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Catch-up with the YSS Bulletin!

We’ve just released the first YSS Bulletin of 2019 – a quick guide to the activities the Young Statisticians Section are planning and promoting this year!

For example, did you know that the 2019 RSS Award for Early Career Writing Competition – organised jointly with Significance Magazine – is open for applications?

Or that we’re hosting an event to celebrate women in statistics and data science on International Womens Day 2019?

Check out the Bulletin to find out more!


RSS Travel Grant for “Women in Statistics” event

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The Royal Statistical Society will fund the travel costs of an early career statistician or data scientist to attend the “Women in Statistics: Past, Present, & Future” event held on Friday 8th March in London.


Applicants must:

  • be within the first 10 years of their career.
  • identify as female, non-binary, or trans.
  • be travelling from within the UK & Ireland.

Please note this grant is intended to cover the costs of travel only. Applicants should not apply for subsistence or accommodation expenses. Expenses must be claimed in line with the RSS Guidelines for Claiming Expenses. Only one entry per applicant will be accepted.

How to Apply

Please complete the survey in the link below before 12:00 on Tuesday 5th March 2019.
The winner will be decided by a random draw and will be announced at 16:00 on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

Event registration

Registration for the Women in statistics: Past, Present, & Future event FREE but pre-registration is required, please register using the link below:

Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing Competition


Are you an early-career statistician with a statistical story to tell? If so, we invite you to enter the 2019 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing. The competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme.

The competition is open to:
1. Students currently studying for a first degree, Master’s or PhD in statistics or related subjects.
2. Graduates whose last qualification in statistics or related subjects (whether first degree, Master’s or PhD) was not more than five years ago.

The rules of entry are simple: send us your best statistical writing in the form of a magazine article (1,500 to 2,500 words) on any subject you like.

What should you write about?

Successful submissions from past years were based on original analyses, produced specifically for the competition. This does take work, but it often results in a unique and compelling article. A list of published articles from previous years’ competitions can be found on the Significance website.
You might also write about work you have done as part of your studies or during your career.
You can also write about the work of others, but this must be in the form of a critique or wider overview of a subject area.

Whatever you choose to write about, articles must be engaging and easy to read. Significance is published for a broad audience, so accessibility is key. This means technical terms and mathematics must be kept to a minimum and explained clearly where used.

The competition is open until 27 May 2019.

Three finalists will be selected in June, with the winner announced in July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony. The winning article will be published in the October issue of Significance and online at Runners-up may also be published online or in print at the editor’s discretion. Finalists will be invited to give presentations based on their articles at a special session of the RSS International Conference (2–5 September 2019 in Belfast).

How to enter:

Email your submissions as a text/Word file, or as a PDF, to Make sure to include our competition entry form.

Please help promote the competition in your statistics department or workplace. Download the official poster.

The competition rules and guidelines can be found on Significance Magazine website.

Women in Statistics: Past, Present, & Future

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Join us to celebrate Women in Statistics & Data Science
on International Women’s Day 2019!

Friday 8th March: 17:00 to 20:00
Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London, EC1Y 8LX


This event, jointly organised by the Young Statisticians and History of Statistics Sections of the RSS, will feature talks from a number of statisticians and data scientists celebrating and supporting women in statistics.

16:30 to 17:00:
Registration with refreshments

17:00 to 17:30: Past

Dr Linda Wijlaars (University College London) will present the life and accomplishments of epidemiological pioneer Dr Janet Elizabeth Lane-Claypon.

17:30 to 18:00: Present

Professor Deborah Ashby (Imperial College London and President of the RSS) will discuss women in statistics at present.

18:00 to 19:00: Future

Our panel Dr Susan Lovick (Phastar), Dr Lauren Rodgers (University of Exeter, Women in Mathematics Committee), Fatima Batool (University College London, Women in Data Science), and Maria Skoularidou (University of Cambridge, RSS Women in Statistics Special Interest Group) will share their experiences and engage in an audience discussion on the future of women in statistics and data science.

Registration is FREE but pre-registration is required, please register using the link below:

19:00 to 20:00: Wine Reception
This event will be followed by a Drinks Reception sponsored by Phastar

Statistically Significant Careers – Belfast


Statistically Significant Careers is back on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at Queen’s University Belfast.

On Wednesday 30th January we are pleased to be hosting our annual careers event, Statistically Significant Careers, to showcase the wide range of mathematical and statistical careers available. As well as talks from employers, the event will end with a networking opportunity with pizza!

The event offers a unique opportunity for mathematics/statistics based undergraduates and graduates to meet their future employers. Professionals from a variety of top employers within the UK will be attending and sharing their expertise and experience – making this the ideal occasion to get advice on application processes, potential job opportunities and future career progression.

Everyone is welcome. Please use the link below to register for the event and to see further details of the companies attending:

Places are limited, so please sign up to secure your ticket for the event.

If you have any queries, please contact Lisa McFetridge (

Hope to see you all there!

YSS Statistical Showcase 2018

The YSS Statistical Showcase 2018 is an event which showcases the wide spectrum of career paths available to young statisticians and users of statistics.


Morning Training Session: Tour of the Tidyverse
Keynote speakers: Professor Denise Lievesley & Professor David Spiegelhalter

When: Friday 19th October 2019
Where: Shelter, 4 Garrett Street, London, EC1Y 0TY

For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Registration fees for the day are as follows:

Full day Afternoon
Concessionary RSS Fellow £20 FREE
RSS Fellow £25 FREE
Non- RSS Fellow: £50 £20

Click on the pictures below to see the programme and speakers list for the day:

YSS Events at RSS Conference 2018

The YSS are hosting a number of professional development and networking events to help you get the most out of the RSS conference in Cardiff.


Join us Tuesday at 08:30 for our “Young Statisticians Guide to the Conference” session to get the top tips on how to make the most of the conference.

Meet fellow career-young statisticians at our Young Statisticians Lunch Reception (13:15 Tuesday) and Pub Quiz Night (20:30 Wednesday).

Don’t miss our RSS Prizewinners sessions:


To find out more information about the events read our conference special bulletin, or read our reviews of sessions from last year’s conference.

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