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.
The next meeting of the Society is on Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 5.30pm.
Professor Nick Hardwick CBE, of the School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London and formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, will speak to us on:
“The dangers of keeping us safe - police, prisons, probation and risk”
(If you are not yet a member of the Manchester Statistical Society but wish to attend, you must let us know that you are coming. Please email the Honorary Secretary - see below for further information.)
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.
For further information about the Society, please use the tabs above.
Our next meeting
The next meeting of the Society is on Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 5.30pm when Professor Nick Hardwick CBE, of the School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London, and who, until recently, was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, will speak to us on:
"The dangers of keeping us safe - police, prisons, probation and risk"
If you are not yet a member of the Manchester Statistical Society but wish to attend, let us know that you are coming by sending an email to the Honorary Secretary at
The meeting will take place at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ. For a map, see here
Further information about our meetings is available on the Meetings page.
For enquiries about the meeting, please email
For enquiries about membership of the Society, please email
In other news ...
On Tuesday 8 November, as part of "Manchester, European City of Science", Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, of the University of Bristol, spoke on "Climate models and climate data: confusion and misinformation vs. scientific reality". Over fifty members and guests of the Society had registered their interest in hearing Professor Lewandowsky and they were not disappointed. In a brilliantly clear presentation, he demonstrated that when people are shown a time series chart of global temperature, taken out of the emotive context of global warming, they conclude that there is an increasing trend. He then turned to the various meteorological models of climate and showed that these all carry the same message.
Our thanks to Professor Lewandowsky for his most excellent presentation!
At our October meeting, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges addressed fifty members and guests of Manchester Statistical Society on the topic of "The NHS and Society – not what can I do, what should I do – professionals in partnership with patients." One attendee commented later: 'Professor Bailey was inspiring and yet totally grounded with common sense.
On June 11, 2016, the Society's stand at the Manchester Histories Festival, describing the foundation of the Society and its evolution to the present day, attracted interest from a large number of attendees. Details of the Festival can be found at http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk/
At the Annual General Meeting in May 2016 President John Rigby presented Richard Harrington with a commemorative paperweight for his long service to the Society as Editor of the Transactions.