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Statistics Taster Day

What’s the Significance?

The increase in digitally available data over the last decade has created a need for analytically able professionals who can handle and make sense of large sets of data. Statisticians are in ever-growing demand for their knowledge and skills, and can work in a wide and interesting range of areas, including technology, health, genetics, social science, the civil service and transport as well as the more traditional routes of insurance and finance.

Statistics at university is very different from that learned at school. It is far more mathematical, but also provides the opportunity to work with large datasets and using custom software to analyse data and produce results that can be used to better understand our world. This taster day explores some of the lesser-known areas of Statistics and the ways that it can be applied to many different fields.

The day will include two workshops given by members of the department exploring different areas of Statistics, lunch, information on the Oxford admissions process and an optional college tour.

Who is it for?
This event is open to Year 12 students studying Maths at A-level. Students should be on track to receive at least A*AA. Preference will be given to students at state maintained schools in the first instance, but independent schools are welcome to apply and will be accommodated subject to places being available.

When and where?
The next event will be on 20th March 2019, 10:00-15:15 at the Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LB, and Mathematical Institute, OX2 6GG. There is also the opportunity to visit a college from 15:30.

The exact timetable will be confirmed nearer the time, but in the meantime you can see the timetable for the 2018 event: Statistics Taster Day Timetable 2018

Bookings will open on 8th February 2019 at 8am and close on 6th March or when we are fully booked. You can book using the form that will appear on this site.

Students should book on themselves. All students booked on MUST be on course to achieve A*AA, including Maths. If your school has a large Maths cohort, please email to check if more students can be accommodated. We usually run a waiting list so please get all interested students to sign up, and we will release waiting list spaces 2 weeks before the event.

To be notified when bookings open, please ensure you are on our mailing list. You should read Why we need your personal information before booking.

How much does it cost?
This event is free, but you will need to arrange your own transport to Oxford.

How do I get to the venue?
Have a look at these maps and directions. We strongly recommended that you use public transport if at all possible. If you do travel by car or minibus, please note that parking in the city centre is very limited. There are several Park & Ride bus services that run from car parks on the outskirts of Oxford.

Do I need to wear a suit/come really smartly dressed?
You don’t need to wear a suit (unless of course you really want to.) Some students will wear school uniform; others will be more casual. It’s entirely up to you. It’s going to be a long day, so the most important thing is that you’re comfortable.

I have a question – who do I ask?
Please contact