Prof Jennifer Rogers, Vice President for External Affairs

Prof Jennifer Rogers is director of Statistical Consultancy Services at University of Oxford

What is your volunteer role at the RSS?
Vice President for External Affairs

What does the role involve?
In general, Vice-Presidents work with the President coordinating the policies and strategic direction of the Society. My role as VP for external affairs means that I get involved with activities that mainly focus around policy and public affairs as well as more media focussed tasks. I also coordinate the annual Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Why did you choose this role?
I have always felt that the more you put into the RSS, the more you get out of it. I enjoy having the opportunity to serve my discipline and love knowing that I am making important contributions to the statistical community. For example, one of the projects that I am currently working on is improving statistical standards in advertising, something I am sure that we have all been infuriated about in the past!

Has the experience been valuable for your professional development?
Taking on this role has definitely given me an opportunity to enhance my own skills, increase my personal profile and establish a network of new contacts. Through my work as the Guy Lecturer and then as a Stats Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to do lots of public engagement work which has also helped me to develop the communication skills needed to present complex statistical ideas to non-statisticians. As someone who works a lot with clinicians, this has been invaluable!

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with the RSS?
The people! Through the RSS I have met lots of wonderful people who are a pleasure to work with and many of them have become firm friends!

What advice would you give to anyone interested in volunteering with the RSS?
Definitely do it! There are lots of ways that you can volunteer, from joining your closest local group, getting involved with a section, or contributing to the Statisticians for Society scheme. You really won’t regret it!

What’s next – do you plan to carry on in this role or are you tempted to try other volunteer roles?
The RSS won’t be getting rid of me any time soon, that’s for certain! I am only in my second year as Vice-President and I am looking forward to whatever interesting projects this role will throw at me for the rest of my term. Beyond that I fully intend to stay involved in any way that I can, we’ll just have to see what’s out there when the time comes!