Statistics User Forum

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The Statistics User Forum (SUF), supported by the Office for National Statistics, aims to be the strategic voice of users of official statistics. The Forum acts as an umbrella organisation for user groups, each of which covers a particular area across the spectrum of official statistics. Through the Forum we enable open and constructive dialogue between users and producers of official statistics and encourage communication across the user community.

Latest Discussion Posts

  • We have 1 place remaining on our popular two-day professional level course called  Introduction to Machine Learning in R.   This course will be held at the Royal Statistical Society on 1 & 2 March 2018.  Course: Introduction to Machine Learning ...

  • Dear SUF members, Just to let you know that the RSS and UK Statistics Authority are now accepting entries for the Campion award for excellence in official statistics. The award is for anyone working in UK government statistics and rewards good ...

  • HESA has published the Higher Education Students Statistics: Alternative Providers 2016/17 - for the first time including two years of AP open data. APs are HE providers who do not receive recurrent funding from HEFCE or other public bodies and who are ...

  • New definitions for 'Migration, Country of Birth and Citizenship' have been approved by the National Statistics Harmonisation Steering Group (NSH SG). The updated definitions are now available to view on the GSS website. Please click the link below ...

  • We still have places available on our two-day professional development training course ' Consultancy Skills. ' This course will be held at the Royal Statistical Society on 6 & 7 March 2018. Consultancy Skills Date: 6 & 7 March 2018 Presenters: ...

Latest Shared Files


  • Proposed Changes to ONS Birth Statistics

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is running a consultation on changes that we are planning to make to the way that birth statistics are published from the 2017 data year onwards.

    We plan to make four explorable datasets available for live births; the specification for these and consequential proposed changes to our annual publication tables are detailed in the consultation.

    We would appreciate and welcome your feedback on these proposals and will take account of all feedback received before making any changes.

    For more information please email
  • Changes to Divorces in England and Wales 2015 being released 21 June 2017 by ONS

    Under the Children and Families Act 2014, divorcing couples are no longer required to provide information on children as part of the divorce process. From the data received by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) it is not possible to determine whether a couple were childless or whether they chose not to provide information on children.

    Analyses show that the average number of children per couple has declined notably since 2013, a likely consequence of many couples choosing not to provide children information. Consequently children information will no longer be included within our divorces release; figures based on incomplete data would be misleading.

    If you require any further information please contact Vital Statistics Outputs Branch at ONS ( or telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110).