Yes they can. We are happy to welcome third (and even fourth) year students along with students from outside the UK. We will do our best to accommodate all students who wish to participate. However, if there is pressure on numbers, we will give priority to first and second year students from the UK.
You will, of course be able to take whichever courses you choose. But please realise that much of the purpose of NATCOR (and, indeed, the other five taught course centres) is to give greater breadth to the PhD experience. OR professionals, whether in academia or not, need to have a broad knowledge and skills base and NATCOR is aiming to provide that.
No you do not. You can register for individual courses. But we hope you will take the full suite of courses, especially if your PhD is in OR, and so derive maximum benefit from the breadth of NATCOR’s provision. A reduced registration fee will be payable if you do so.
You will find descriptions of our courses on the NATCOR website. Web-based materials will be made available to you in advance of the residential course to help you get up to speed before you start. The course itself will start after lunch on Monday and will finish before lunch on Friday. Each course will be given by leading experts in the area concerned and will have a mix of lectures, practical sessions and group work. During the course, there will be one or more exercises (which could include a group project) to give you feedback on your progress.
Details of our Course Fees and Cancellation Policy are available here course fees
If you cannot find answers to your questions on the website, please feel free to contact NATCOR’s administrator (Lindsay Newby) or director (Adam Letchford).
Yes you can. We welcome students and junior researchers from a variety of fields, such as mathematics, statistics, applied probability, computer science, quantitative finance and engineering
NATCOR does not itself award ECTS credits, but your own institution may have the power to award you credits for the work that you have done. We estimate that, if a student reads all of the preliminary material as well as attending the course and doing the assessment, a week-long NATCOR course is worth five credits. It may however be that your own institution wishes you to do further work in order to be awarded those credits. If so, you are welcome to request an additional coursework exercise (see “Assessment”)
“I enjoyed the international aspect of NATCOR. It provided me with a great opportunity to interact with people outside my own department and gain insights from a large variety of OR problems.” Oliver Schaer