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Dr Beatrice Acciaio and Dr Clifford Lam have been promoted!

It is with great pleasure to let you know that the School Promotions Committee has decided that Dr Beatrice Acciaio and Dr Clifford Lam should be promoted to Professor from 1st August 2020! Congratulations to both of them on this achievement!


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Professor Chris Skinner, 1953 - 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Professor Chris Skinner's death. He passed away on 21st February 2020. Please read more about his fantastic accomplishments in a wonderful article written by his fellow colleague Jouni Kuha.


Professor Milan Vojnovic wins Facebook’s Systems for Machine Learning Research Award!

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Professor Milan Vojnovic has received the Facebook’s Systems for Machine Learning Award for his research exploring how to optimise scheduling of machine learning jobs in data processing platforms. 

The Facebook’s Systems for Machine Learning request for proposals solicited impactful solutions in the areas of ‘scalable, elastic and reliable distributed machine learning and inference’ and other topics at the intersection of computer systems and machine learning. The call received 167 proposals from more than 100 universities in 26 countries around the world out of which 10 proposals have been selected for funding. The list of award winners and more information about the request for proposals is available here.

The aim of the research project is to investigate how should machine learning jobs, with uncertain, heterogenous processing requirements and complex delay costs, be scheduled in data processing platforms. This question falls in the core of systems for machine learning research area, aiming to satisfy metrics beyond predictive accuracy. This is a very challenging problem as machine learning workloads in modern data processing platforms (e.g. platforms for training machine learning models or content review in social media platforms) exhibit complex and uncertain delay costs which violate the assumptions of existing theory and practical solutions. 

The research will explore how to design novel job scheduling policies to enable efficient processing of machine learning workloads. This will require advancing the state of the art in online optimisation methods and the underlying theory, combining optimisation with statistical inference and learning in innovative ways. The project also aims to evaluate performance of different scheduling policies through experimentation, using existing solutions as benchmarks as well as policies learnt by using reinforcement learning algorithms. The project is expected to contribute new conceptual solutions that may lead to the design of next-generation system architectures.

Huge congratulations to Milan!

Warm welcome to our new Professional Services staff members!

We would like to welcome to the Department of Statistics two brand new members of staff! Will Garrison is our new External Engagement Officer which is a brand new role in the department and also Shanice Kudita who is in the Office Co-ordinator position on a temporary basis. We are very excited for them to be working with us!

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Goodbye and good luck to Kayleigh!


The Department of Statistics is sad to say that Kayleigh Brewer, who was our fantastic Office Co-ordinator for two years, has left LSE and has taken up a position as Communications Officer at Imperial College London. She has been amazing at supporting the Department and we congratulate Kayleigh on her new venture and she will be missed! Good luck!

Congratulations to our MSc Prize Winners!

A huge congratulations to our MSc students who have won Winton Prizes this year!

Winner of the Winton Prize for Academic Excellence in MSc Data Science and Joint Winner of the Winton Prize for Best Dissertation in MSc Data Science

Michailia Panagiotidi, MSc Data Science 


Winner of the Winton Prize for Best Dissertation in MSc Statistics and Winner of the Royal Statistical Society Prize for Best Graduate from an Accredited MSc Programme

Sahra Ghalebikesabi, MSc Statistics (Research) 


Sahra told the Department of Statistics that 'I extend my most sincere thanks to Winton for making the award possible. I would have not succeeded without the support of my friends and family and the great supervision by Milan Vojnovic. The months of research I put in writing the dissertation have encouraged me to pursue a PhD in Statistics at the University of Oxford.'

Joint Winner of the Winton Prize for Best Dissertation in MSc Data Science

Jurriaan Parie, MSc Data Science 

Winner of the Winton Prize for Academic Excellence in MSc Statistics

Joel Teo, MSc Statistics (please note that Joel is on the 9 month programme, so he graduated in summer but we only decide the winners after we have the results from the 12 month programme later in the year) 

Interview with Chris Skinner published in International Statistical Review!

Professor Chris Skinner was interviewed by the International Statistical Review and he reflects on his career as a statistician. There are wonderful moments in the interview such as when he received his CBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2010. The full interview can be found in the International Statistical Review.  

Chris Skinner CBE

Please note that this article is only available to institutions that subscribe to the Wiley’s Online Library. 

Excellence in Education Awards

Huge congratulations to all of our Excellence in Education Award winners! We are very proud of what fantastic educators you are! James Abdey, Beatrice Acciaio, Yining Chen, Angelos Dassios, Clifford Lam, Gelly Mitrodima and George Tzougas all received this award at the Excellence in Education Awards ceremomy at the Shaw Library on 21st November 2019. More information can be found here -

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Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’, the Excellence in Education Awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.

Dr Clifford Lam reflects on his experience of being an educator at LSE below.  

Dr Lam was asked - When thinking about your students, what are some of the important things you would like them to learn during their time at our School?  

His answer was - To build up the best foundation possible from their time in LSE, so as to be able to think and learn independently.

Congratulations to our Undergraduate and MSc Prize Winners!

A huge congratulations to our Undergraduate and MSc Prize Winners for summer 2019! 

Winner of the Cyril Offord Prize for outstanding BSc performance

Nicolo Grometto 

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Winner of the Winton Capital Prize for academic excellence in Statistics with Financial Applications

and the Farr Prize for best performance in final BSc examinations

Natalia Hong

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Winner of the Winton Capital Prize  academic excellence in Statistics with Financial Applications 

and the IMA Prize For Outstanding Performance in the Final Year of an Institute of Mathematics and its Applications approved course

Garrick Wan

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Winner of the Ranjesh Bhansali Prize for Overall Performance by an Quantitative Methods for Risk Mangement student

Zezhun Chen 

Rajendra Prize Winner

Professor Fiona Steele receives Honorary Degree


Fiona Steele Hon Degree

Congratulations to Professor Fiona Steele OBE FBA, who received an honorary DSc degree from the University of Aberdeen. 

Professor Steele, Deputy Head of Department, is an eminent statistician whose principal interests are in methodological research, with applications in demography, education, family psychology and health. 

The honorary degree recognised Professor Steele's achievements and distinction in social science. 

Watch the degree conferment and interview with Prof. Steele. 

Photo credit: University of Aberdeen


Risk & Stochastics, Ragnar Norberg - a Festschrift



The book, a festchrift, titled 'Risk & Stochastics, Ragnar Norberg', is a collection of articles written by researchers. Edited by Professor Barrieu, the book honours Professor Ragnar Norberg's life and work. 

The book details ground-breaking research in modern actuarial and financial mathematics, while giving insight into the life of a leading academic.

Professor Barrieu also provided the foreword for the book: "I have felt very honoured to be the editor of this Festschrift, following the conference for the 70th birthday of Ragnar. It started as a birthday present for a colleague, mentor and friend. But this has sadly become a tribute to his outstanding contribution."


Class Teacher Awards 2019

Congratulations to Phil Chan and Evangelia Mitrodima who were winners of the 2019 award! 

“My goal is to enhance academic support and educational experiences for students. I organise activities to support first year undergraduates in their transition to University and foster a student community. One of these activties is the Statistics Practitioners’ Challenge, which involves collaboration with each other and staff on projects provided by industrial partners.” Evangelia Mitrodima

"The overall environment for working is great. I get a lot of support from the Department, and teaching keen students makes the effort worthwhile." Phil Chan

Also congratulations to Anastasia Kakou, Ragvir Sabharwal and Tianlin Xu who were highly commended! 

The LSE Class Teacher Awards are given to Graduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows and Guest Teachers in recognition of their contribution to teaching. 

Professor Chris Skinner – Winner of the 2019 Waksberg Award


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Congratulations to Professor Chris Skinner who received the 2019 Waksberg Award.

The Journal Survey Methodology has established an annual invited paper series in honour of Joseph Waksberg to recognise his contributions to survey methodology. Each year a prominent survey statistician is chosen to write a paper that reviews the development and current state of an important topic in the field of survey methodology. The paper reflects the mixture of theory and practice that characterised Joe Waksberg's work.

Professor Skinner was selected by a four-person committee appointed by Survey Methodology and the American Statistical Association. Chris will receive an honorarium and give the 2019 Waksberg invited address at Statistics Canada. The paper will be published in a future issue of Survey Methodology.


Double Master's in Financial Statistics and Chinese Economy with Fudan University


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The Department are excited to announce our partnership with Fudan University, China, to offer a unique two-year double master's degree in financial statistics (LSE) and Chinese economy (Fudan). 

Students will spend a year here at the Department, acquiring a solid quantitative background for careers in the financial industry.  The second year will be at Fudan University, where students will apply the quantitative tools learned to solve practical problems for central banking, international organisations or private sector firms. 

Upon completion of the course, recipients will be conferred a Masters of Economics in Finance and in MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) by Fudan and LSE respectively.

“Students will be offered a wide variety of statistics and machine learning module options, with a key focus in financial data analysis. The first year will provide quantitative training at LSE. The second year will see students gain exposure to the fast-growing Chinese economy, acquiring all of important tools for an economist in Fudan.

The course aligns with the emerging concept of “quantamental” individuals, who make decisions based on both quantitative evidence from data, and understanding of fundamentals in a broad horizon. We are delighted with our collaboration with Fudan University and look forward to welcoming our first students on this double degree." Dr Lam and Professor Barrieu

Visit the course page for more information. 


Visit from Barking Abbey School



We were very pleased to host a visit from seventeen students in years eleven and twelve from Barking Abbey School on Friday 5th April. Dr Sara Geneletti coordinated this visit with the support of the LSE Widening Participation Team. 

The visit began with short presentations on studying mathematics and statistics at university, presented by Professor Fiona Steele, Dr Wicher Bergsma and Dr Gelly Mitrodima. After lunch, the students were taken on a tour of the campus by three of our undergraduate student ambassadors. During the final part of the visit Dimple Wedgewood from Widening Participation led the students in a group task to generate questions about university in general and studying mathematics and statistics in particular, which were then answered by our student ambassadors.

We hope the students were inspired by their visit and we hope to see many of them in the future.


Research Internship Scheme Summer 2018

We are delighted to announce that Dr Tzougas' research paper, which was produced following last year's internship, has been accepted for publication. Two students Waqar Mustaqeem and Woo Hi Yik, along with Dr George Tzougas produced the paper. 

In particular, it has been accepted for publication by the internationally recognised academic journal Annals of Actuarial Science, that is published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK as part of its objective to advance all matters relevant to Actuarial Science.

Information regarding the summer 2019 Research Internship Scheme will be available soon.

Professor Irini Moustaki elected President of the Psychometric Society


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We are delighted that Professor Irini Moustaki has been elected the new President of the Psychometric Society, for the 2020-2021 term.  Irini will also serve on the Society’s Executive Committee for three years.

The Psychometric Society was founded in 1935. The society is devoted to the advancement of quantitative measurement practices in psychology, education and the social sciences. 

Irini Moustaki was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Psychometrika from November 2014 to December 2018.  


Team nominated for Values in Practice Awards 2018/19

Congratulations to colleagues in the Department for being nominated in the Values in Practice Awards 2018/19. The award recognises colleagues who have shown outstanding commitment and made a significant contribution to the School over the past year. 

A huge well done to colleagues for nominations in the following categories 

  • Sarah Mcmanus - Student Experience Ambassador 
  • Penny Montague - Exceptional Team Member
  • PSS Team - Team of the Year

Congratulations to our MSc Graduates and Prize Winners! 

Congratulations to all of our MSc graduates! A huge well done to the Winton Prize winners -

  • Kaifang Zhou for Best Dissertation in MSc Statistics! 

    Kaifang said: 

    "It was a great honor for me to win the Winton Prize for the Best Dissertation. Firstly, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to my supervisor, Professor Milan Vojnovic ́, who spent a lot of his precious time in guiding me to write this dissertation. Without his guidance and dedication I would not have finished this dissertation and won the Winton Prize. Secondly, I would also like to thank Doctor Se-Young Yun for his insightful discussions. Thirdly, I would also like to thank my family and friends, especially my parents and grandparents, who despite my busy schedule with this dissertation constantly supported me through this journey. Last but not least, I always consider myself lucky to be a part of Department of Statistics at LSE throughout my undergraduate and MSc studies, I love this department with many reasons. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Department of Statistics and Winton Capital for providing me with this unforgettable experience, which will give me huge confidence to continue my PhD studies at LSE."

  • Shuhan Yang for Academic Excellence in MSc Statistics!

    Shuhan said: 

    "It is my great honour to receive the Winton Prize for Academic Excellence. I would like to show my thanks to Winton for giving me this honour and to all the department staff for offering us a productive study environment. Also, I would like to express my appreciation to all my lecturers for the well-organized courses and attractive teaching styles that have broadened my horizon on financial statistics and aroused my curiosity to further study the time series. I am now planning to apply for a PhD"

  • Kevin Beck Hwai Boon for being jointly awarded the Best Dissertation in MSc Data Science
  • Luis Alonso Ma Takeshita for being jointly awarded the Best Dissertation in MSc Data Science. 

    Luis Alonso said: "I would like to thank both Winton and all department members for this great honour. Particularly, I would like to extend my thanks to my supervisors, Dr. Yining Chen and Dr. Xinghao Qiao for their continuous support and guidance. I greatly enjoyed this past year and am very pleased with the solid foundation in Data Science, theoretical and practical, that I received and has undoubtedly contributed deeply to my career development."

     At the moment, I'm working as Senior Data Scientist at the Analytics department from BCP (the largest bank in Peru)."

  • Yihuang Gu for being jointly awarded the Best Dissertation in MSc Data Science. 
  • Zhiyu Liu for Academic Excellence in MSc Data Science

    Zhiyu said: “It is my great honour to be awarded the Winton Prize for Academic Excellence. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the department for their immense support. I would also like to express my sincerest appreciation to Winton for giving me this honor. During the past one year, I was introduced to advanced statistical methods, hands-on programming exercises and cutting-edge researches. I really enjoy my time at LSE.”

    In terms of what I’ll be doing after my graduate, I plan to work as a data analyst in the Internet industry. Luckily, I have received several offers from companies in China but I haven’t yet made the final decision of which to join."

Professor Pauline Barrieu presented the prizes at the Departmental reception after the graduation cermeonies. 

Professor Kuha is the new joint editor for JRSS Series A of Journals



The Royal Statistical Society announced that Professor Jouni Kuha is the new Joint Editor of Series A of the journals. 

Prof. Kuha's methodological research focuses on latent variable modelling, analysis of survey data, problems with measurement error and missing data, and other areas that are motivated by applications of statistics in the social sciences. Jouni's has also been a mmember of the Government Statistical Service Methodology Advisory Committee and the analysis team of the exit poll for UK general elections. 

Jouni was a member of the Series C editorial panel (2009–2012), and the Social Statistics Section’s committee (2006 2012, as chair in 2010–2012).


Congratulations to Karim Senouni! Winner of the Sir Worcester Prize


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A huge congratulations to Karim Senouni for winning the Sir Worcester Prize for Exceptional Academic Performance! This is a part of  LSE100, which is the flagship interdisciplinary course for undergraduate students. 

Karim pictured (far right) with fellow prize winners

Karim - "It's great to be recognised for my work on LSE100 by receiving this prestigious award.  I found the course extremely refreshing and beneficial for developing new skills, even gaining an interest in Game Theory which I have taken up in my third year. I'd personally stress the importance of persistence and curiosity as the key determinant of success, in both LSE100 and beyond! In my oinion, there are very few things that can stand in the way of a can-do attitude and a strong focus on what output you want to be associated with." 


Professor Pauline Barrieu - Winner of the 2018 Louis Bachelier Prize


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Congratulations to Pauline Barrieu winner of the prestigious Louis Bachelier Prize, in recognition for her contributions to the fields of pricing, risk management and insurance.

Pictured with Jean Cheval, Senior Adviser, and Michel Crouhy,  President of the Foundation Natixis. Professor Barrieu is the current Head of Department for the Department of Statistics, and Co-Director for the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series.

Professor Barrieu - "I feel extremely honoured to receive this award from such a distinguished jury and to join a prestigious list of recipients. Throughout my career, I have been very privileged to have met many researchers from different areas, happy to collaborate and share ideas. I am grateful to work at the intersection of fields and just enjoy learning to understand how things work, to live research as a human experience and as an exchange."



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