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Professorship of Statistics
Congratulations to Professor Arnaud Doucet on his appointment to a Chair in Statistics in association with Hertford College.

An interactive map of human genetic history
Dr Simon Myers is a lead author on the paper Hellenthal, G et al. A genetic atlas of human admixture history. Science 14 February 2014, Vol. 343 no. 6172 pp. 747-75. in which an interactive map of human genetic history is revealed.  More information is available here.

Statistics Taster Day: What’s the significance? 27th March
A full day of Statistics exploration for students in Year 12, with workshops on different areas of Statistics and a college lunch and tour will take place on 27 March. Students will get the opportunity to explore how Statistics is used and to ask questions about the admissions process.  The event is offered free of charge, but bookings are limited to 5 per school.  [EVENT NOW FULLY BOOKED]

i-Like Workshop
An i-Like workshop 'Intractable Likelihoods' will take place on Thursday 20 March and Friday 21 March at St Anne's College.  Registration is now open.

European Research Council Consolidator Fellowships
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Marchini and Professor Yee Whye Teh, who have both been awarded ERC Consolidator Fellowships, allowing them to focus on their research over the next five years. Jonathan's project is entitled "HIGEN: Statistical Methods for High-dimensional genetic studies" and Yee Whye's is "BigBayes: Rich, Structured and Efficient Learning of Big Bayesian Models".

New course video for Mathematics and Statistics
Learn more about the undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics degree at Oxford by having a look at our new course video.

New UNIQ summer school launched
A new UNIQ summer school on Mathematics: What are the chances?  will run from 19-25 July 2014.   UNIQ is a programme of free residential schools in July and August for Year 12 students currently studying at UK state schools.

New Centre for Doctoral Training announced
OxWaSP logoThe new Oxford-Warwick Statistics Programme (OxWaSP) will train graduates in the theory and computational methods of modern Statistical Science for data-intensive environments. The world is facing an unprecedented demand for highly trained statistical scientists due to the explosive growth of data. The departments of Statistics at the universities of Oxford and Warwick are working together to create a new centre for doctoral training in statistics. Doctoral students will gain depth of understanding from a supervisor pool of international standing as well as a breadth of experience from partners in industry and academia.

Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science Industrial Doctorate Centre awarded continued funding by EPSRC
Congratulations to Professor Charlotte Deane on winning continued funding from the EPSRC for the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science Industrial Doctorate Centre (SABS-IDC). The Centre has issued the following press release:

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science trains future industrial research leaders; first-rate, highly inter-disciplinary scientists who can utilise a systems approach to drive future innovation in the development of novel drugs and therapies for the prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. 

Students receive a tailored training programme in the first year, which prepares them for a 3-year doctoral research project working with one, or more, of our 16 partner organisations: AstraZeneca; Diamond Light Source; e-Therapeutics; Evotec; GE Healthcare; GlaxoSmithKline; Hoffmann LaRoche; InhibOx; Lilly UK; Microsoft; the Moffitt Cancer Center; Novartis; Pfizer; the Structural Genomics Consortium; UCB.

Gutiérrez-Toscano Prize 2013
The Gutiérrez-Toscano Prize 2013 for the best performance in the MSc in Applied Statistics was awarded jointly to San Chye Cheng and Michele Nguyen.

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