Sir Andrew Dilnot gives the first Sir Roger Jowell memorial lecture
City University London welcomed leading UK statistician Sir Andrew Dilnot for the inaugural Sir Roger Jowell memorial lecture. Sir Roger was a Research Professor and the founder director of the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City until his death in late 2012. He was also the founder Director of the European Social Survey which he coordinated from City.
Sir Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, spoke about how the work of the UK Statistics Authority was continuing Roger's legacy of extremely high methodological rigour. He also talked about the recent recommendation to government to conduct another census in 2021 and about some of the challenges of using administrative data. The importance of the Q-Step initiative was also noted. The event was chaired by Jil Matheson, the UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority.
Rory Fitzgerald, Acting Director of the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys and Director of the European Social Survey, said:
"The inaugural lecture was a great way to remember Roger and to celebrate his passion for rigour in social statistics. Roger would have been delighted that City has been awarded a Q-Step grant to help train the next generation of social scientists in rigorous quantitative methods.'
The event was sponsored by City University London, the Social Research Association and NatCen Social Research.