Richard Badge and I had a useful chat on Friday about the future of statistics teaching in the School. After discussing all the options, we came back to the conclusion that there is no sensible alternative but to roll out use of R as our statistics package of choice. This will not be easy, so the plan is to use Excel on BS1011 for one more year and put a sticking plaster on StatsVision for one more iteration of the MSc course, then roll out R-based courses on the StatsVision model in January 2012.
This shows amazing optimism, first that we think it might be possible to develop an acceptable first year R-based course, second that I think I may still have a job in January 2012. We'll see.