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All those with an interest in statistics are invited to join the Oxford local chapter of the Royal Statistical Society for an afternoon talk by Sir Andrew Dilnot entitled "Numbers and Public Policy: Why Statistics Really Matters"

Royal Statistical Society - oxford local chapter

The Oxford local chapter of the Royal Statistical Society, hosted by the University of Oxford, brings together anyone with an interest in statistics in Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. We organise an annual programme of free events and lectures on statistical topics. 

Academics and non-academics are all welcome to join this local RSS chapter. For advance notice of events, join our mailing list by emailing We are always interested in new ideas for events and lectures, so do get in touch!

Speaker: Sir Andrew Dilnot

Sir Andrew Dilnot is Warden of Nuffield College Oxford and Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority. He was the Chairman of the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, which reported in 2011. He was Principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, from 2002 to 2012 and a Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 2005 to 2012. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on the beauty of numbers, More or Less, and was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002.  He is the author, with Michael Blastland, of the best-selling book about numbers The Tiger that isn’t, of which Rory Bremner has said ‘it makes statistics far, far too interesting’.

He has been a member of the board of the National Consumer Council and chairman of the Statistics Users Forum of the Royal Statistical Society. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the Retirement Income Inquiry, the Balance of Central and Local Government Funding Inquiry, the Rowntree Committee on the future costs of long term care, the Ageing Population Foresight panel, the Councils of the Royal Economic Society and Queen Mary and Westfield College and as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, the Swansea Institute of Higher Education and the Institute of Actuaries, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from City University.

(From Nuffield College)

Refreshments will be served after the talk