New Fellows Welcome Event

Date: Wednesday 07 July 2021, 5.00PM - 6.30PM
Location: Online
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The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is pleased to invite new fellows to our online welcome event hosted by Sara Hilditch, RSS honorary officer for membership.

With keynote talks from the RSS CEO and vice-presidents, this event is our opportunity to welcome new fellows to the Society. We will also highlight ways that you can make the most of your membership and support our work.

This event is open to fellows who joined the Society in the past three years as a fellow, GradStat or CStat. Fellows who have been with the RSS for more than three years are also welcome, as it is a chance to familiarise yourself with the Society and its work to achieve a vision where data and evidence are at the heart of decision making.

This event will be hosted live on Microsoft Teams, but registration is required. Joining instructions will be sent to registered delegates nearer the time.


Full event information

17:00: Welcome from the chair
Sara Hilditch, RSS honorary officer for membership

17:10: Welcome from the RSS Chief Executive
Stian Westlake, Chief Executive

17:20: Pathways to gaining professional recognition
Rachel Hilliam, RSS vice-president for professional affairs
The RSS has a number of professional awards for data scientists and statisticians based on the level of training, experience and continuing professional development of members. This talk will outline the different pathways available for members to gain the professional awards of Data Analyst, Graduate Statistician and Chartered Statistician.

17:30: Virtual presentation of RSS professional awards
Rachel Hilliam, RSS vice-president for professional affairs

17:35: Meet our members – Rapid fire talks
RSS fellows will share how they make the most of their membership.

17:55: Statistics and the public interest – external relations at the RSS
Christl Donnelly, RSS vice-president for external affairs
The RSS vice-president for external affairs, Professor Christl Donnelly will discuss how fellows can get involved with the Society’s policy and external relations work. Christl will outline what the RSS does currently to promote the importance of statistics and data, both to policymakers and in society more broadly.

18:05: Keynote from Sir Adrian Smith
Sir Adrian Smith

18:15: Questions from the audience

18:30: Close


Sara Hilditch

Sara Hilditch has been a fellow of the RSS for almost 30 years and throughout that time has fulfilled a variety of volunteer roles at both a local and national level. She is Director of the Statistical Services Unit at The University of Sheffield, leading a wide-ranging statistical consultancy and data analysis service.


Stian Westlake

Stian Westlake is Chief Executive of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). He leads the RSS on a programme of activities that take forward its strategic goals, including the Society’s Covid-19 Task Force, Data Manifesto and National Lottery-funded initiative, Statisticians for Society.


Rachel Hilliam

Rachel Hilliam chairs the RSS Professional Affairs Committee and is a member of the Special Interest Group in Teaching Statistics. She is a senior lecturer in statistics at the Open University, where she has held various leadership roles.


Christl Donnelly

Christl Donnelly is Professor of Applied Statistics at University of Oxford and Professor of Statistical Epidemiology at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London. She is the RSS Vice President for External Affairs and a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.


Sir Adrian Smith

Sir Adrian Smith is Institute Director and Chief Executive at The Alan Turing Institute. He is President of the Royal Society and member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK. He is also a past President of the Royal Statistical Society (1995-1997).

Organising group: The Royal Statistical Society
Contact: Amaka Nwagbara
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