Online training courses


We offer a range of topics to support our members, and the wider operational research, data science and analytics community. We can help build your skills and confidence as an OR professional. 

All courses are delivered by subject matter experts, so you can immediately apply the latest best practice.

Our virtual training courses accessible from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.   

Whether you’re a new employee seeking core analytical methods, a business aiming to develop its team with project-specifiskills, or perhaps a seasoned professional looking to update your knowledge our courses are perfect for you.      

If you are interested in further information, have any requirements (e.g. an alternative course date) or have difficulty booking a course online, then please contact Jennie Phelps. Email: [email protected]

It is recommended that courses are booked online. 

Introduction to Prescriptive Analytics: Models and Applications

10 May 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This workshop will take you through essential prescriptive analytics skills, using real-world applications which demonstrate how it can be used to best effect within teams, businesses and organisations. This course will give you the start you need to use prescriptive analytics to add value to your organisation, through recommending the best solution or action among various choices.

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Version control with Git & RStudio

Session 1 - 10 May 2021 1 - 5pm and
Session 2 - 11 May 2021 1 - 5pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

The course will introduce delegates to the basics of version control with Git. We’ll teach them how to use Git both in the RStudio interface and using the Unix Shell. It assumes no prior knowledge, and by the end of the day, they will have created their first Git code repository and be ready to start working collaboratively in a more efficient manner. The workshop will consist of a mix of lectures, live coding, exercises and interactive quizzes.

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Foundations of OR: Simulation

13 May 2021 9 - 1pm and
14 May 2021 9 - 1pm
(Must attend both sessions)  

 

The purpose of this day is to develop an understanding of the role of simulation in a business environment and how it can aid decision making. Throughout the day the participants will gain an appreciation of the process of developing a simulation model, with practical exercises and group work.

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Foundations of OR: Statistical Methods in OR: Multivariate Models

Session 1 - 17 May 2021 9 - 1pm and
Session 2 - 18 May 2021 9 - 1pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

The purpose of this day is to help you develop an understanding of some common multivariate statistical techniques which can be of value to the OR practitioner. Your knowledge will grow through a combination of short introductions to the methods in question followed by hand-on sessions using an appropriate software package.

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Building and Using Living Business Models (LBMs) for Business Issues and Plans (Part 2: Powerful Extensions for Tackling Common Challenges)

Session 1 - 19 May 2021 1 - 5pm and
Session 2 - 21 May  2021 1 - 5pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

Building on Part 1: Core Skills, you will achieve a more advanced skill level, equipping you to tackle a wide range of organisational planning and issue-based challenges with System Dynamics (SD)-based modelling. This course enables OR professionals like you to capture big opportunities for extending the OR contribution into other business functions whilst demonstrating high user-friendliness and solving complex challenges quickly and easily.

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Foundations of OR: Delivering OR for Practitioners

Session 1 - 20 May 2021 9-1pm
Session 2 - 21 May 2021 9-1pm 

 

The aim of this course is to develop your professionalism and integrity by preparing you to take on more challenging roles to progress your career. You will be equipped with knowledge and skills to confidently prepare you for managerial roles and complex projects, cultivating your professional judgement as you go. The course uses practical examples throughout, enabling you to practise in a safe environment, selecting and defending your choices

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Foundations of OR: System Dynamics ONLINE

Session 1 - 25 May 2021 9 - 1pm and
Session 2 - 26 May 2021 9 - 1pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

You will become familiar with topics including system dynamics modelling process, feedback processes, causal loop diagram, group model building and much more. This course is designed to help you develop a critical and practical understanding of System Dynamics methods with a focus on qualitative and quantitative system dynamics practice. 

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The Science of Data Visualisation

25 May 2021
9 - 5pm
 

 

In our new age of data-centric activities, where data are now considered assets, but are also subject to additional scrutiny through GDPR (The General Data Protection Regulation) and the EU Directive on the Security of Networks and Information Systems (The NIS Directive), it is vital that OR practitioners are competent in reproducible and consistent data wrangling, management and visualisation and become fluent in the language of data for effective communication of complex models, ideas and solutions.

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Art of Data Visualisation Online

27 May 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This course will help you transform your interaction with decision-makers by building your fluency in the language of data for effective communication of complex models, ideas and solutions.

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Modelling and analysis using complex networks

28 May 2021
9 - 5pm

 

Networks are a ubiquitous tool in the modelling and analysis of complex phenomena. This course will cover the end-to-end process of modelling interconnected processes arising from a range of commercial domains. We will explore both foundational and more advanced analysis methods, with consideration to the practical implications of the results. The course will also delve in the mathematical underpinnings of complex network analysis, with practical demonstrations in Python and R.

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Introduction to Soft Systems Methodology

Session 1 - 2 June 2021 1-5pm and 
Session 2 - 9 June 2021 1-5pm
(Must attend all sessions) 

 

This practical course will help you to improve project performance, ensure outcomes are met and enable resources to be used efficiently, using Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), the best-known problem structuring method. You will be able use SSM for defining value, impact and project scope, as well as designing systems and planning OR interventions. The course has an emphasis on learning by doing, using real-world case materials for thinking through decisions and planning implementation.

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Data Visualisation with Tableau

15 June 2021
9 - 5pm

 

This course gets you hands-on with Tableau, a leading data visualisation product, so that you can deliver crucial insights more effectively with visual presentation of data. This will help you support organisational reporting and decision-making, and boost your own career development because data visualisation skills are highly marketable.

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Foundations of OR: OR and the OR Process ONLINE

Session 1 - 16 June 2021 9 - 1pm and
Session 2 - 18 June 2021 9 - 1pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

This single-day course will help you develop an understanding of operational research (OR) and the OR process. This methodology of OR provides the framework within which techniques and models are used to address real-world problems. As such, this day does not focus on particular techniques, tools or modelling methods, but on how OR is practiced.

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Geospatial Data Visualisation with Tableau

17 June 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This course gets you hands-on with Tableau, a leading data visualisation product, so that you can deliver crucial insights more effectively with visual presentation of data. This will help you support organisational reporting and decision-making, and boost your own career development because data visualisation skills are highly marketable.

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Foundations of O.R: Statistical Methods in OR: Forecasting Online

21 June 2021
9-5pm

 

This introductory practical course will help you get to grips with making different types of forecast, as well as practising carrying out some techniques yourself using simple statistical software. You will leave with a good overview of the various different basic forecasting methods used in predicting the uncertain nature of business trends and, as a result, you’ll be better able to help managers make better business decisions.

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Statistical Methods in OR: Forecasting with ARIMA (New for 2021) Online 

22 June 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This introductory practical course on ARIMA modelling will help you get to grips with making different types of forecast using the Box-Jenkins methodology.  You will gain hands on experience carrying out some techniques yourself using simple statistical software. You will leave with an enhanced forecasting tool kit, a good overview of ARIMA forecasting methods, their strengths and weaknesses and potential use in organisational decision making. This is an ideal follow on to Foundations of O.R: Statistical Methods in OR: Forecasting.

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Data Presentation for Analysts Online

Session 1 - 29 June 2021 9.30-12.30pm
Session 2 - 30 June 2021 9.30-12.30pm
Session 3 - 1 July 2021 9.30-12.30pm
Session 4 - 2 July 2021 9.30-12.30pm
(Must attend all sessions) 

 

This course will help make your reports and presentations clearer and more professional, improving your credibility and impact. You will be able to consider audiences more systematically, which is also a managerial skill, and your output will be more widely accessible to the rest of the organisation, meaning any proposals are more likely to be implemented.

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Reproducible Data Reports with R

Session 1 - 28 June 2021 1 - 5pm and
Session 2 - 29 June 2021 1 - 5pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

R Markdown allows users to keep their code and data integrated as they write reports. When the underlying data inevitably changes, a click of a button will update the report like magic - automatically updating plots, tables and text. This style of automated reporting makes data analysis more efficient and reproducible. Using the productive notebook interface of R markdown, we can weave together narrative text and code to produce elegantly formatted output. R Markdown supports dozens of static and dynamic output formats including HTML, PDF, MS Word, slides, dashboards, scientific articles and more.

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You too can be creative – how to build creativity into Analytics and Modelling

Session 1 - 28 June 2021 1 - 5pm and 
Session 2 - 30 June 2021 1 - 5pm
(Must attend both sessions) 

 

This workshop is a day’s deep-dive into the true nature of creativity, and how you can overcome the main barriers to creative working in your job as an analyst. This course will give you robust processes to support you when you’re required to have innovative ideas ‘on demand’, and you will have the chance to practice applying these tools and techniques that should be as much part of the OR practitioner’s tool kit as simulation and optimisation.

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Introduction to the Viability and Sustainability (V&S) Methodology

Session 1 - 01 July 2021 1 - 5pm and
Session 2 - 02 July  2021 1 - 5pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

This course will help you develop capabilities for organisational resilience and adaptation that you can apply in your workplace straight away. You will encounter the Viability and Sustainability Approach (V&S), one of the most popular soft OR approaches to managing complexity in organisations.

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How to build a creative culture in an OR/Analytics team

Session 1 - 05 July 2021 1 - 5pm and 
Session 2 - 12 July 2021 1 - 5pm
(Must attend both sessions) 

 

This training will help you build a sustainable culture of creativity across the whole team; a culture that makes it ‘safe’ to suggest ideas; a culture that can distinguish between the good ideas and the not-so-good. You and your team will be better equipped to solve difficult problems with creativity and to influence the problem-owner to act on the results.

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Foundations of OR: Statistical Methods in OR: Descriptive Statistics, Sampling and Regression

Session 1 - 06 July 2021 9 - 1pm and
Session 2 - 07 July 2021 9 - 1pm 
(Must attend both sessions


This course will help you build or refresh your statistical skills, with a particular focus on sampling and regression analysis. During the day you will work on real-world case studies where the theoretical concepts can be applied and their interpretation discussed via group work. You will leave the course with a greater understanding of what Normal Distribution is and how to apply it to “real world” situations in your workplace, such as quality control problems and sampling decisions.

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Foundations of OR: Data Envelopment Analysis

08 July 2021
9 - 5pm

 

On this course, you will discuss how data envelopment analysis (DEA) is used to assess the efficiency, performance and productivity of organisations and you will gain practical experience of solving problems with DEA models using Excel Solver. This general introduction to improving efficiency will equip you to support policy-making and decision-makers in your organisation.

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Data Mining: Techniques & Applications

09 July 2021
9 - 5pm

 

Through interactive lectures combined with practical exercises on real-life data, you will become familiar with the latest trends in data mining and data analysis. You will learn how to fully leverage your data using state-of-the-art technology and optimise business decision-making with these new skills.

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Behavioural Frameworks and Methods for Operational Research Practice 

07 September 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This workshop addresses a recent trend in the OR field related to the advancement of behavioural aspects of OR.  These developments has materialised in a SIG in the OR Society, streams in conferences, special issue in JORS and two edited books. This course is based on the books I recently edited called: Behavioural OR

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The Science of Data Visualisation

14 Septmber 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

In our new age of data-centric activities, where data are now considered assets, but are also subject to additional scrutiny through GDPR (The General Data Protection Regulation) and the EU Directive on the Security of Networks and Information Systems (The NIS Directive), it is vital that OR practitioners are competent in reproducible and consistent data wrangling, management and visualisation and become fluent in the language of data for effective communication of complex models, ideas and solutions.

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Art of Data Visualisation Online

16 September 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This course will help you transform your interaction with decision-makers by building your fluency in the language of data for effective communication of complex models, ideas and solutions.

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Developments in Credit Scoring

20 September 2021
9 - 5pm 

 

This workshop will enable you to understand what credit scoring is, how scorecards work and how to apply the credit scoring techniques, methodologies and processes in your work environment. This outcome will be built on a thorough grounding in how various aspects of credit scoring are used within a lending organisation and other sectors, such as university application processing, parole requests and others.

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Data wrangling with Python Introduction

27 September 2021
9 - 5pm


Python is a powerful tool which is increasingly the go-to language for business, and this is the user-friendly introduction you have been looking for. Up to 90% of data analysis is preparation and wrangling, and you will be able to use Python to make all this simple and fast. Python’s simple style and interpreter-based runtime makes coding safe – whatever your level of experience.

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Data Wrangling with Python Intermediate

29 September 2021
9 - 5pm


Python is a powerful tool which is increasingly the go-to language for business, and this is the user-friendly introduction you have been looking for. Up to 90% of data analysis is preparation and wrangling, and you will be able to use Python to make all this simple and fast. Python’s simple style and interpreter-based runtime makes coding safe – whatever your level of experience.

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Improving and evaluating performance with the Public Sector Scorecard Online 

Session 1 04 October 2021 9 - 1pm and 
Session 2 05 October 2021 9 - 1pm

 

The Public Sector Scorecard (PSS) is a performance management framework which enables OR to contribute more effectively to major problems facing society. It focuses on desired outcomes, the processes which achieve those outcomes, and the capability and behavioural aspects that are needed to support staff and processes in achieving the outcomes.

 The workshop will enable you to work with managers, staff and (if possible) service users to develop strategy, improve services and evaluate performance. You will also benefit from discussions on how you could make use of the Balanced Scorecard and the Public Sector Scorecard in your own projects. The workshop will be interactive, with breakout groups.

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Introduction to Soft Systems Methodology

Session 1 - 06 October 2021 1 - 5pm and
Session 2 - 13 October 2021 1 - 5pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

This practical course will help you to improve project performance, ensure outcomes are met and enable resources to be used efficiently, using Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), the best-known problem structuring method. You will be able use SSM for defining value, impact and project scope, as well as designing systems and planning OR interventions. The course has an emphasis on learning by doing, using real-world case materials for thinking through decisions and planning implementation.

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Artificial Intelligence Deployment Through Cloud Computing

Session 1 - 10 November 2021 9 - 1pm and
Session 2 - 11 November 2021 9 - 1pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

This one-day course is designed to provide participants with all the information they need to design, deploy, and manage AI models through Cloud Computing based on Machine Learning techniques. This is a hands-on, highly practical course. There is no requirement of prior knowledge of Cloud Computing or coding.

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Consumer Willingness to Pay Using Conjoint Analysis

Session 1 - 22 November 2021 9 - 1pm and
Session 2 - 23 November 2021 9 - 1pm 
(Must attend both sessions

 

Conjoint analysis has played an important role in helping make a number of operations management decisions, such as product and service design and improvement, service operations capacity, product and service price sensitivity, and supplier selection, among others. Conjoint analysis is generally used to understand and identify how consumers make trade-offs, and how they choose among competing products and services. Conjoint analysis can be used to identify consumers’ willingness to pay, which can be further used for understanding future customer demand. This is a hands-on, highly practical course.

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How to design and deliver high impact data analytics projects 

30 November 2021
9 - 5pm

 

Many commercial or public sector organisations employ data analysts and data scientists to help them solve some of the most pressing tactical or strategic business problems. However, very few of the projects that are worked on make a tangible impact. This course will prepare delegate to tackle such situations, manage and embed high quality analytics products while teaching them to provide and maintain analytics service, which will be trusted by high-level executives.

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Introduction to Cognitive Mapping Online

Session 1 - 01 December 2021 1 - 5pm and
Session 2 - 08 December 2021 1 - 5pm 
(Must attend both sessions)

 

This course enables you to map and model stakeholders’ beliefs, values and objectives in a problem so that it can be defined and then tackled to maximum effect. You will be introduced to cognitive mapping (CM) and related techniques so that you can then structure a complex problem and bring real value to organisations in need of decision support or approaches to strategic problems.

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Queries regarding training courses 


If you are interested in further information, have any requirements (e.g. an alternative course date) or have difficulty booking a course online, then please contact Jennie Phelps. Email: [email protected]

It is recommended that courses are booked online. 

 
 

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