The RSS Manchester Student Prize
The RSS Manchester Student Prize has been instituted by the Manchester Local Group of the Royal
Statistical Society in 2007 to promote the use of statistics across all disciplines. We have
the support of a growing number of industrial sponsors, starting with AstraZeneca, Eastman and Shell.
We have two .pdf posters that may be used to publicise this event in black and white and colour.
Pages of interest:
The prize grew out of a small profit made by the RSS 2004 conference and which found its way to
the Local Group. We were keen not just to spend this money but to do something useful to
promote statistics across the board.
In 2008 we divided the prizes into two streams, one for those who are studying mathematics
and/or statistics and another for all other undergraduates. We have maintained this format
Within these two streams, there are three levels of prize
The Prize is open to ANY final year undergraduate studying ANY subject in
ANY Higher Education institution that belongs to the NW Universities Association. For
2008 we have added Sheffield University because of its historical connection with Manchester
statistics, the Isle of Man and Bangor Business Schools because they are roughly in our area.
If you consider your institution to be in, or connected to, the North West, please get in touch.
For 2009 we have spread our wings a little wider to include both universities in Leeds and also in
The complete list is currently:
We are indebted to Professor Bob Munn, Vice-President for Teaching and Learning at The
University of Manchester for his support:
"An understanding of statistics is important across much of modern life, and is vital
underpinning for much research. Nevertheless, such understanding is still too thinly spread -
it was recently reported that 50% of the U.K. population does not know what 50% means! Hence we
should welcome efforts to foster the study of statistics at all levels.
I am therefore very pleased to commend the Manchester Group of the Royal Statistical
Society for its initiative in establishing the RSS Manchester Student Prize. The prizes should
help to raise the profile of statistics among students in higher education in this region, and
indeed among the academic staff who teach them. I wish the venture every success."
For 2009, the following eminent individuals have kindly agreed to judge the entries:
- Clive Anderson, Sheffield University
- Adrian Bowman, Glasgow University
- Patrick Laycock, Manchester University
- Stephen Long, Thales Group, Stockport
- Derek Robinson, Sussex University
- Charles Taylor, Leeds University
- Granville Tunnicliffe-Wilson, Lancaster University
- Stephen Walters, Sheffield University
- Tony Greenfield, ISRU, Newcastle University