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The Fantasy Premier League API: Web Scraping with Python

Every year, a number of APR staff compete in the APR fantasy football league. Using Python and R to scrape data from the Fantasy Premier League API, John Nicholls investigates which players provide the best value for money when selecting a team.

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Introducing APR LGBTQ+

As APR continues to grow at an accelerating pace, diversity and inclusion is increasingly on our minds. In this article, Michael Scanlon reflects on the effort that has been made to help the LGBTQ+ community and its allies feel welcome.

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The End of the CAA Qualification – What does the future hold?

The IFoA and the SOA have taken the decision to wind down the CAA qualification. APR has been a big proponent of the qualification and, in this article, Gary Heslop gives his thoughts on the benefits it has provided to APR and what might replace it.

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The importance of training and development

Learning and development are a vital part of our culture at APR. In this article Richard Collins discusses the benefits of investing in training and development, and reflects on how APR’s training offering has evolved.

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PRA Review of Solvency II Quantitative Impact Study – what’s included?

The PRA has now released details for their Solvency II Quantitative Impact Study (QIS), with submissions due by 20th October 2021. In this article Alan Reed summarises what has been included and what the requirements are.

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PRA Review of Solvency II Quantitative Impact Study – what to look out for

In this short article Ross Gordon highlights what to look out for in the PRA’s upcoming Quantitative Impact Study (QIS) review of Solvency II, details of which are expected shortly.

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April 2021 Exam Results

The April 2021 exam results have now been published and APR staff achieved a 85% pass rate across all exams taken. In this article, Imelda Barnes compares our performance with the industry average.

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Population Frailty Models in the context of COVID-19

Accounting for the long-term effects of Covid on population mortality will likely be a key topic of actuarial discussion for years to come. In this article, Cristian Redondo Loures gives an introduction to population frailty models in the context of Covid-19, these are models that allow for different mortality curves for each individual in a population.

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How I made a career change to become an actuary

In this article Tom Coyne shares his experience of, and tips for, making a career change to become an actuary.

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Making Good Students Great, Again

As APR prepares for its largest ever single intake of staff in September 2021, our induction manager Chris Nash reflects further on the key skills and traits which we aim to instil in our staff from their first day in the office.

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