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. 

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.

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.

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.

Council meeting, June 2018

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Council, the trustees of the Royal Statistical Society, met on 27 June for the second time in 2018. The annual accounts for 2017 were approved as well as an inflationary increase in membership fees. Both of these matters will go to the Society’s AGM in September.

Council approved the formation of a new Data Ethics Special Interest Group. The chair will be Peter Elias, and the group plans to engage with topics such as the role of data trusts, data stewardship responsibilities, privacy commission structures and other emerging issues.