2019 Mardia Prize to support workshops on economics of mental health

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the third Mardia interdisciplinary workshop prize: Dr Christoph Kronenberg (pictured).

Founded by RSS fellow Kanti Mardia, the Mardia Prize was created to fund cutting-edge interdisciplinary workshops bringing together statisticians with researchers from other scientific communities. Funding of £6,000–£8,000 is made available over two years to support these workshops.

Finalists announced for RSS early-career writing award

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Articles about political polarisation, Poisson distributions and flying bombs, and a bot's-eye view of the world are in the running for the 2019 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing.

Judges from Significance and the Royal Statistical Society's Young Statisticians Section met last week to review an assortment of entries.

RSS fellow Chris Whitty appointed new Chief Medical Officer

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The Cabinet Secretary earlier this month (7 June 2019) announced RSS fellow Chris Whitty as the new Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser.

Chris is currently Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care, and has overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and life science strategy.

New project to shape mathematics curricula of the future

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The RSS is delighted to be involved in an ambitious new research project seeking to shape and strengthen the mathematics and statistics curricula of the future to meet the rising need for data skills in the workplace.

The two-year project, The Mathematics Curricula Futures, is a partnership between the Royal Society, the RSS, the London Mathematical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Tech company Arm, is the first partner to support the research phase of this project.

New UKRI plan commits to strengthening statistical skills

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UK Research and Innovation, the body that brings together the UK’s seven Research Councils plus Innovate UK and Research England, has announced plans to work with the Royal Statistical Society to strengthen statistical skills in UK research.

UKRI, the non-departmental government body that oversees the government’s science budget of more than £7 billion has just published its Delivery Plan 2019. One of the actions it commits to for 2019-20 is to ‘Collaborate with the Royal Statistical Society on a plan, led by ESRC, to boost the statistical competencies of researchers in the UK,’ (see p28).

Proposed Bill to limit pre-release access in Scotland

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The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee has proposed a Bill to limit the pre-release access (PRA) that ministers and officials currently have to key economic data.

The changes include the reduction of a five-day limit that is applied to current PRA arrangements to just one day for certain categories of economic statistics (exports, productivity, local government finance and non-domestic rates), plus a phased removal of PRA altogether from GDP and retail sales statistics.

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