President's Medal

The President’s Medal is one of The OR Society’s most prestigious awards, and we’re inviting entries for the competition.

The President’s Medal is awarded for the best practical application of OR submitted to the competition (a wide definition of OR is used). Entries are welcomed from both industry based OR workers and consultants as well as from academics. One of the main qualifications for entry is that the work has been implemented before submission. If you’re thinking of giving a case study based paper at our annual conference, why not consider aiming a bit higher and going for the President’s Medal?

Criteria for judging include:

  • The level of demonstrable benefit
  • The intellectual and novel content of the solution
  • The likely longevity of the solution
  • The excellence of the OR process
President's Medal of The OR Society

Citation for President's Medal 2021

Antuela Tako (Loughborough University)
Stewart Robinson (Loughborough University)
Anastasia Gogi (Independent)
Zoe Radnor (University of Law)  

The SIMTEGR8 project:’ Helping the Lightbulb Service Deliver improved housing support services to the Frail and Vulnerable in Leicestershire and Rutland’  

The President’s Medal has been awarded for a project that combined technical expertise and novel approaches with high levels of impact for vulnerable communities.

In a highly competitive field this project impressed the judges in several ways.

The enhancements to housing support services delivered as a result of this project significantly improved the lives of the frail and vulnerable beneficiaries at the same time as providing significant cost savings for the service provider, the local council in this case. The cost savings were highly impressive, halving the service costs per case.

The project involved combining different approaches based on soft systems and lean service improvement methodologies. It ensured that core OR techniques were at the heart of evaluation processes that brought together service providers and users (in the form of patients).

The longevity of the project was also key, from supporting the initial business case, through service optimisation to savings over several years.

It is for this combination of technical challenge, degree of innovation and scale of benefit that the judges unanimously selected this project as a worthy winner.

Left to right: Anastasia Gogi, Antuela Tako, Stewart Robinson, Zoe Radnor

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