During 2005-09, Sheila Bird was the Royal Statistical Society’s (RSS) vice-president for external affairs and introduced both the RSS’s statistical seminars for journalists and awards for statistical excellence in journalism: for which, in 2010, she was awarded the RSS’s Chambers Medal.
Following swine-flu, on which she wrote a series of articles for Straight Statistics, Sheila Bird has led the Royal Statistical Society’s campaign for legislation to end the late registration of deaths in England and Wales where fact-of-death is not registered for at least six months for one in five premature deaths (aged 5-44 years).
From 2006 to 2014, Sheila Bird and the late Colonel Clive Fairweather CBE, reported 20-weekly on military fatality rates in Aghanistan by nationality and cause.
In 2011, Sheila was appointed OBE for her services to social science and, in 2012, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Should we fear democracy?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
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