Get involved

Get involved with improving statistical education and help improve students’ statistical skills and confidence.

Below we list some of the ways that our members can get involved, which are likely to apply whatever your area of interest in statistics or data. If you are a teacher, we offer a free online membership, e-Teacher to help you be involved with our work and stay in touch with the statistical and data community. Find out more and join today.

Members can be involved in a wide variety of ways:

  • Our projects – see our call outs to members page on StatsLife
  • Projects run by others – see our call outs to members page, or standing projects such as these listed below

STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open the doors to opportunities and possibilities that come from pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and careers.

Ambassadors also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, representing thousands of different employers across the UK. We have enthusiastic STEM Ambassadors from 18 to 70 years of age.

More than 40 of our members are STEM Ambassadors – join them, and:

  • Engage and enthuse young people about STEM
  • Give teachers a unique perspective on how statistics is used in the workplace
  • Encourage young people to consider statistical careers and qualification
  • Contribute to improved academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects
  • Develop other employability skills in young people, including confidence, team-work, presentation and creativity

If you are over 17 with skills or interest in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics you can register as a STEM Ambassador. Be sure to indicate you are a member of the RSS on the STEM Ambassadors application form.

Fellows in the pharmaceutical or chemical industries may be interested in the related SIP Ambassador programme. The RGS-IBG Geography Ambassadors scheme supports Fellows working in the discipline of geography.

Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering or maths course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.

If you are a student interested in applying, the first step is to read the guidance for applicants.

If you are interested in hosting a Nuffield student, please contact your local coordinator who will be able to provide you with guidance. On Statslife. RSS Education Committee member Margaret MacDougall gives her experience of being a host.

More information about the scheme is available on the Nuffield Foundation website.