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2014 Knoop Lecture

Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

The Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield was proud to welcome Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE to give the 2014 Knoop Lecture - the department's annual public lecture.

Sir Andrew's presentation, Numbers and Public Policy, explored how we use numbers to inform decision-making and support democratic debate. He discussed the role of the UK Statistics Authority in promoting official statistics which serve the public good, and in challenging the misuse of statistics.

Sir Andrew Dilnot is Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority and one of the UK’s most renowned economists. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on numbers and statistics, More or Less and co-authored (with Michael Blastland) The Tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers, a study of the role and use of statistics.

Download the lecture slides from Sir Andrew's 2014 Knoop Lecture (PDF, 3MB).

View the video of Sir Andrew Dilnot's 2015 Knoop Lecture.

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Where and when

Please arrive at 5.15pm on Tuesday 11 November 2014. The lecture will start at 5.30pm.

This year's venue is the University of Sheffield's St George's Church, 17 Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 4DT (Ref G3 164 on the campus map)

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from around 6.30pm in Mappin Hall (Ref H3 170 on the campus map) where everyone attending the event will be welcome.

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Who can attend?

The 2014 Knoop Lecture is open to all. We welcome:

  • anyone with an interest in how data is used, and misused in public life
  • students and teachers at schools and colleges
  • students at the University of Sheffield and other institutions
  • academics and researchers from any discipline

Register your place

Registrations for the 2014 Knoop Lecture are now closed.

If you are interested in future Knoop Lectures then please contact us by email knoop@sheffield.ac.uk

Sir Andrew DilnotPhoto of Sir Andrew Dilnot

The post of Chair of the UK Statistics Authority is a Crown appointment, made with the approval of Parliament. Andrew was appointed to succeed the Authority’s first Chair, Sir Michael Scholar KCB, and he took up post in April 2012 for a five-year term.

Andrew was elected as Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford with effect from September 2012. Between 2002 and August 2012, Andrew was Principal of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford.

He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and knighted in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to economics and economic policy.

Andrew was educated in Swansea and at St. John’s College, Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and between 1991 and 2002 he served as its Director.

Andrew was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on numbers and statistics, More or Less and co-authored (with Michael Blastland) The Tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers, a study of the role and use of statistics.

Between 2009 and 2012, Andrew chaired the Statistics User Forum and was also a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the National Consumer Council, and the council of the Royal Economic Society.

What is the Knoop Lecture?

The annual Knoop Lecture was inaugurated in 2012 to commemorate our first head of department, Professor Douglas Knoop (1883-1948). Professor Knoop spent 38 years with the Department of Economics in the first half of the 20th century.

More about Professor Douglas Knoop
The 2013 lecture with Jonathan Portes