You should all be aware that the next Statistics User Forum meeting is on Thursday 2 November at 14.00 (with the traditional light lunch at 13.00). It's taking place in the ONS office at 1 Drummond Gate, which is just yards from Pimlico underground station.
There are two significant differences for potential attendees to note compared to when we hold the meetings in the RSS Council Chamber:
Firstly, we are far more limited on space. We really need to know in advance who wants to attend and, as a result, have to limit it to one attendee per organisation or user group. Restricted availability means that we cannot allow for anybody turning up unannounced I'm afraid!
The second issue is security. The building can only be accessed through a security barrier, so, as with the numbers above, I really need to know in advance who is planning to attend for security reasons.
So please let me know as soon as possible, and no later than Monday 30 October, whether you plan to be there. Can you also specify if you are arriving for the lunch at 13.00 or whether you will be arriving just for the meeting. If it is the latter, please ensure that you arrive promptly.
I will be issuing a final agenda by email before the meeting but the following is a list of the main items that will be included:
You can let me know your plans as a response to this post or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics User ForumExternal Affairs & Engagement OfficerONS User Intelligence and Engagement Team
Thank you for the post but I wonder if the arrangements that you have set out are a little too restrictive and might be detrimental to attendance over time.
I am assuming that because of the size of a SUF meeting that, whatever the arrangements, it will be held in the Board Room in Drummond Gate.
Now there were 26 people attending the SUF meeting at the RSS in July. Only 4 organisations had more than one representative (ie 2 reps) at the July meeting – two of which were the OSR and ONS!
The other two were the RPI /CPI User Group and the Health Statistics User Group which are probably two of the most active user groups.
There would appear to be other options available on attendance that would mitigate your problem with space –
I think that in general the intention should be to encourage participation by the widest range of those who wish to embrace user engagement rather than appear restrictive. Otherwise the risk is that attendance at SUF may suffer which is in no one's interest.
I hope this is helpful.
RPI /CPI User Group
Can I reinforce this, as the other 'second rep' present at the last meeting. Like Arthur, I would be interested in attending the next meeting.
Perhaps Forum members who are able to access sufficiently large rooms free of charge could offer to rotate hosting? I appreciate that ONS probably has larger rooms in Titchfield and Newport, but most of us don't have the funds to go there. I seem to remember making comments in the past about possible implications of relocating the headquarters of our National Statistical Service to a building two miles outside Newport, but that is past history and whoever made the decision has collected their gong and retired.