2019 February Inside OR

This month, we look look back at Prof Sir Alan Wilson’s Blackett Lecture and the awards presented at the event; we look forward to this year's Beale Lecture, given by Professor Mike C Jackson FORS OBE on 'The Future of OR Is Present'; we remember the contribution to science by Mary Lucy Cartwright; and we consider the promises apprenticeships hold for the future of OR education in the UK.

Apprenticeships at Levels 7 and 8

During this last year, the Education and Research Committee (ERC) has taken forward the development of a Level 7 Apprenticeship Standard in OR and Analytics (OR&A). Apprenticeships at Level 7 are emerging as an attractive route that enable OR&A employers to leverage their apprenticeship levy payments to provide employees with MSc-level education and...

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NEC to offer pioneering Further Maths distance learning course

The National Extension College (NEC), using Mathematics in Education and Industry’s (MEI’s) integral online teaching and learning materials, has developed a pioneering and innovative Further Maths A-level distance learning course. This is a huge step forward for the many...

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Women in Science – Mary Lucy Cartwright

Dame Mary Lucy Cartwright, DBE, FRS, FRSE died on 3 April 1998 at the age of 97, leaving behind her a considerable legacy of achievements in mathematics. Born on 17 December 1900 in Northamptonshire, she became the first woman to obtain a first in mathematics from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and made many important contributions to...

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Logistics Planning for Disaster Relief

Many OR researchers know from hard experience and research that the prepositioning of strategic stocks and then supply of emergency relief after a disaster is a huge planning and operational challenge. These challenges were highlighted in a Brazilian context by the...

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Life is a Graph

Over the past eighteen months I’ve developed a fascination with graphs. Not the bar chart type, but network graphs with edges and nodes. In these sort of graphs, nodes (the blobs) represent entities – people, places, products, equipment, etc. These nodes are...

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