RSS takes its statistics courses to Leeds, Cardiff and Manchester

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The RSS is taking some of its most popular courses out of London and is now offering a range of foundation and professional data-related courses in Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester in September 2018.

Our popular foundation course, Basic Statistics is being run at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds on 13-14 September. Coached by Ellen Marshall, the statistics co-ordinator in the Maths and Statistics Help centre (MASH) at Sheffield University, the purpose of this course is to help participants understand some basic statistical concepts such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation as well as how to develop a strategy for simple data analysis. Ellen is the winner of an internal student union award for Innovation in Academic skills development & Sigma Outstanding Contributor award in the field of Maths and Statistics Support. 

GLA adopts statistics code of practice

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The RSS is delighted to hear that the Greater London Authority (GLA) is voluntarily adopting the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice in order to ensure the quality, trustworthiness and value of their local data and statistical outputs. It will be the first UK city administration to adopt the new Code.

The GLA produces and publishes a great many statistics through its award-winning data platform, the London Datastore. The open data helps the GLA understand the performance of key public services such as the police, transport and fire and rescue. They are also used by the London Assembly to stimulate democratic debate and hold the Mayor to account.

Stats excellence in journalism awards 2018: winners announced

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The annual prize ceremony for the RSS statistical excellence in journalism awards was established in 2007 to celebrate journalists who use statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society. This year, thanks to sponsorship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the awards comprised four categories: Explaining the facts, Data visualisation, Investigative journalism and Regional journalism.

RSS opens call for nominations for Statistic of the Year

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We're very pleased to be launching the second ‘Statistic of the Year’ for 2018 to find out which statistic best captures 2018 so far.

Last year’s winning and highly commended statistics were on topics such as causes of death (from terrorist attacks compared to lawnmower fatalities) in the USA, declining teenage pregnancy rates, the amount of 'concrete jungle' in the UK and the number of active phone connections worldwide. 

Campion Awards for Official Statistics 2018: Winners

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The 2018 Campion award for excellence in official statistics was presented at an awards ceremony last night by UK Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell.

The award is named in honour of former RSS president, the late Sir Harry Campion, the first director in 1941 of what was then the UK Central Statistical Office and is given in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority. It celebrates good practice in UK government statistics and focuses on statistics for the public good. Civil Service World is the media partner for this year’s award.

2018 Mardia Prize to support extreme weather research

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We'd like to congratulate the winners of the second Mardia interdisciplinary workshop prize, which has just been announced.

Founded by RSS fellow Kanti Mardia, the prize was created to encourage cutting-edge interdisciplinary work by bringing together statistics with other science communities through workshops in emerging interdisciplinary areas. Funding of £3,000–£4,000 per year will be made available to support workshops that bring statisticians together with other scientific communities and to maintain a sustained focus.

Stephen Penneck nominated as new ISI president-elect

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RSS fellow and current chair of the RSS National Statistics Advisory Group, Stephen Penneck, has been nominated as the next president-elect of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

Stephen is currently ISI vice president and is the sole nominee for the next president-elect role. If uncontested, he will begin his tenure as president-elect in 2019, taking on the presidency in 2021 when he will replace John Bailer.

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