RSS statistical ambassadors

The RSS statistical ambassadors programme is helping early-career professional statisticians to respond to requests from event organisers and the media.

Statistical ambassadors, chosen by a competitive selection process, receive training and support to help them improve their skills and confidence in talking about statistics in public – to the media, schools and wider public. Between them, to date they have given media interviews, created and participated in public events, helped journalists and press officers understand probability, data analytics and other statistical issues, written popular articles, and much more.

Statisticians rarely appear in the public eye, yet there are few areas where statistics aren’t yet part of the story. Opportunities for fellows to develop their public engagement skills are listed in our call outs to members, and provided through professional development sessions at our RSS Conference.

For media queries, please contact Magdalen Wiley, Press and Public Affairs Officer, RSS. To contact the ambassadors or for further information on the programme, contact Scott Keir, Head of education and statistical literacy.

Third cohort

The third cohort of statistical ambassadors will be announced in June 2018, following a call out to members earlier in the year.

Second cohort

The second cohort of ten statistical ambassadors were selected in April 2016 from twenty-six high calibre applications in April 2016. They have received two days of training and have worked with first cohort to develop their skills and reach out to the wider public and media.

  • Aoibheann Brady, University of Bath
  • Liam Brierley, Coventry University
  • Susan Connolly, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge
  • Rhian Davies, Arctic Shores
  • Penelope Donohue, Forest Research
  • Michael Dunne-Willows, Newcastle University
  • Todd K. Hartman, University of Sheffield
  • Johanna Hutchinson, The Pensions Regulator
  • Liberty Vittert, University of Glasgow
  • Simon R. White, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge

First cohort

Twelve statistical ambassadors were selected for the first cohort from thirty-two high calibre applications in October 2014. They received two days' training and telephone group mentoring sessions, with experts including David Spiegelhalter, Timandra Harkness, Lucie Green, Sujata Kundu, Kevin McConway, Dorothy Bishop and Nicola Osborne.

  • Andrew James Williams, University of Exeter Medical School
  • David Beckett, Office for National Statistics
  • Deirdre Toher, University of the West of England
  • Elizabeth Williamson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Hugo Pedder, National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health
  • Ilaria Prosdocimi, University of Bath
  • Jamie Sergeant, University of Manchester
  • Jennifer Rogers, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Hope, Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Rob Mastrodomenico, Global Sports Statistics
  • Robert Cuffe, BBC News

Mike Holmes was a statistical ambassador from October 2014 until March 2016. He remains active within the Society.