Higher education

Higher education

Our policy work considers how to strengthen the discipline of statistics in supporting scientific endeavour across universities. Areas of interest include promoting UK investment in scientific research, ensuring universities have strong statistical centres of expertise to work with other disciplines, developing the quantitative skills of non-statisticians, and considering the ‘people pipeline’ to ensure the UK has the number of analytically trained people it needs both within academia and industry.

Our work in this area is steered by the Academic Affairs Advisory Group. In relation to mathematics in particular, we are one of the founding members of the Council for Mathematical Sciences which seeks to develop, influence and respond to UK policy issues that affect the mathematical sciences in higher education and research.

Statistics applies across a wide range of academic disciplines including the sciences, mathematics, digital sciences and information technology, and the social sciences. It is a key driver of innovative academic research. Therefore, we support the development and teaching of quantitative skills across different disciplines, to ensure students excel in academic research as well as in numerate non-academic careers. One focus of this work has been on quantitative skills in the social sciences, as part of the High Level Strategy Group for quantitative skills which is chaired by Sir Ian Diamond.

A list of UK academic statisticians is published in this Directory of Academic Statisticians maintained by the Committee of Professors of Statistics, UK and Ireland.