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O.R. in Schools – Volunteers


We have three key groups of people involved in OR in Schools – volunteers (that’s hopefully you!), teachers and students. Simply download the ORIS Volunteer Sign Up Form (above) and we’ll register you on the database, send you our volunteering handbook and email you our monthly volunteering newsletter.

What would a visit involve?

A visit may involve delivering a short presentation and career talks to students about what O.R. is and how it can be used. Alternatively, you may choose to accompany The OR Society when attending Careers Fairs to speak to students about your career, how you got there, and what maths you use.  

Other popular requests involve one or more O.R. professionals delivering an interactive workshop with teacher support.  This allows young people to actively engage with O.R. techniques and to better understand where and why they might be used.  The interactive workshops we run are highly engaging, highly interactive and lots of fun. They’re very popular with schools and colleges as they promote the importance of maths in the real world, as well as using real life O.R. techniques. 

What about the resources?

We’ll provide you with all the resources you need to attend a careers fair, school visit or university talk. If you’re attending a careers fair to promote O.R. we can provide you with pens, keyrings, DVDs and flyers for you to hand out (we find freebies always go down well with students!). We also have banners and promotional material to ensure everyone knows you’re representing The OR Society. If you’re visiting a school and running a workshop, again we will provide you with all the equipment you need including Lego bricks, worksheets and everything else. (The resources that have been developed for the workshops are all based on real projects and have been adapted to make the suitable for school use. They are tried and tested and are “off-the-shelf” resources, meaning there’s minimal prep involved).

Time Commitment

The OR Society understands that your time is valuable and as such, we only require you to volunteer once per year. Of course, you are welcome to volunteer more frequently than this and we find that most volunteers love attending events and find it very beneficial to their development so get involved with events every couple of months.  


We offer regular face to face training up and down the country, where you have the opportunity to meet other volunteers, learn the materials in a fun and friendly environment and get a brief overview of what we’re all about. We promise it will be lots of fun, and will equip you with the skills you need to run these workshops.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

25th October – South Wales (More Information)
2nd November – Brighton (More Information)

The OR Society would like all volunteers to feel confident in delivering high quality, informative O.R. sessions in schools.  If you need any further help along the way, please let us know.


“What I loved was the friendliness of staff and fellow stall owners at the venue, as well as the politeness and enthusiasm of the students" - Liverpool Hope University

“It was well co-ordinated” - UKMT Circles

“The teacher and student were really committed , interested and engaged. In the second session we even talked about shortest path, travelling salesman problem, simulation, queuing theory and dynamic programming!” – UTC Warrington

Here is some feedback from previous school visits:

Naomi Crouch from British Airways spoke at the OR54 annual conference about the outreach work they do at BA and provides some useful tips when going into schools.