 2020 following an open call and a competitive selection process.

Named in honour of William Augustus Guy, an early medical statistician and past RSS president, this prestigious volunteer role recognises fellows with a successful track record in undertaking school outreach activities.

Second keynote speaker announced for RSS 2020 Conference

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Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Home Office, Professor John Aston, has joined the line-up of keynote speakers for RSS 2020 International Conference in Bournemouth next September.

John Aston is professor of statistics in the Statistical Laboratory within the Department of Pure Maths and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge. He has been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Home Office since 2017.

RSS helps judge Let’s Count! primary school competition

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Primary schools in England and Wales participated in a free educational programme set up by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for students to learn about the census.

ONS is currently conducting a census ‘rehearsal’ to test the processes, systems and services it needs to use before the Census 2021. In the rehearsal areas (Carlisle, Ceredigion, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) participating schools held a Let’s Count! day where pupils explored their local area and created school-centred maps and displays on what they discovered.

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