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Call for Bids for Charitable Project
"Strategic Training Review"


The OR Society offers an annual training programme consisting of over 20 courses varying in length from 0.5 – 5 days covering a range of OR-related topics from the introductory to the advanced. The majority of courses are open to members and non-members; some courses are bespoke and delivered in-house for client organisations.

There are regular discussions about ways in which the Society’s training programmes could be improved. This inevitably leads to questions around the marketing of courses, the topics covered, electronic delivery, pricing etc. Underlying this discussion is a general sense that training could be improved for the Society, our members and non-members.

Aims of the Project

The aim of this project is to review the Society’s training offering and to make proposals for how this should evolve.  We envisage that this investigation will require:

  • To clarify current issues faced by the Society’s training programme
  • To benchmark current programme with other societies’ offerings
  • To consider how pricing models might be changed or adapted
  • To define what might constitute a ‘successful’ training programme
  • To recommend ways forward for the Society to deliver such a programme

The bid format and content

Bids should not exceed two pages and must cover:

Background: provide a summary of the applicant’s (or applicants’) current and previous research and/or practical work with focus on the work related to the purpose of the bid.

Research methods: describe the method(s) that will be used, and potentially any additional issue that you consider to be of interest to analyse.

Deliverables: which must include an open access report publishable on the Society’s website.

Management and time plan of the project: the maximum duration of the project is 1 year.

Cost of the project: a budget of £5,000 is available for delivery of the project and a further £2,000 for expenses.

How to apply

Bids should be sent to Gavin Blackett, Secretary and General Manager, Operational Research Society, Seymour House, 12 Edward Street, Birmingham B1 2RX, UK, or preferably by email to by 30 November 2015.

Assessment criteria

Submitted bids will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Quality  of the proposal, especially with respect to meeting the aims of the work.
  2. Track record of the applicant (applicants).
  3. Value for money.

Deadline for bids