Press releases

20 July 2017
THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY WELCOMES THE SMITH REVIEW ON POST-16 MATHS EDUCATION (PDF)
The Royal Statistical Society welcomes the publication of the report of Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s review of post-16 mathematics. The RSS is encouraged by the immediate response from the Government, and calls for prompt consideration of further, substantial recommendations.

15 June 2017
PRESS-RELEASE-ON-ONS-DECISION-TO-END-PRE-RELEASE-ACCESS-TO-OFFICIAL-STATISTICS (PDF)
Following a successful RSS campaign, we welcome the Office for National Statistics’ decision to end pre-release access to the statistics they produce.

20 January 2017
RSS COMMENTS ON PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT OF NEW UKSA CHAIR (PDF)
The RSS comments on the provisional appointment of Sir David Norgrove as the new Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

7 December 2016
HOW MANY DEAD PEOPLE VOTE? (PDF)
An article by Dr Kingsley Purdam in Significance Magazine on votes from beyond the grave in general elections.

26 October 2016
LEADING STATISTICS EXPERTS URGE RECONSIDERATION OF DECISION TO DROP STATISTICS A LEVEL (PDF)

20 October 2016
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE IN STATISTICS AWARDED TO SIR DAVID COX (PDF)

5 October 2016
RSS LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST OFFICIAL LEAD AUDITOR COURSE FOR LEAN AND SIX SIGMA IMPLEMENTATION, BASED ON ISO18404 (PDF)
The RSS announces as the sponsoring body, that it is running the world’s first official Lead Auditor Course for Lean and Six Sigma implementation in London, November 2016

11 March 2016 
THE RSS CALLS ON THE CHANCELLOR TO COMMIT TO INVESTMENT IN DATA INFRASTRUCTURE THE COUNTRY NEEDS IN NEXT WEEK’S BUDGET (PDF)
The RSS response to the final Bean Review report on economic statistics.

9 March 2016
NEW FORM OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEX AIMS TO MEASURE INFLATION AS HOUSEHOLDS EXPERIENCE IT (PDF)
The RSS welcomes a proposal made in a letter from National Statistician John Pullinger for a Household Inflation Index.

27 February 2016
RSS RESPONSE REGARDING THE TREASURY SELECT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE GOVERNANCE OF OFFICIAL STATISTICS (PDF)
The RSS responds to a letter written to Professor Sir Charles Bean regarding its views on the governance arrangements for official statistics in the UK.

12 February  2016
RSS WELCOMES THE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE “BIG DATA DILEMMA” REPORT (PDF)
The RSS welcomes the recommendations made in the Science & Technology Select Committee Big Data Dilemma Report

22 January  2016
RSS STATEMENT ON PUBLICATION OF THE STUDY-PROTOCOL BIA-102474-101 FOR THE FRENCH “FIRST-IN-MAN” TRIAL IN HEALTHY VOLUNTEERS (PDF)
RSS issues statement on French “first-in-man” trial.

02 December 2015
RSS WELCOMES CALL FOR BETTER ACCESS TO DATA TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC STATISTICS (PDF)
In response to the publication of the interim report by Sir Charles Bean on economic statistics.

20 October 2015
PARLIAMENT COUNTS: MPs TAKE UP STATISTICS TRAINING (PDF)
Marking World Statistics Day, the first of our training sessions for MPs kicked off today, with an additional session for Member’s staff later in the week.

7 October 2015
GLOBAL ORGANISATIONS CALL FOR ‘A TRUE DATA REVOLUTION’ IN ORDER FOR UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS TO BE REACHED (PDF)
The RSS has issued a statement with the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and the American Statistical Association (ASA), to which more than 40 other organisations have signed up. It calls for 'a true data revolution' in order to properly be able to measure progress against the UN's ambitious new SDGs.

6 August 2015
‘HARDER TO PLAY AGAINST 10’ IS A FOOTBALLING MYTH, PROVE STATISTICIANS (PDF)

4 August 2015
RSS LAUNCHES JOURNALISM E-TRAINING COURSES (PDF)

10 July 2015
ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY WARNS AGAINST POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN STATISTICS REVIEW (PDF)

11 May 2015
REPORT FROM WORKING GROUP ON REF LEAGUE TABLES (PDF) / USE ‘QUALITY PER RESEARCHER’ MEASURE SAYS RSS PRESIDENT IN OPEN LETTER (PDF)
RSS President Peter Diggle has written an open letter to Times Higher Education, to share an expert working group’s conclusions on how the Research Excellence Framework (REF) league tables could be improved.

28 April 2015
FUTURE MPs AGREE TO TAKE STATISTICS TRAINING (PDF)
Hundreds of election candidates have signed up to be trained in the accurate use of statistics if they become MPs, following a high profile lobbying campaign by the Royal Statistical Society.

26 March 2015
POLITICIANS WARNED: DON’T PLUCK NUMBERS OUT OF THE AIR DURING ELECTION CAMPAIGN (PDF)

23 February 2015
BURGLARS BEWARE: STATISTICS REVEAL BEST WAY TO KEEP HOMES SAFE (PDF)

19 February 2015
RSS “STRONGLY ADVISES AGAINST” CUTTING BACK ENGLISH HOUSING SURVEY (PDF)

11 February 2015
HOUSEHOLD INFLATION INDEX MUST NOT BE DISMISSED, SAYS RSS (PDF) / LETTER FROM PETER DIGGLE TO JOHN PULLINGER (PDF)
Recommendations from the Johnson Review of consumer price indices fall short of what is needed according to the Royal Statistical Society, and a ‘household inflation index’ reflecting the actual cost of household spending should be considered.

10 February 2015
NEW EU PROPOSALS THREATEN UK POVERTY RESEARCH (PDF)
New data protection rules proposed in Europe could severely hamper research into UK poverty and deprivation, a group of charities will warn today [Tue 10 Feb] at a conference on poverty statistics.