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Thursday, 24 May 2018
Hope Meadows

This is a formal notification that the Society’s 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

You 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 vote electronically.
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
Tom will be will be talking about one of OR's most important growth areas. 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 to reserve parking.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Hope Meadows

There will be a SWORDS visit to the British Telecom International Data Centre on Thursday the 7th of June starting at 1pm. The visit will include a tour of the Data Centre and three short presentations on Security, Online ( and Data. 

There are a limited number of places available. BT require a list of attendees in advance so to reserve your space, please email Jonathan Thompson ( Parking is available but if you wish to bring your own vehicle, please supply your registration in advance. 

The address is:

BT CARDIFF International Data Centre,

Ty Cynnal, Watkiss Way,

Cardiff, CF11 0SW


Information about the centre can be found here...


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,




Dr Jonathan Thompson

Deputy Head of School / Director of Learning and Teaching

School of Mathematics

Cardiff University


Tel: +44 2920 875524



Dr Jonathan Thompson

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Prifysgol Caerdydd


Ffôn : +44 2920 875524





Thursday, 12 Jan 2017
Julie Vile

The SWORDS Programme of Events for the Spring Semester has now been updated. For more info see the 'future events' tab on the left hand menu! In summary, the events are:

  • Tuesday February 7th: Joint talk with WORDS - Ruth Kaufman, President of the Operational Research Society will be presenting on "Diversity and identity: challenges and opportunities for UKOR." The talk will begin at 6pm, but networking time with cheese & wine is available from 5.15pm

  • Tuesday March 7th: Patrick Beullens, Southampton University – "Towards Solving Two Unsolved Problems in Logistics". This talk will commence at 6pm, after the AGM. Further details to follow.

Both events will be held at Cardiff School of Mathematics.

Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016
Julie Vile

The SWORDS Programme of Events for the Autumn Semester has now been finalised. For more info see the 'future events' tab on the left hand menu!

In summary, the events are:

  • Monday October 3rd: PhD Talks and Social
  • Tuesday November 8th: Lies, Damned Lies and Credit Derivatives
  • Wednesday December 7th: Analytics at McLaren - Driving Performance through Innovation

Friday, 13 Mar 2015
William Dowsland


Slides to the recent talk to SWORDS / WORDS  - How do you solve a problem like Analytics? - by Prof S. Robinson can be found here:

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014
William Dowsland

As you watch the World Cup remember that most of the TV cameras used by UK broadcasters are produced by Sony at Pencoed in Wales - and the production line for these was seen by members of SWORDS who visited Sony in May. As well as producing a wide range of high quality broadcast equipment the same factory is home to the production line for the low cost educational computer Raspberry Pi - and in the last two years well over 1M have been produced.The Raspberry Pi Foundation, is a charity whose aim is to "promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing." David Braben was awarded his OBE in the June Birthday Honours List.