Manchester Statistical Society
A forum for the discussion of social and economic issues.
Are you interested in social and economic issues? In listening to expert speakers and having the opportunity to question them?
If so, the Manchester Statistical Society could suit you! We hold regular meetings, from autumn through to spring, on topical issues of concern to contemporary society and addressed by experts in the field. We cover a range of subjects, including health, education, transport, the economy, industry and finance, discussed free from party politics. Our meetings are not of a technical statistical nature but are designed for a generalist audience. New members are very welcome.
The meetings take place at 5.30pm in the Cathedral Visitors Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ.
Members can, if they wish, stay for dinner with the speaker, which provides a further opportunity for informal discussion.
We publish written versions of the talks in the Society's Transactions, which are issued free to members.
The Society was founded in 1833 by a group of Mancunians concerned about the state of society as urbanization and industrialization developed, and they carried out research with a view to influencing government policy. It is one of the oldest statistical societies in the world. Find out more about our history here. Our meetings today continue the theme of discussing social and economic issues.
We also operate the Campion Fund, which has funding available to support small research projects.
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We are sorry to report the death in January of Lord Roper, aged 80, who was a Vice President of the Society for many years.
Our next meeting
The next meeting of the Society is the fifth meeting of the 2015/16 session, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 9 February. It is at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ.
Our speaker is Emeritus Professor David Denver, University of Lancaster.
His topic is "Scotland: the referendum and after".
Further information about our meetings is available on the Meetings page.
David Denver will talk about the remarkable electoral developments in Scotland over the past few years. He will look back to the 2014 referendum – which appears to have been a pivotal moment in altering the course of Scottish politics – and also the stunning SNP victory in the 2015 general election. He considers explanations for ‘the strange death of Labour Scotland’, which has important ramifications for the rest of the UK.
David Denver is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Lancaster University. Among his books are Elections and Voters in Britain, Scotland Decides and Voting for a Scottish Government. He continues to be involved in academic matters but in his spare time plays golf (keeping the statistics for a group of retired gentlemen).
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