Invitation to bid to provide OR Society Training Courses in 2020


The OR Society provides a world-class training programme in OR and related disciplines. Are you the next tutor we need to help equip OR people with the latest knowledge and skills?

The OR Society’s Training Working Group (TWG) invites you to bid to provide training courses in 2020. All offers of courses will be considered, though there is no guarantee of acceptance.

For 2020, courses in the following areas are particularly encouraged:

More generally:

  • ‘New’ areas – help us keep the OR community fresh in its thinking;
  • Practical courses relevant to the issues of the day – doing more with less, efficiencies, reducing waste and duplication;
  • Advanced courses in more traditional areas, which start from MSc level and take the subject to a specialist level; and
  • Courses given by practitioners or those with a good practical knowledge of the subject.

More specifically – such things as:

  • Courses relevant to analytics: (including such things as Web Analytics – collection and production of statistics); and courses covering Essential Aspects of Analytics and the wider Analytics Landscape;
  • Decision-making: (including such things as Decision Analysis; Decision Trees; use of models in Decision Making)
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Advanced Course on Forecasting techniques

Other courses which we know from experience are likely to do well include ‘how to do it’ courses such as ‘How to build clever models with spreadsheets’. Generic courses such as ‘Presentation Skills’ are less likely to be accepted unless they have a particular OR theme or focus. There are plenty of 'big-time' training providers who offer these generic courses at much cheaper rates than we can consider.

An information pack is available giving details of the society’s terms and conditions for course providers, including:

  • the quality framework to which all tutors are expected to adhere;
  • the details of course content, target audience etc., that tutors are required to provide;
  • the impact of the trainer’s fee on the delegate fee for the course and the likelihood of success of bids.

In the past, the society has experienced difficulty in promoting certain courses and in responding to queries about them, on account of the paucity of information supplied by course providers. Failure to provide adequate information may result in a bid being rejected.

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To request a 2020 Tutor Pack, contact Jennie Phelps via the form below.

You can also download the relevant forms from our 'Submit Training Bids' webpage.

Closing date for the receipt of bids is 26 May 2019.

Bidders will be notified of the outcome at the beginning of July.

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