RSS public training courses

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  • Our training courses aim to meet the needs of both statisticians and users of statistics
  • Our presenters are experienced in their field of expertise and as trainers
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Courses

2016

An introduction to R & modelling in R
Presented by Paul Baxter
Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th May 2016
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to the R environment for statistical computing. Day 1 of the course focuses on entering, working with and visualising data in R. Day 2 focuses on regression modelling in R, including linear, general linear, logistic and survival models. Participants can either register for both days, or for either Day 1 or Day 2, depending on their background and interests.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Concepts and Methods in Causal Mediation Analysis
Presented by B De Stavola & R Daniel
Friday 3 June 2016
Level – Professional
CPD 6 hours
Many research areas may involve the study of how the effect of a particular exposure on the outcome of interest is mediated by intermediate factors. Although the study of mediation is well established in the social and behavioural sciences, and often loosely attempted in epidemiology, developments in modern causal inference have highlighted the limitations of these ‘classical’ approaches and led to new definitions based on counterfactuals and novel estimation methods that deal with specific challenges such as intermediate confounding. On this one day training course we will present and compare these two frameworks and stress the greater rigour and generality permitted by the potential outcomes framework.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

An Introduction to Multivariate Meta-Analysis
Presented by Malcolm Price, Richard Riley & Jamie Kirkham
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Level – Professional
CPD 6 hours
The use of meta-analysis to synthesise effect estimates from multiple studies is now well established in evidence based medicine. Many studies have more than outcome of interest, such as disease-free survival and overall survival, and researchers currently meta-analyse each outcome separately. However, such multiple outcomes are often related to each other, i.e. they are correlated. For example, a patient’s time to recurrence of disease is generally associated with their time of death. By meta-analysing each outcome independently, researchers ignore this correlation and thus lose potentially valuable information. However, a multivariate meta-analysis can analyse correlated outcomes together and utilise their correlated information to get the most out of the available data. This course provides a firm introduction to multivariate meta-analysis methods and gives a full demonstration of its implementation in STATA.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Presenting Data
Presented by Ed Swires-Hennessy
Thursday 23 June
Level – Foundation
CPD 6 hours
This one day course is the foundation to all presentations of statistical information. The basic principles of presenting information in tables, charts, maps and text are explained. These are illustrated and then reinforced through practical exercises. The course is for anyone who is involved in communicating statistics to non-statisticians or who reports on data – of any description – within organisation, to specific communities and to the general public where a message is being given.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Basic Statistics (Understanding and Analysing Data)
Presented by Jenny Freeman and Ellen Marshall
Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th June 2016
2 Days
Level – Foundation
CPD 12 hours

The purpose of the course is to help delegates understand some basic statistical concepts and develop a strategy for approaching a simple data analysis. The course will introduce basic concepts such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation. It will provide the tools to undertake a simple analysis of a dataset and include some helpful hints and tips for reading and understanding reported statistics.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Questionnaire Design and Web Survey Implementation
Presented by P Campanelli
Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 September 2016
Level – Foundation
CPD 12 hours

Web surveys are becoming one of the most popular methods of survey data collection. This course has two strands: (1) to provide a thorough grounding in the questionnaire design aspects of web surveys (the questions, the visual layout), while (2) looking at wider implementation issues around the questionnaire (e.g., unique things about web surveys; web specific decisions like progress bars and multimedia; web survey implementation issues like invitations, reminders and incentives; software; testing and designing for mobile devices). Throughout, the course explores both hidden pitfalls and good practice and combines practical knowledge with advice from current research on web surveys.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Statistical Disclosure Control
Prof Natalie Shlomo
Monday 5 September
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours
This course will provide an overview of the Disclosure risk-Data utility framework underpinning the need to protect the confidentiality of respondents in statistical outputs. Statistical disclosure control (SDC) methods will be covered for different types of outputs describing measures that can be used to quantify the disclosure risk and data utility in order to make informed decisions about data release.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Handling the media - Manchester
Presented by John Illman
Monday 5th September 2016
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours
Governments, large companies, university departments and charities regard preparation for media interviews as essential. It is easy to see why: interviews can and do go wrong; science and the media are disparate cultures and fragmentation of the media has created new pitfalls. One ill-advised comment can go viral and reach millions of people in an instant. This course will give you the skills and confidence to make the most of interview opportunities.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Introduction to data visualisation using R - Manchester
Presented by Aris Perperoglou
Monday 5th September 2016
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours
In this course we will illustrate how to perform graphical data analysis to enhance your own understanding of hidden patterns and relationships, and how to present data in a way that yields insight and communicates important information. We will be using Rstudio as the toolset and advanced modern packages such as ggplot, shiny and googleVis.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

A practical introduction to Bayesian statistics – Manchester
Presented by Richard D. Morey
Monday 5th September 2016
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours
Bayesian statistics has become a standard approach for many applied statisticians across a wide variety of fields due to its conceptual unity, clarity, and practical benefits. However, because training in Bayesian methods is often not a standard part of research curricula, benefits of Bayesian statistics have been slower to reach applied researchers. This one-day course aims to provide a working knowledge of Bayesian statistics for interested researchers.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Using simulation studies to evaluate statistical methods in Stata – Manchester
Presented by Tim Morris, Michael Crowther & Ian White
Monday 5th September 2016
Level - Professional 
CPD 6 hours
Simulation studies are an important tool for statistical research. They help us understand the properties of statistical methods and compare different methods. To perform a meaningful simulation study, careful thought needs to be put into the design, coding, analysis and interpretation.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Longitudinal and Missing Data
Presented by Geert Verbeke and Geert Molenberghs
Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September 2016
Level – Professional
CPD 12 hours

The course begins with a brief presentation of linear mixed models for continuous hierarchical data. The course focus is from the modeller’s perspective and on applications. Emphasis will be on model formulation, parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing, as well as on the distinction between the random-effects (hierarchical) model and the implied marginal model. It will be shown that, if no appropriate measures are taken, missing data can seriously jeopardize results, and interpretation difficulties are bound to occur. Methods to properly analyse incomplete data, under flexible assumptions, will be presented.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Survival Analysis
Presented by D Collett
Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 September 2016
Level – Foundation
CPD 12 hours
Standard methods of survival analysis based on the Kaplan-Meier estimate of a survivor function, the log rank test and Cox regression modelling are widely used in many different areas of application. But often, the assumptions that underlie these techniques may not be valid, or the data structure may be more complex. Extensions of these basic methods allow particular features of data that occur in practice to be handled appropriately. This two day course will describe some of these more advanced methods and illustrate their practical application using SAS and R.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Discrete Data Modelling
Presented by Professor Alan Agresti
Thursday 6th & Friday 7th October 2016
This course provides an applied overview of statistical methods for analysing discrete data, from the perspective of generalized linear modelling. Topics include models for binary response data, multicategory data, count data, overdispersed and zero-inflated data, and correlated and clustered discrete response variables.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Intermediate statistics: An introduction to multiple linear regression and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
Presented by Jenny Freeman and Ellen Marshall
Tuesday 11th October
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours
This course will equip participants with the skills necessary to undertake Multiple linear regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA) in Excel, understand and interpret the output, check the assumptions that underpin each type of model, assess model fit and present the results coherently.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Effective Analytical Leadership
Presented by Duncan Miles & Denis Greer
Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th October 2016
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours
“The ability to take data – be able to understand it, process it, extract value from it, visualize it, communicate it – that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next few decades….” Hal Varian, Google. 
To meet the needs of the modern global business agenda, analytical leaders need to carry out a complex role. This course explores the required range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the new agenda
Detailed information and course registration form. (DOC)

Improve your organisation with statistical thinking
Presented by Nigel Marriott
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours
To see how Statistical Thinking will add value to your organisation why not spend an enjoyable and eye-opening day on this course that will change the way you think. Like a taster menu in a restaurant you will get a taste of how Statistical Thinking can be applied to familiar business situations including risk management, forecasting, customer surveys, product trials, quality control and business improvement.
Detailed information and course registration form. (DOC)

Identifying Trends and Making Forecasts
Presented by Nigel Marriott
Thursday 10 & Friday 11 November 2016
Level – Foundation
CPD 12 hours
If you’re looking to improve the way you plan your work and improve efficiency by introducing statistical forecasting, then this course two day course is ideal. By the end of the session you will have a firm grasp of how to summarise and measure trends as well as how to extrapolate trends into a forecast.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Basic Statistics (Understanding and Analysing Data) - Edinburgh
Presented by Jenny Freeman and Ellen Marshall
15th & 16th November 2016
2 Days
Level – Foundation 
CPD 12 hours

The purpose of this two day course in Edinburgh is to help delegates understand some basic statistical concepts and develop a strategy for approaching a simple data analysis. The course will introduce basic concepts such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation. It will provide the tools to undertake a simple analysis of a dataset and include some helpful hints and tips for reading and understanding reported statistics.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Presenting Data - Edinburgh
Presented by Ed Swires-Hennessy
Thursday 17 November 2016
Level – Foundation
CPD 6 hours
This one day course in Edinburgh is the foundation to all presentations of statistical information. The basic principles of presenting information in tables, charts, maps and text are explained. These are illustrated and then reinforced through practical exercises. The course is for anyone who is involved in communicating statistics to non-statisticians or who reports on data – of any description – within organisation, to specific communities and to the general public where a message is being given.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Extreme Value Statistics
Presented by Janet Heffernan and Harry Southwort
Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 November
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours
Most statistical methods are aimed at characterizing expected values, but in many settings it is the unexpected values, the extremes or outliers, that are of interest - e.g. extreme weather events, rare drug toxicities, or extreme movements in financial markets. This course covers the theory and associated statistical methods which form the cornerstone of this subject and which enable extrapolation to levels beyond those already observed in a dataset.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Presenting Data
Presented by Ed Swires-Hennessy
Thursday 24 November 2016
Level – Foundation
CPD 6 hours
This one day course is the foundation to all presentations of statistical information. The basic principles of presenting information in tables, charts, maps and text are explained. These are illustrated and then reinforced through practical exercises. The course is for anyone who is involved in communicating statistics to non-statisticians or who reports on data – of any description – within organisation, to specific communities and to the general public where a message is being given.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Advanced Programming in R
Presented by Colin Gillespie
Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 December 2016
Level – Professional
CPD 12 hours

This is a two day intensive course on advanced aspects of R programming. This course is primarily aimed at R users who do not have a formal background in computing. The course will be a mixture of lectures and computer practicals and will cover conditional programming structures, functional programming, S3 and S4 objects.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

Multilevel Modelling
Presented by Harvey Goldstein and George Leckie
Thursday 15 & Friday 16 December 2016
This course is designed to give participants an introduction to the theory and application of multilevel models. The course will be based around theoretical sessions followed by “hands on” practical sessions illustrating the theoretical concepts. The hands on sessions will use the MLwiN software package.
Detailed information and course registration form (DOC)

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