Statistics of the Year 2019: Winners announced

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The RSS has today (19 December 2019) announced the 2019 Statistics of the Year.

Now in its third year, the Statistics of the Year competition invites nominations of key stats that shine a light on important issues that affect everyone as well as reflect changes that are happening around us. This year's winners and highly commended stats cover a wide range of issues, from poverty to life expectancy; CO2 in the atmosphere to the amount of sugar in our soft drinks. 

Fred Smith 1934-2019

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We regret to report the death of Fred Smith, a former RSS president. Known for his work on survey sampling, Fred was Emiritus Professor of Statistics at the University of Southampton and a recipient of the RSS Guy Medal in Bronze (1979). 

2020 Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards launched

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We are now formally accepting 2020 entries for our Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate journalists who use statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society. Journalists and reporters from the BBC, BuzzFeed, The Economist and the Financial Times have all been recognised in previous years.

RSS launches new healthcare stats excellence award

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We are delighted to announce that the RSS, in partnership with the Health Foundation, is launching a new award for excellence in healthcare data analytics.

The Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics opens for entries next month. It is aimed at practitioners whose work in healthcare data analytics has played a crucial role in delivering innovative improvements for patient care in the UK.

Ian Diamond announced as keynote speaker at RSS 2020

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We are pleased to announce that the new UK National Statistician Professor Sir Ian Diamond will be a keynote speaker at the RSS 2020 Conference next September.

Sir Ian became the National Statistician in October having previously served as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board. 

RSS welcomes new initiative to develop data science qualification

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The Royal Statistical Society welcomes a new project developing framework for a data science qualification at senior secondary school and introductory university level.

The International Data Science in Schools Project (IDSSP) Curriculum Framework has brought together international communities - from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK - in statistics and computer science, to develop an ambitious framework for the standalone qualification in data science. 

RSS fellow Jane Hutton commended by John Maddox prize judges

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RSS fellow Jane Hutton has been commended by the judges of this year’s John Maddox prize for her work as a statistician and board member at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – the pension scheme for academic and academic-related staff in many of the UK’s universities.

Awarded by Sense about Science, The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics, despite challenges or hostility.

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