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Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

The Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication is a new centre hosted within the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

Endowed by a generous donation by the David and Claudia Harding Foundation and the Winton Charitable Foundation, we aim to ensure that quantitative evidence and risk is presented to people in a fair and balanced way.

All too often, numbers are used to try to bolster an argument or persuade people to make a decision one way or the other. We want to ensure that both risks and benefits of any decision are presented equally and fairly, and the numbers are made clear and put in an appropriate context.

We carry out our own research into how best to communicate numbers, and work with institutions all over the world to improve the way that important evidence is presented to all of us: whether it’s to make decisions as individuals (such as choosing a medical treatment), or as a part of society (such as choosing a policy to vote for). You can find out more about our specific current projects on this site.

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Latest news

Winton Centre launches eLearning courses

28 August 2018

The Winton Centre are delighted to release two eLearning courses. In partnership with the Australian Commission and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges we have produced courses on risk communication for primary care clinicians and for perioperative specailists such as surgeons and anaesthetists. The courses are freely...

The risks of alcohol (again)

28 August 2018

David wrote a blog on the recent paper published by the Lancet demonstrating the global impact of alcohol consumption. This was a huge exercise from the Gates Foundation-funded Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle. Read more ... .