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About the Royal Statistical Society

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is one of the world's most distinguished and renowned statistical societies.  It is both a learned society for statistics and a professional body for statisticians.

It was founded in 1834 as the Statistical Society of London and became the Royal Statistical Society by Royal Charter in 1887.  Today the Society has more than 6000 members around the world, of whom some 1250 are professionally qualified as Chartered Statistician.  The RSS is active in a wide range of areas both directly and indirectly relevant to the study and application of statistics.

Our mission is to:

  • foster and encourage the growth, development and application of statistics in all areas of activity which can benefit from it;
  • establish, uphold and advance high standards of statistical competence;
  • foster the production and publication of statistics on aspects of society;
  • serve the public interest by acting in an advisory, consultative or representative capacity in matters relating to the science of statistics and its application;
  • promote the public understanding of statistics and the competent use and interpretation of statistics.

For more information on RSS activities please visit Society Activities

For more information on our structure and governance, including our Royal Charter, please visit Governance

For more information on our strategy and business planning please visit Strategy


For further details on the Society activities please view our Annual Reports

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