RSS fellows recognised at Science Council CPD awards

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Congratulations to RSS fellows Sarah Littler and Linsay Gray, who respectively won and was highly commended in this year’s Science Council CPD Awards.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the vital role that continuing professional development (CPD) plays in keeping professionals up-to-date and competent in their fields. In particular, they celebrate the achievements of registrants on the four Science Council registers: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) or Chartered Scientist (CSci).

RSS writes to UK political parties ahead of December election

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The RSS has, this week, sent letters to several political parties, calling for recommendations made in our newly published Data Manifesto to be included within their manifesto development.

Letters signed by our executive director Hetan Shah were sent to the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats ahead of the 12 December 2019 General Election.

RSS concern at lack of consultation over ‘radical’ RPI change

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The RSS has expressed further unease about the way the future of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) is being handled.

In a highly unusual step, RSS President Deborah Ashby has written to the chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Sir David Norgrove (PDF), to express our latest concerns that RPI is to be aligned with the CPIH index, as announced in September by the Treasury and the UK Statistics Authority.

RSS 2019 session: Getting your research published and maximising its impact

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'Getting your research published and maximising its impact' was a session jointly organised by Wiley and the Young Statisticians Section. The session aimed to provide guidance on the publication process, from writing the draft to promoting the final published paper, for early-career researchers. 

First up was Professor Jouni Kuha, a joint editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A. Jouni gave an overview of the submission and review process for journal articles and shared some tips on how to respond to reviews and increase chances of getting a paper accepted.

New editor for RSS Series B Journal

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Professor Aurore Delaigle has been appointed to succeed David Dunson as Joint Editor of Series B of the journal for the period 2020–2022.

Aurore Delaigle graduated from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with a degree in mathematics followed by a doctorate in statistics on kernel estimation in deconvolution problems. After receiving a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, she joined the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor, where she was awarded a Hellman fellowship.

RSS Conference heads to Aberdeen for the first time in 2022

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The Society has announced that the RSS 2022 International Conference will take place in Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland from 12-15 September 2022. 

This will be the first time that the city has hosted the conference and marks a return to Scotland for the first time since Glasgow hosted the highly successful RSS 2017 Conference.

RSS executive director Hetan Shah to step down

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Hetan Shah, executive director of the RSS, has announced that after eight years in post he will be stepping down at the end of January 2020. He will be moving on to take up the role of chief executive of the British Academy.

During his time at the RSS, the Society has grown in membership, more than doubled its financial reserves and developed a stronger external profile through work such as 'RSS Statistics of the Year' and the Society's Data Manifesto. It has also launched many new initiatives, such as the Statisticians for Society programme, whereby RSS fellows have provided statistical expertise for many charities.

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