Presentation on theme: "Applying to be a Chartered Statistician"— Presentation transcript:
1 Applying to be a Chartered Statistician Dr Paul D Baxter CStat (Feb 2010)Division of Biostatistics, University of LeedsSecretary – RSS Leeds / Bradford Local GroupSecretary - RSS Young Statisticians SectionRSS Council Member – 2009 to 2012With thanks to Dr Gerald GoodallRSS Director of Education and Professional Affairs
2 What is a Chartered Statistician CStat is the RSS’s highest professional awardProvides formal recognition of an individual's statistical qualifications and professional trainingRequires approved degree and professional training / experience of at least five years.Those without the professional training apply for GradStat statusFor full details see
3 What is a Chartered Statistician CStats pay an additional subscription but application process is free. CStat and GradStats enjoy discounts on registration at society eventsCStats are required to abide by the Society's code of conduct. They must adhere to the Society's CPD policyCStats are eligible to apply for Chartered Scientist status
4 What is an approved degree Require at least BSc 2:2 honours or better with content equivalent to RSS Graduate DiplomaFor syllabus, see:Many university courses are already approved (subject to choice of modules)For list of approved courses see:For other courses a transcript is required
5 What is an approved degree Some broad “rules of thumb” to guide whether degree likely to be approved:Includes both theoretical and applied statistics at final year undergraduate or masters levelAt least half of final year spent studying statisticsOverseas qualification accepted, guided by UK NARIC (http://www.naric.org.uk/). Sometimes MSc level considered equivalent to UK BSc level
6 What is approved professional experience Judged in confidence by RSS Professional Affairs CommitteePhD study counts as one year of professional experienceGuided closely by comments from referees you nominateChoose referees that can speak confidently about your statistical workMust be statisticians and not line managersChoose referees that are Cstat where possible
7 My Career to Date Univ. Essex, 1997-2000 Univ. Essex, 2000-2004 BSc (1st class honours) Mathematics with EconomicsUniv. Essex,40% of final year studying statisticsPhD Statistics “Extraction of fade slope profiles from radiocommunications data using wavelets”Univ. Essex,Also studied some MSc and BSc statistics modules during this periodLecturer in StatisticsUniv. Leeds, Department of Statistics,Senior Research Fellow in BiostatisticsUniv. Leeds, Division of Biostatistics, 2009-Present
8 How to make an application Download form and notes for guidance:Form divided into sections:Section 1 “Academic Qualifications”Section 2 “Practical Statistical Experience”Section 3 “Professional Experience, Training and Development”Section 4 “Additional Considerations”Section 5 “Referees”
9 Academic Qualifications Requires full transcript of degree listing modules taken and resultsAlso requires transcript for any higher degrees, e.g. MSc, PhDMust sign to allow RSS to contact University registrar to confirm your qualifications
10 Practical Statistical Experience List all periods of statistical experience, including brief job title and job description, e.g.
11 Professional Experience Submit a description of experience and training for each period of statistical experienceSuitable professional experience can include:Managing a statistics sectionLeading projects with a substantial amount of statistical analysis or modellingUndertaking statistical analysis of data and reporting on the resultsHaving responsibility for the interpretation and presentation of statistical informationDesigning statistical databases and reporting systemsTeaching statistical theory and methods, and their applications to UK honours degree levelUnsupervised statistical consultancy
12 Professional Experience I choose to split under headings“Research”, “Teaching”, “Citizenship and Administration”Required to list the statistical techniques you use and how frequently you use them, e.g.Required to indicate levels of statistical responsibility, e.g.
13 Professional Training and Development Suitable professional training can include:Publications, refereed.Publications or presentations at conferences.Internal organisation reports.Internal presentations.Training material, internal or external.Extramural statistical work (this might include appropriate service on committees).Should keep as a CPD portfolio (may be requested by committee)
14 Professional Training and Development Required to list both on-the-job and formal training, e.g.
15 Additional Considerations Any other relevant considerationsExamples might include organising statistical meetings, attending or presenting statistical material at conferences, or publishing statistical material.I used it to list:“Publications” “Presentations” and “Funding Applications”
16 RefereesMust comment on statistical aspects of your work, professional experience and trainingMust span the entire period on which the application is based (2 will often suffice)Must be statisticians, preferably CStatI chose:My PhD supervisorMy probationary mentor when I arrived at LeedsMy current Head of Division
17 Timescales I submitted my application form 22 October 2009 In November 2009 I was asked to provide:a scan of my BSc transcript and certificatea scan of my PhD certificatemy PhD title and abstractIn January 2010 I was asked to clarify if the taught modules I took during my PhD were assessedNotified of successful award in 24 February 2010
18 Chartered Scientist Status CSci is an award of the Science CouncilCstats are entitled to apply for CSci statusFrom the Science Council website, CSci:“reflects best practice in science”“sets at a benchmark level throughout the science professions”“is vital for scientists to have professional recognition that is applicable across a range of scientific disciplines”
19 Continuing Professional Development From the code of conduct mandated for professionally qualified fellows:“Fellows shall seek to upgrade their professional knowledge and skill and shall maintain awareness of technological developments, procedures and standards which are relevant to their field, and shall encourage their subordinates to do likewise”Currently Maintained Professional Certificate recognises CPD, CStat is a lifetime award.Moving towards CPD portfolios as a compulsory part of CStat (as already required by many employers, e.g. government and pharmaceutical sectors)Online CPD recording soon to be available
20 GradStat Mentoring Scheme Guidance in respect of professional development needed for GradStats to move towards successful CStat applicationsAdvice provided by volunteer mentors who are themselves CStats.To register and for further details see: