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Government Statistical Service newsletter - November 2020

Hello <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our November newsletter. This month's newsletter has been compiled by our new Web Content Lead, Louise. If you have any feedback, please email




Help children get involved with Census 2021

The next census for England and Wales will be held on Sunday 21 March 2021. To promote this the Office for National Statistics has launched primary and secondary school programmes. Do you know any children or schools that might like to get involved? Please spread the word!

Celebrating World Statistics Day 2020!

On the 20 October we joined the global statistics community in celebrating World Statistics Day. This happens every five years and this year's celebrations included a video message from Sir Ian Diamond along with a video montage of colleagues from across the GSS sharing why they’re “proud to work in statistics”.


Join the National Statistics Executive Group Shadow Board

Each year, GSS colleagues of all grades and backgrounds are invited to join the National Statistics Executive Group (NSEG) to bring new and diverse perspectives to discussions. This opportunity has also been extended to the sub-committees. Full details are on our website.

National Statistics designation review - update

The Office for Statistical Regulation has published an update about their review of the National Statistics designation and a blog about learning from the history of National Statistics. The project team are keen to speak with producers about how the designation can become more relevant in their work. If you are interested in speaking with the team, please email

Launch of the Analysis in Government Awards

The awards will celebrate achievements and showcase the best examples of analysis work. There are five categories and nominations close on 15 November.

Data Quality Hub launches Twitter account

The DQHub Team are now on Twitter, with a new web site set to follow shortly on GOV.UK. Be sure to click follow to stay up-to-date!



The user engagement strategy for statistics – the best laid plans…

Tegwen Green shares an update on the strategy, which is expected to be published in early 2021.

Choose your own analysis adventure

Michelle Bowen explains how you can join the adventure of helping shape Analysis in Government month in 2021.

Upcoming events


#IamRemarkable week - Google campaign

Where and when: Online 12 to 19 November

A series of workshops and talks open to anyone that struggles with self-promotion. Develop skills to help you celebrate your successes, both personally and professionally.

Government Data Science Community of Interest

The next meet up for the community, which brings together data science practitioners from across the public sector.

Where and when: Online 19 November 10:10 am to 1pm

GSSM25: the 25th GSS Methodology Symposium

Where and when: Online, 9am to 5pm 4 December 2020

This event is a great opportunity to both showcase and learn from methodological developments from across the GSS and beyond.



Epidemiologist at Public Health England

A permanent role in the Modelling Team where you will lead on the development and management of the epidemiological components of the team’s non-communicable disease modelling work programme.

Closing date: 15 November

Visit Civil Service Jobs for more vacancies.



Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR)

The OSR has published two new guides: View all the regulatory guidance available.

Research and developments in the transformation of UK consumer price statistics - sharing webinar

If you missed the webinar or would like to see it again, you can watch it on YouTube.

Harmonisation guidance updates

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) harmonisation guidance was updated last month in relation to symptoms in the diagnosis question, the addition of the social distancing question and guidance on wellbeing, social isolation, time series, and use in devolved administrations.

GSS Methodology

Have you seen the new methodology section yet? It's everything you need to know in one place.

And finally...

Following on from Ami's garden updates, my garden issue is dealing with the blanket of ivy that has been slowly taking over the back of my garden since the summer. I should definitely tackle it this week whilst there is a spell of nice weather, but I'll probably distract myself with more pleasing imagery, such as these brilliant lockdown pictures from the Youth Photography Awards.

See you next month!
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