Seeing Statistics in Practice

Imperial College LondonLast week one of our senior consultants, Sarah, went to Imperial College London for their Statistics in Practice Day. The day was arranged for MSc in Statistics students at the University to find out more about the work that practicing statisticians and data scientists are involved in and to highlight opportunities that they may want to pursue in their future careers.

Sarah was pleased to be invited to speak to the students about her day-to-day life as a statistical consultant; focussing not only on the statistical challenges she faces in her role but the wider consultancy skills that are a crucial element of the job. Other speakers came from cyber security, actuarial science, and finance and gave an insight into the differing statistical problems being tackled in their respective industries.

Sarah and the other speakers also had the opportunity to attend poster presentation sessions by the students on their dissertation projects. “Meeting the students and hearing about their work was really interesting”, said Sarah. “It was great to see the diversity of both the projects they are working on and the statistical approaches being applied. It’s clear that the course is equipping the students with the necessary skills and enthusiasm for tackling challenging statistical problems, which they can take forward in their future careers be that in industry or academia.”