We live in a society rich in data and the opportunities which this brings. However, to make sure we benefit from these opportunities we need to ensure our research and its methodology can keep up to date with new data sources and our ever evolving user needs. The Methodology Division, in the Office for National […]Learn more on Using administrative data to deliver impactful research
The Government Statistician Group (GSG) induction course is a mandatory course for all new members of the GSG profession. The course introduces you to statistics and data science across government. It also gives you the opportunity to meet fellow members of the profession. When the pandemic struck we set about adapting our one day face to face course to something that we could offer […]Learn more on Delivering training courses from home
In July 2019 I started my three month secondment at BBC News. As a Consultant Statistician (a job title that felt a little scary!), I helped journalists with pretty much anything relating to data and stats. This broad remit meant that the secondment was by far the most varied job I’ve ever worked. A day […]Learn more on My secondment at BBC News: How to pitch stats and influence people
Nancy Singh and I were thrilled that more than 250 people joined us at the strategy’s virtual launch event on Monday 22 February. Sir Ian Diamond emphasised at the event that user engagement is a top priority for all analysts. He reminded us that we all need to find the time to engage, because it’s […]Learn more on The user engagement strategy for statistics is alive and kicking!
Data and analysis are fundamental to understanding and addressing many of society’s most important issues, and this has never been more apparent than during the coronavirus pandemic. At the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) we see strong statistical leadership as essential for: supporting confidence in the statistics and data published by government ensuring that the […]Learn more on Statistical leadership: make your analytical insights count
I had forgotten about my unsuccessful application to work at the BBC for three months until, in mid-September 2020, I received an email asking if I was still interested. The catch? It was due to start in three weeks. The main advantage of being a reserve replacement is that I didn’t have time to panic, […]Learn more on My unexpected secondment at the BBC
I started in the statistics profession as a statistical officer at the Ministry of Defence (MOD). My degree was in Sociology, and being surrounded by people so knowledgeable about statistics I felt I needed to develop my own knowledge further. My managers at the MOD were really supportive and provided funding for me to do […]Learn more on My leadership and learning journey
I began my career in the Government Statistics Service (GSS) fast stream and I found it to be a fantastic start in the Civil Service. Firstly, because it gave me a range of opportunities: building a well-rounded skillset in different statistical roles moving easily across departments going out of my comfort zone in a secondment […]Learn more on Fast Stream: my advice for a career in the statistical service
The Data Science Degree Apprenticeship presents a wealth of opportunities for upskilling and moulding people from all sorts of different backgrounds into experienced data scientists. I have been a Data Science Apprentice at the Office for National Statistics for three months now, spending one day a week studying Applied Data Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University […]Learn more on The benefits of taking on an Apprentice Data Scientist
I came to my apprenticeship in a bit of a round about way. I had done a BSc degree in the past, but that career direction wasn’t working out for me. I was looking to re-train in a more emerging field, and after taking some advice from friends, pointed me towards Data Science. Now I […]Learn more on Thinking of a change? Think Apprenticeship!