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Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Cara Quinton

Wondering what our education and outreach activities are all about?

We offer regular 2 hour face to face training up and down the country, where you have the opportunity to meet other volunteers, learn about volunteering and get to grips with the materials in a fun and friendly environment. Plus you'll get to hear a brief overview of what we’re all about whilst drinking tea and eating biscuits! We promise it will be lots of fun, and will equip you with the skills you need to run these workshops.

The next few training sessions we're running this year are in Leciester, Swindon, Cheshire and Birmingham (with a London one in January 2019). Training is free and anyone can attend - it doesn't matter if you're a student, non-member working in OR, or a retired individual! Simply sign up via the links below.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

  1. Leicester STEM Hub – Monday 29th October
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-is-fundamental-the-or-society-volunteer-training-tickets-49283712912
  2. Swindon – Thursday 15th November
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stem-ambassador-training-operational-research-tickets-51515014796
  3. Cheshire STEM Hub – Thursday 22nd November
    https://bookwhen.com/allaboutstem/e/ev-s0jv-20181122160000
  4. The OR Society offices (Birmingham) – Wed 12th December
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-is-fundamental-the-or-society-volunteer-training-tickets-49288407955
  5. London STEM Learning Hub,  Moorgate (London) – Thursday 31st January
    Time TBC

 

If you've got any questions, get in touch - email schools@theorsociety.com



Wondering what our education and outreach activities are all about?

We offer regular 2 hour face to face training up and down the country, where you have the opportunity to meet other volunteers, learn about volunteering and get to grips with the materials in a fun and friendly environment. Plus you'll get to hear a brief overview of what we’re all about whilst drinking tea and eating biscuits! We promise it will be lots of fun, and will equip you with the skills you need to run these workshops.

The next few training sessions we're running this year are in Leciester, Swindon, Cheshire and Birmingham (with a London one in January 2019). Training is free and anyone can attend - it doesn't matter if you're a student, non-member working in OR, or a retired individual! Simply sign up via the links below.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

  1. Leicester STEM Hub – Monday 29th October
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-is-fundamental-the-or-society-volunteer-training-tickets-49283712912
  2. Swindon – Thursday 15th November
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stem-ambassador-training-operational-research-tickets-51515014796
  3. Cheshire STEM Hub – Thursday 22nd November
    https://bookwhen.com/allaboutstem/e/ev-s0jv-20181122160000
  4. The OR Society offices (Birmingham) – Wed 12th December
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maths-is-fundamental-the-or-society-volunteer-training-tickets-49288407955
  5. London STEM Learning Hub,  Moorgate (London) – Thursday 31st January
    Time TBC

 

If you've got any questions, get in touch - email schools@theorsociety.com



Monday, 24 Sep 2018
ORinSchools (ORiS)

We're heading to the following universities this year to talk about what OR is, why it's relevant and more importantly, how you can get a job in it!

If you're a student at one of the universities below - come along and say hi (we promise we're a friendly bunch)! Altneratively if you're working in industry (or academia) and would be happy to share your knowledge with the younger generation, get in touch!

Email schools@theorsociety.com to volunteer or just to let us know you're attending.

Non-University Career Fairs:
  • Monster Confidence, Birmingham, Tuesday 6 November
  • Monster Confidence, Manchester, Friday 9 November
University Career Fairs:
  • Leicester Uni, Careers Talk, Friday 28 September
  • University of Manchester, Wednesday 3 October 
  • University of Bristol, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October
  • University of Surrey, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October 
  • Surrey University, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Stemettes Event, Careers Fair, London, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • University of Birmingham, Maths Careers Fair, Thursday 11 October 2018
  • University of Kent, Careers Fair, Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Leicester University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October
  • (1) Warwick University, Business Careers Fair, Thursday 18 October
  • Essex University, Careers Fair, Friday 19 October
  • Cambridge Careers Event, Wednesday 24 October (Evening event)
  • Royal Holloway University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • University of Reading, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • Oxford University, Careers Fair, Saturday 27 October
  • Teeside Uni, Careers Fair, Friday 2 November
  • Birkbeck University ,Careers Fair, Saturday 3 November
  • Leeds Uni, Careers Talk, Monday 5 November
  • Exeter Uni, Careers Fair, Tuesday 6 November
  • Southampton Uni, Careers Fair Tuesday 6 November
  • Plymouth Uni, Careers Fair, Wednesday 7 November
  • University South Wales, Careers Fair, Thursday 8 November
  • (2) Warwick University, STEM Careers Fair, Tuesday 13 November
  • Loughborough University, Careers Fair, 21 November (Evening event: 5pm - 8pm)
  • THE OR SOCIETY CAREERS FAIR, TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER
  • Lancaster University, Wednesday 28 November (Afternoon event: 3pm - 6pm)


We're heading to the following universities this year to talk about what OR is, why it's relevant and more importantly, how you can get a job in it!

If you're a student at one of the universities below - come along and say hi (we promise we're a friendly bunch)! Altneratively if you're working in industry (or academia) and would be happy to share your knowledge with the younger generation, get in touch!

Email schools@theorsociety.com to volunteer or just to let us know you're attending.


University Career Fairs:
  • Leicester Uni, Careers Talk, Friday 28 September
  • University of Manchester, Wednesday 3 October 
  • University of Bristol, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October
  • University of Surrey, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October 
  • Surrey University, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Stemettes Event, Careers Fair, London, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • University of Birmingham, Maths Careers Fair, Thursday 11 October 2018
  • University of Kent, Careers Fair, Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Leicester University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October
  • (1) Warwick University, Business Careers Fair, Thursday 18 October
  • Essex University, Careers Fair, Friday 19 October
  • Cambridge Careers Event, Wednesday 24 October (Evening event)
  • Royal Holloway University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • University of Reading, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • Oxford University, Careers Fair, Saturday 27 October
  • Teeside Uni, Careers Fair, Friday 2 November
  • Birkbeck University ,Careers Fair, Saturday 3 November
  • Leeds Uni, Careers Talk, Monday 5 November
  • Exeter Uni, Careers Fair, Tuesday 6 November
  • Southampton Uni, Careers Fair Tuesday 6 November
  • Plymouth Uni, Careers Fair, Wednesday 7 November
  • University South Wales, Careers Fair, Thursday 8 November
  • (2) Warwick University, STEM Careers Fair, Tuesday 13 November
  • Loughborough University, Careers Fair, 21 November (Evening event: 5pm - 8pm)
  • THE OR SOCIETY CAREERS FAIR, TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER
  • Lancaster University, Wednesday 28 November (Afternoon event: 3pm - 6pm)


Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018
ORinSchools (ORiS)

OR in Schools is delighted to announce the next three volunteer training sessions are avilable to book online. 

Volunteer training lasts 2 hours and covers a background of the OR in Schools initiative, along with practical exercises demonstrating the resources available. Over the last two years we have been working hard to update and refine the resources and we're delighted to show you the new materials. 

If you're thinking about getting involved with schools, colleges or universities to promote the importance of maths and OR, please do come along to a session - feedback is always very positive so we're confident you'll find it a good use of time! 

Training will run in Cheshire, Birmingham and Leicester in the evening. 

If you have any questions or comments please email schools@theorsociety.com



Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018
Mrs Amy Patrick

Thank you to all those who have taken the time to submit their abstract and book their place at OR60.
 
We are very pleased to advise that we have had a marvellous increase in the number of abstracts received this year and can now share the exciting conference schedule with you.

The OR60 committee has liaised closely with the stream organisers and worked hard to meet everyone’s requirements wherever possible, to ensure that the conference runs smoothly. Both the conference timetable and programme outline for OR60 are now available to download.

Please note that the timetable is subject to change and delegates and speakers will be advised. 

A joining pack of further information including campus maps and the conference app will be sent soon.



Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018
Mrs Amy Patrick

 A keynote presentation from OR59 is now available on our YouTube channelA Model Simulator: The lives of Jay Forrester from Prof David Lane’s (FORS) keynote presentation. Note that the original presentation involved two other videos. The first of these is not included in the film of the talk, whilst the second appears as a ‘film of a film’. Those wishing to watch these films can use the details below:

Edward Murrow's See It Now—Jay Forrester and Whirlwind (1951) (Excerpt)
Forrester on Courage

The journal article associated with the talk is: Lane, D. C. & Sterman, J. D. (2018). A Model Simulator: The lives of Jay W Forrester. Journal of Simulation, 12(2): 90-97.This article can be accessed on the Taylor and Francis Online website. A more detailed biography of Forrester may be found in System Dynamics Review. Additional information about Jay Forrester, including further publications, honors and awards, and obituaries from around the world, can be accessed on the  System Dynamics Society’s website.



Monday, 18 Jun 2018
ORinSchools (ORiS)

If you're interested and available in any of the dates below and want to volunteer for the careers fair, please email us with the date you want to help out at and we'll get you signed up.


Events Volunteering Opportunities:

  • The Big Bang Fair Buckinghamshire, Monday 25 June 2018 and Tuesday 26 June 
  • The Big Bang Fair Yorkshire and Humberside, Tuesday 26 June 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair South East, Wednesday 27th June & Thursday 28th June
  • The Big Bang Fair Derby, Thursday 28 June 2018
  • Buckingham Maths Conference, Maths Visit, Friday 29 June 2018
  • Cambridge School Careers Fair, Thursday 5 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London, Wednesday 4 July to Friday 6 July 2018
  • Family Maths Fun Day, York Saturday 7 July 2018
  • Summer School at Aston University, Monday 9 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair North West, Tuesday 10 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair Brighton, Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London (Additional days), Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July 

University Career Fairs Volunteering Opportunities:
  • Buckingham Skills Show, 12-13 October 2018
  • University of Bristol, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Surrey University, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • University of Kent, Careers Fair, Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Leicester University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October
  • Cambridge Careers Event, Wednesday 24 October (Evening event)
  • Royal Holloway University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • University of Reading, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • Teeside Uni, Careers Fair, Friday 2 November
  • Exeter Uni, Careers Fair, Tuesday 6 November
  • Plymouth Uni, Careers Fair, Wednesday 7 November
  • Warwick University, STEM Careers Fair, Tuesday 13 October

We also have New Scientist Live running which is a large scale event in September and we're after volunteers. There's a specific form for sign ups - fill out the form here.

 
If you want to get involved in any of the above events, drop us a line with the event name and date (schools@theorsociety.com) and we'll sign you up. Alternatively, email us to be added to the volunteers list so you'll find out all the latest news and info. 

 



If you're interested and available in any of the dates below and want to volunteer for the careers fair, please email us with the date you want to help out at and we'll get you signed up.


Events Volunteering Opportunities:

  • The Big Bang Fair Buckinghamshire, Monday 25 June 2018 and Tuesday 26 June 
  • The Big Bang Fair Yorkshire and Humberside, Tuesday 26 June 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair South East, Wednesday 27th June & Thursday 28th June
  • The Big Bang Fair Derby, Thursday 28 June 2018
  • Buckingham Maths Conference, Maths Visit, Friday 29 June 2018
  • Cambridge School Careers Fair, Thursday 5 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London, Wednesday 4 July to Friday 6 July 2018
  • Family Maths Fun Day, York Saturday 7 July 2018
  • Summer School at Aston University, Monday 9 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair North West, Tuesday 10 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair Brighton, Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • The Big Bang Fair London (Additional days), Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July 

University Career Fairs Volunteering Opportunities:
  • Buckingham Skills Show, 12-13 October 2018
  • University of Bristol, Careers Fair, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Surrey University, Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • University of Kent, Careers Fair, Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Leicester University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October
  • Cambridge Careers Event, Wednesday 24 October (Evening event)
  • Royal Holloway University, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • University of Reading, Careers Fair, Wednesday 24 October
  • Teeside Uni, Careers Fair, Friday 2 November
  • Exeter Uni, Careers Fair, Tuesday 6 November
  • Plymouth Uni, Careers Fair, Wednesday 7 November
  • Warwick University, STEM Careers Fair, Tuesday 13 October

We also have New Scientist Live running which is a large scale event in September and we're after volunteers. There's a specific form for sign ups - fill out the form here.

 
If you want to get involved in any of the above events, drop us a line with the event name and date (schools@theorsociety.com) and we'll sign you up. Alternatively, email us to be added to the volunteers list so you'll find out all the latest news and info. 

 



Friday, 15 Jun 2018
Mrs Amy Patrick

Cardiff University School of Mathematics
19 June 2018


Our AGM will take place at Cardiff University School of Mathematics on Tuesday 19 June 2018. Details of the agenda, together with the supporting papers, can be found at www.theorsociety.com/AGM2018.

Members who are eligible will be able to vote for the various resolutions online or by printing, completing and posting the ballot form. Completed ballot forms can also be submitted at the AGM in person. You will need to log in to The OR Society's website to be able to view the ballot and vote electronically. Many thanks to those who have already taken the time to vote.
 
Please note that Corporate Affiliates are not eligible to vote, but of course are still welcome to read the documents for their information and interest.

Details of the speakers and agenda are below. Members (and indeed non-members) are encouraged to attend this FREE meeting, but please register online to attend.

Presentations by:

John Boulton, Aneurin Bevan Health Board 

John will talk on successes, impact and opportunities of OR applied to healthcare from one half of the largest university OR/NHS collaboration in the UK. See bio.

Tom Smith, Managing Director of the ONS's Data Science Campus

The Data ScienceCampus at the UK’s Office for National Statistics in Newport works at the frontier ofdata science and AI – building skills and applying tools, methods and practices– to create new understanding and improve decision-making for public good. Its goals are to investigate the use of new data sources, including administrative data and big data, for public good and to help build data science capability forthe benefit of the UK. Tom will talk about the work of the Campus, examples of how data science is being used across government to support policy-making, operations, public services andstatistics, and also compare/contrast the roles of data scientists,operational researchers, and statisticians. Tom Smith is Managing Director at the Data Science Campus. See bio.

Event Schedule

14.45 Registration

15.00 Introduction and Welcome from SWORDS and Cardiff University

15.05 Speakers + Q&A

16.05 Formal Business:

  • The Society Year in Review from The OR Society's President, John Hopes, and Board Members
  • Formal presentation of accounts and resolutions for voting
  • The OR Society Future Directions Q&A

17.15 Networking, nibbles and refreshments

18.00 Close

Location & Parking

Cardiff University School of Mathematics
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG 
Email thompsonjm1@cf.ac.uk to reserve parking.
 

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE AGM



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