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Thought leadership: actuarial science research and knowledge hub

Current research activities

The IFoA places the advancement of actuarial science at the heart of its activities by commissioning and funding research that:

  • advances actuarial science as a subject
  • supports industry practitioners
  • helps inform evidence-based public policy development

Cutting edge Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) research projects have produced interesting outputs addressing some of the key challenges in actuarial science.

Find out more on:

Modelling measurement and management of longevity and morbidity risk

Using big health and actuarial data for understanding longevity and morbidity risks

Minimising longevity and investment risk while optimising future pension plans

Behavioural finance

Future research activity

Over the next few years the IFoA has identified two additional areas it would like to research:

Economic modelling

Actuarial practitioners have traditionally utilised conventional economic theory to identify the approach to adopt in economic and financial issues. The experience of the 2008 economic and financial crisis challenged conventional economic tools, with other schools of economic thought brought into sharp focus.  In the first instance, a survey of current practice amongst actuarial practitioners has been commissioned, with a view to undertaking a wider research project later.

More on economic modelling

Equity release mortgages

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), through the Actuarial Research Centre (ARC), has recently commissioned a research project on Equity Release Mortgages: No Negative Equity Guarantee. The call for tender closed on 7th September 2018. Read the call document

 More information on this jointly commissioned research project will be available shortly.

Periodical Payment Orders

Periodical Payment Orders (PPOs) are a significant feature of insurers' and reinsurers' balance sheets already. PPOs are having an impact on the UK insurance and reinsurance industry and on pricing and capital modelling efforts of GI actuaries. In the first instance, a feasibility study will be carried out which will: a) lead to the compilation of mortality tables for lives who have suffered the types of traumatic injury that give rise to PPO awards and b) Identify the most appropriate health database(s) that can be used to compile these tables, e.g. the THIN and/or CPRD GP data sets.

More information on  the PPOs project will be available shortly.

Further reading, videos and audio recordings:

IFoA Actuarial Knowledge Hub and electronic resources

Resources in the IFoA eLibrary are available to members and affiliates who login using their IFoA website credentials. Member users then join the IFoA Actuarial Knowledge Hub, an integrated search resource that can assist with study, research and Lifelong Learning. (The Actuarial Knowledge Hub is free for all to search, with a login at the top enabling IFoA members to access full text in search results.)

The Hub brings together several distinct sources of research in actuarial science in one search:

  • the online journals and ebooks available to IFoA members
  • the IFoA library catalogue and its 20,000 records of pronted books and resources and over 30,000 abstracts and references to journals worldwide, built up over many decades by library staff
  • the catalogue includes rare books and historic pamphlets collected by the Insitute and Faculty since their formation - a unique archive devoted to the origins and development of actuarial science
  • thousands of relevant references from research databases across the world

Find out more about the full range of library services, both online and on-site. 

To support Lifelong Learning, keep abreast of current actuarial work and its impact.

Increase your knowledge and awareness of current topics in these areas:

The IFoA's Actuarial Knowledge Hub, Library Catalogue and Subject Search offer prepared searches to find recent publications across the practice areas.

Keep up to date in scholarly research by reading the IFoA's journals:

Recent event:

Actuarial Research Centre -  2018 Webinar Series    

Following the successful launch of the 2017 ARC webinar series, the IFoA ran a further successful series in 2018 to once again showcase its most cutting edge research programmes addressing some significant challenges in actuarial science. Details of the 2018 webinars are available on the ARC webinar page.  Recordings are available to view now on the IFoA’s on line resources web page for members and the ARC's YouTube channel for non-members.

Want to stay up to date with the latest in ARC and IFoA research? View our ARC webpages, and sign up for our quarterly newsletter by e-mailing research@actuaries.org.uk.

Lifelong Learning and Continuing Professional Development

When this learning is relevant to your work or role and addresses a personal development area, this can also be used to meet your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Review the CPD Scheme requirements

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Events calendar

  • Spaces available

    Mathematical Futures: The Actuary in a World Transformed – Sir Adrian Smith will outline how advances in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the world of big data will transform the nature of many industries, including financial services. The broader environment within which mathematics is applied will change rapidly, often led by innovative yet disruptive forces outside. These changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the work of actuaries - and the profession will need to adapt quickly to thrive.

     

  • Spaces available

    The General Insurance (GI) Spring Conference is a result of the General Insurance Lifelong Learning Committee (GILL) combining this year’s 'Current Issues in General Insurance' (CIGI) and 'Technical Issues in General Insurance' (TIGI) conferences into a virtual webinar series over 19 – 25 May that will be available to watch online globally.

  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
    Spaces available

    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

  • Spaces available

    Behavioural Science Webinar SeriesThe world is changing. The fourth industrial revolution, globalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic are up-ending traditional social and business norms around the world; changes that were once predictable and steady are now faster and more profound.

  • Spaces available

    Risk Management Webinar PrgrammeTools like python/R are being heavily used to provide end-to-end analytical solutions for risk management. They help to set up a framework/platform to collect risk data and work out stochastic analytics to provide insights into the risks faced by a firm, be it in any sector.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will look at several aspects of intergenerational fairness and our panel of experts will challenge you, society, taxpayers and generations X, Y and Z on key aspects of DB v DC pensions, public v private sector pensions, state benefits and key aspects of sustainability.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
    Spaces available

    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

  • Spaces available

    Given our commitment to the safety of our members and employees, and as the easing of restrictions in respect of COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed at this point in time, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year.

    The Business of the AGM

  • Spaces available

    Join newly inaugurated IFoA President Dr. Louise Pryor as she explores what we need to do to keep abreast of the changing world – and how we can seize the resulting opportunities – in her Presidential Address, ‘A Learning Society’

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

  • Spaces available

    The paper “Asset liability modelling in the quantum era” shall be presented by its authors, Tim Berry and James Sharpe, and chaired by Andrew Smith, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin.

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    Risk Management Webinar ProgrammeInternal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible?  This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them.