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New Data Science awards welcomed by the National Statistician

Inaugural cohort from AfDSP receive certification

The first cohort of data scientists to complete the new Advanced Data Science Professional Standard from the Alliance for Data Science Professionals (AfDSP) received their awards at a ceremony at the Royal Society on 12th July.

Of the thirteen awardees from the first cohort, four are experts from NPL: Dr Marina Romanchikova (Principal Research Scientist), Dr Paul Duncan (Senior Research Scientist), Dr Reece Saint (Higher Research Engineer) and Dr Elizabeth Cooke (Higher Research Scientist). 

The AfDSP was set up in 2020 to address the multidisciplinary nature of data science. These new industry-wide standards cover a wide range of issues, including good data management, effective problem solving with data, and managing risks such as data breaches, misuse, or bias in datasets.

The Alliance comprises six organisations: the Royal Statistical Society, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the Operational Research Society, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Alan Turing Institute, and NPL.

Dr Peter Thompson FREng FinstP FRSC CEng, CEO, NPL said: “As a founding member of the alliance, I’m delighted that the achievements and expertise of the inaugural cohort, including many data scientists at NPL, are being recognised. The role of data and data scientists has never been more prevalent as our world continues to transform digitally. Generating trusted data and providing the confidence needed to make decisions is vital for industry and government, as well as the public, to be assured of how data is being used. The implementation of new industry-wide standards underpins our ability to deliver this confidence.”

Sir Ian Diamond, the National Statistician said: “Innovations in data science can reap great rewards and enable better use of data in decision making and analysis that can benefit everyone - as the Office for National Statistics' Data Science Campus has recently shown on topics as diverse as the cost of living and tracking the busyness of urban centres in real-time using machine learning!

To this end, data scientists have never been more needed or more helpful in delivering for the public good. I am delighted to see the launch of the Alliance for Data Science Professionals.”

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13 Jul 2022