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Awards - The OR Society Undergraduate Award

One prize is awarded per registered institution per academic year.  
At each institution, the student who completes the best O.R. project as part of their relevant undergraduate degree course is awarded:

- A certificate
- £50.00
- The opportunity to present an overview of their project at The OR Society’s *Education and Research Seminar*
- Each winning student’s name, their institution and course details, and the abstract of their project is published on the ORS website(s)
- An article also features on the ORS website(s) and in Inside O.R. with photographs of all prize winners at the seminar series or with photographs forwarded by the institutions

To request an application form for your institution, please email 

Submission - Entries should be submitted by email unless infeasible. Please send entries to 

Current Awards Panel practice

It is current practice that announcements relating to The OR Society's Undergraduate Award shall be published on the Society’s website as well as in Inside O.R.

You can read more about this years Undergraduate Award winners and their project abstracts below:


Citation The OR Society Undergraduate Award 2017

University of Leicester – Anthony Luciani

Anthony Luciani and Prof Alex Clark

After graduating from BSc Mathematics (link:, Anthony will be studying a Masters in Financial Mathematics and Computation at the University of Leicester and working on a long-term project regarding cryptocurrency trading with a friend.

Optimising a Mining Strategy For New Crofton Cooperative Colliery (NCCC)

New Crofton Cooperative Colliery is planning to sink a new coal mine near Wakefield in Yorkshire. Full details of the proposed mine and the method of working can be found at . The proposed method of working – room and pillar – is understood on a theoretical basis using a presentation written by Dr Hirschi, but NCCC would like to understand more about how it will work in practice and whether it is the most efficient method. The purpose of this project is to develop a simulation model in a suitable software package that can be used to demonstrate to NCCC its proposed method of operation and possible alternatives to it. The dissertation outlines the benefits of the proposed methods, and contains a simulation creator tool which allows people with no specialist simulation knowledge to measure the optimality of their own strategy against the methods of others.

University of South Wales – Ffion James-Hargreaves

Ffion James-Hargreaves and Dr Penny Holborn

Following Graduation from BSc Mathematics (link: at the University of South Wales, Ffion has accepted a job at the Office for National Statistics based in Newport, South Wales as a Statistical Officer working in the National Accounts Coordination Division.

Investigating the impact of alcohol related attendances at A&E

This research investigates the impact of alcohol related attendances on the demand and capacity of the emergency services, specifically the Accident and Emergency departments within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Alcohol misuse is a major problem in modern society, resulting in both physical and mental harm, causing a large number of Accident and Emergency (A&E) attendances, which are therefore creating a significant burden on the department. The current operation of alcohol-related attendances, by most A&E departments, could be further improved. The remainder of this research examines the current literature published around areas of the subject, such that known methods can be implemented, i.e. statistical analysis and simulation.

Overall, there has been a decrease of 40.71% of attendances over the time frame of April 2010 to March 2016, yet men still encompass 61% of these. According to a Chi-Squared Goodness of Fit test, paired with the Kruskal-Wallis and the post-hoc Stepdown Bonferroni, there were no differences between the number of male and female attendances year on year, explaining that the ratio of males to females stays constant, although total alcohol-related attendances are decreasing in general. After performing further statistical analysis, it was seen that the Royal Gwent General Hospital and Nevill Hall General District Hospital handled the greatest number of attendances and were also found to have the largest number of patients arriving via Air Ambulance/Helicopter.

Then, when simulating an A&E department using the simulation software, Simul8, it was shown that having one doctor assigned to each specific triage category (1 through 5 and 6), was a viable solution to decreasing the impact of alcohol-related attendances on the A&E department. This was seen when 100% of patients left the system in less than the specified time frame, at four hours.

This should, in turn, strengthen the role of A&E departments and overall, may result in a decrease in the number of cases of alcohol-related incidences.