Each year we award medals and prizes to people who have made outstanding contributions to the development of statistics. Our Honours Committee, chaired by our president, considers nominations for our medals and prizes. The awards are presented at our annual conference.

Honours Committee

Sylvia Richardson (chair)
Deborah Ashby
Paul Allin
William Browne
Peter Bühlmann
Idris Eckley
Rachel Hilliam
Janine Illian
Mahesh Parmar
Richard Samworth
Marian Scott
Stephen Senn

The 2022 Honours

The following awards will be given this year:

  • Guy Medal in Gold
  • Guy Medal in Silver
  • Guy Medal in Bronze 
  • Barnett Award
  • David Cox Research Prize
  • Honorary Fellowships 
  • Mardia Prize

The deadline for submitting nominations has passed and an announcement will be made in early 2022.

Contact us at honours@rss.org.uk if you need more information about the honours and the nomination process.


Guy Medals

Named after William Augustus Guy, the British medical statistician. The Bronze and Silver medals are awarded annually and the Gold medal is awarded every two years

The Barnett Award

Established in memory of Vic Barnett, recognising outstanding contributions to the field of environmental statistics

Honorary Fellowship

Awarded to individuals of great eminence working in fields related to statistics who are not necessarily or primarily members of the statistical profession

David Cox Research Prize

Awarded to a fellow of the Society near the beginning of their research career for an outstanding published contribution to statistical theory or application

Bradford Hill Medal

Awarded to a fellow for outstanding or influential contributions to medical statistics

Howard Medal

Awarded to those who have contributed to the field of social statistics

Greenfield Industrial Medal

Recognising contributions of statistical science to all aspects of manufacturing industry

Wood Medal

Established in memory of the statistician Frances Wood OBE (1883–1919), recognising contributions to economic or social statistics

Chambers Medal

Awarded to a fellow who has not held or been elected to the office of President, for outstanding services to the Society

West Medal

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the development or communication of official statistics

Mardia Prize

Created to bring together statisticians with other scientists through workshops in emerging interdisciplinary areas

David G Kendall Award

Jointly awarded by the RSS and Bernoulli Society this award is named in honour of David G Kendall, the first president of the Bernoulli Society and the 1981 RSS Guy Medallist in Gold.