Professional Statisticians’ Forum

Professional Statisticians’ Forum (PSF) meetings enable professional statisticians to share professional experiences and discuss professional development. The meetings are intended for Chartered Statistician (CStat) and Graduate Statistician (GradStat) members, but all our members are welcome.

PSF events

PSF hosts virtual and face-to-face meetings. Events are held four times a year and typically run for 90 minutes with speakers and Q&A sessions. Many of the meetings are webinars and at least one is held during our conference.

Meeting papers and slides are available on our website at least a week ahead of an event.
We encourage you to pre-register for an event, though this will not be necessary for webinars.

Dial-in details

Dial-in details for UK and international users and the link to the web conferencing system are provided on this page.

Future events

2018 Campion Award Winners & Runners Up for Excellence in Official Statistics

You are invited to view a free -to-attend webinar on Thursday 9 May 2018, 12.00pm – 2.15pm (BST). As it is a webinar registration is not required and dial-in details for this and other PSF webinars can be found at www.rss.org.uk/psf

This webinar session will feature three series of presentations from award winners and shortlisted entries for the 2018 Campion awards in official statistics. They will talk about the motivation for the work, how it was done, the key outcomes and how things have developed since.

In particular, you will hear from:

  • The 2018 Winners: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), talking about the Future Farming and Environment Evidence Compendium.
  • Runner-up: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA): Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures.
  • Runner-up: ONS and the Home Office: Busting myths, application of new data sources and analysis
  • Commended: Office for Statistics Regulation: Code of Practice for Statistics
  • Commended: ONS – Data science for the public good
  • A range of presentations from an excellent range of the shortlisted entries, including sessions on data visualisation, developments in official statistics and improved ways of communicating statistics to the public.

It will be possible for network members to join the whole session, or to dip in for presentations on particular topics.

Session 1: “Developments in official statistics” 12:00pm to 12:40pm

12.00 Brief introductions and checking webinar connections.
Session 1: “Developments in official statistics”
12.10 Cancer Survival Rates: John Broggio (PHE)
12.20 Developments in adult social care statistics: Robyn Wilson (NHS Digital) and Jane Winter
12.30 Improving the communication of statistics for National Records of Scotland: Esther Roughsedge
12.40 Panel discussion and comments/ questions

Session 2: “Trust, quality and added value” 12:50pm to 13:20pm

12.50 Interactive visualisation of GCSE and A-Level results: Stephen Rhead (Ofqual)
13:00 The Code of Practice for Statistics: Penny Babb and Marie McGhee (OSR)
13:10 Data Science: innovation for the public good: Peter Fullerton (ONS)
13:20 Panel discussion and comments/ questions

Session 3: “Campion award winners” 13:30pm to 14:15pm

13:30 Busting myths: application of new data sources and analysis: Nicky Rogers/Eleanor Fordham (ONS) and David Matz (Home Office)
13:40 Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation measures: Tracy Power (NISRA)
13:50 The future farming and environment evidence compendium: Jennifer Kemp/ Luke Ridley (DEFRA)
14:00 to 14:15 Final panel discussion and closing remarks.

The RSS Official Statistics Awards, jointly awarded by the RSS and by the UK Statistics Authority, recognise and celebrate developments in Official Statistics. From 2018 onwards, the awards have been named in honour of former RSS President, the late Sir Harry Campion, who became the first Director of what was then the UK Central Statistical Office in 1941. For more information about the award please see our website here.

Past events

Webcasts, MP3s and slides from past events are available to download.