Meet our Sponsors



Datasparq is a boutique AI & data services firm that designs, builds and runs cutting-edge, ethical AI & data solutions for some of the world’s best-known companies. Thanks to their close relationships with academic institutions, they bring the frontiers of AI & data research into industry to solve big, meaningful business challenges.  


The School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments. It is home to outstanding researchers and innovative educational environment for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

In the most recent REF submission, the long-standing joint research partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University, the Maxwell Institute, was delighted to have come 3rd in the UK for Mathematical Sciences, based on the quality and breadth of our combined research. Overall, 96% of their research is recognised as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ with over 56% of research activity given the highest possible 4* rating.  

The School’s Optimisation and Operational Research research group which is part of our Data and Decisions research theme, has a particular focus on the mathematical and computing aspects of optimisation. We regularly engage with industry through activities such as OR MSc dissertation projects, UK-wide student challenges, and academic consultancy 


The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) harnesses the power of vast consumer data generated in the UK to drive academic research and address societal and economic challenges. As a leader in academic engagement between industry and the social sciences, CDRC collaborates with various consumer data providers to offer unique insights into human behaviour and enhance our understanding of contemporary society. By facilitating access to and analysis of consumer data, CDRC empowers researchers to explore and study a wide range of topics, contributing to evidence-based decision-making and fostering collaboration between academia and industry.

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Smith Institute leverages data science, innovative AI with deep mathematical understanding to fuel growth, inspire societal advancements, and safeguard our environment.  

Our experience encompasses the security, defence, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors. 

We enable accurate forecasting, optimised systems, automated decisions, and explainable, trustworthy AI solutions. Providing the confidence to act and the clarity to understand the impact.


For nearly 30 years, Simul8 has been producing simulation software so intuitive, fast and effective you’ll use it every day. Simul8 simulation software has been used by the world's leading organizations to improve processes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. A combination of powerful features, speed and ease of use has made our software the choice for new users and experts across a wide range of industries. Simul8 offers a unique, evidence-based approach to decision making - by using a virtual representation to test the impact of business changes, you can find the best approach before implementation. From strategic to operational, simple to complex, our customers have used simulation to overcome diverse business challenges, including:  

  • Determining the impact of process changes  
  • Planning and validating new processes  
  • Assessing return, before any investment  
  • Identifying problems with complex processes  
  • Understanding the effect of variability or uncertainty  
  • Building buy-in for changes  

Dstl – the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - is an executive agency of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world-class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and its allies through its operational research capability.


The School of Management at the University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading business schools. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 56% of our submissions met the 4* standard (the highest possible) with 93% of our research being assessed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This placed us 7th in the UK out of 108 submissions. We and are recognised as one of the top 20 most influential business schools in the world for ‘teaching power’ in The Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021. 

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Sirius Analysis specialises in the delivery of analysis to enable its customers to make informed investment decisions and deliver effective projects, using its core skills in Operational Research, Cost Analysis,Systems Engineering and P3M. Sirius currently provides technical expertise to projects across a wide range of Defence and Government customers including the Ministry of Defence, NATO and Dstl, the research arm of the MOD. We also have experience of working in the nuclear, defence, space, transport, energy, logistics, and environmental sectors of the UK.  Sirius is a member of several Government frameworks for the delivery of analysis and Systems Engineering, and delivers innovative solutions as an agile organisation built on the expertise of experienced practitioners. 


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The JGA Group, independent Queen's Award-winning training provider was the first to offer the systems thinking practitioner apprenticeship. The line manager of Sharon Young of Milton Keynes City Council (now in the final stages of the programme) tells us that "Sharon has learned to work differently as a result of the course and there has been a step change in Sharon’s approach to work. Sharon has more flexible thinking now." Sharon herself commented "Martin has been amazing and it's been a great opportunity.


Jumping Rivers is an analytics company based in the North East who specialise in creating bespoke solutions for modern business problems. Their team is made up of experts in data science and data engineering from many different backgrounds, and their wealth of knowledge and experience allows them to think outside the box and solve problems in new and innovative ways.

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Founded in 1834, we are one of the world’s leading organisations advocating for the importance of statistics and data. We’re a professional body for all statisticians and data analysts – wherever they may live. 

We have more than 10,000 members in the UK and across the world. As a charity, we advocate for the key role of statistics and data in society, and work to ensure that policy formulation and decision making are informed by evidence for the public good.