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First YSS bulletin of 2020!

Hot off the press we have our 2020 March Bulletin, showcasing upcoming activities for young statisticians.

Make sure to follow @statsyss on Twitter to keep up to date with our lockdown lunch club!

YSS Lunch Club

The YSS are aware that, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, many are having to self-isolate or work from home. This could result in many young statisticians feeling isolated or lonely. We have put together the YSS Lunch Club to try to help!

The YSS Lunch Club will consist of online meetings which run from 12:00 (GMT) on Wednesday lunch times for half an hour. Meetings will alternate between discussions of a range of statistical and professional development topics and a pub quiz, both in an informal setting with plenty of time to chat.

Links for upcoming YSS Lunch Clubs are below.
If you have any suggestions for light-hearted topics that we could discuss during our meetings then please send us an email:

Wednesday 8th April: Quiz
Join us in #YSSLunchClub for our third general knowledge Quiz!
A jovial, pub quiz style session just for fun.
📅 Wednesday 8th April
⏰ 12:00 BST (GMT+1)
💻 Zoom Link:
🗝️ Password: 080420

Wednesday 1st April: Bad News
No news is good news, but some headlines are splendidly inaccurate!
Join us for #YSSLunchClub where this week we’ll be reviewing the headlines that might make you cringe, recoil, or gasp with horror.
📅 Wednesday 1st April
⏰ 12:00 BST (GMT+1)
💻 Zoom Link:

Friday 27th March: Friday Quiz
Join us in #YSSLunchClub for our second Friday Quiz!
A jovial, general knowledge, pub quiz style session to end the week.
📅 Friday 27th March
⏰ 12:00 GMT
💻 Zoom Link:

Wednesday 25th March: xkcd comics
This lunch club is for anyone who enjoys a sarcasm, statistics, and comics. We’ve trawled through and dug out our favourite statistical comics by Randall Monroe to share with you.
Join us for our third #YSSLunchClub, to admire and enjoy some fantastic short comics and chat with other isolated statisticians.
📅 Wednesday 25th March
⏰ 12:00 GMT
💻 Zoom Link:

Friday 20th March: Friday Quiz
Join us in #YSSLunchClub for our first Friday Quiz!
A jovial, general knowledge, pub quiz style session to end the week.
📅 Friday 20th March
⏰ 12:00 GMT
💻 Zoom Link:

Wednesday 18th March: Bad Graphs
As statisticians we can spend a lot of time editing and adjusting our graphs to make them perfect, but we rarely get to spend any time admiring the bad graphs! 
Join us for our first #YSSLunchClub, during which we will admire, ponder, discuss, and pontificate an array of imperfect, careless, and downright gruesome graphs.
📅 Wednesday 18th March
⏰ 12:00 GMT
💻 Zoom Link:

Manchester Careers Fair

By Emily Granger

Ready with badges, keyrings and enthusiasm, Emily Granger represented the Young Statisticians Section and the Royal Statistical Society at Manchester University’s “Careers in Statistics” event on the 11th March 2020.

This is an annual careers event organised by the Department of Mathematics at Manchester University, and 12 exhibitioners attended to showcase a wide range of statistical careers from automotive businesses to pharmaceutical companies. Students had the opportunity to network with potential employers during the stall exhibition, which was followed by a series of careers talks in the afternoon.

Emily kicked off the talks by introducing the Royal Statistical Society and giving her top reasons for why students should consider joining! We then heard career talks by speakers from the Centre for Biostatistics, HM Revenue & Customs, BBC, GCE Solutions (a global clinical research organization), and Public Health England. Each speaker gave us an idea of what it would be like to work as a statistician in their company.

The visitors to the Royal Statistical Society stand were interested to hear that they could become a e-student member for free, and wanted to learn more about how to become a chartered statistician. We hope that all those who showed interest keep in touch, and we wish you all the best of luck in your future careers. We’ll be looking out for you wearing our badges!