Q. I understand that NATCOR courses are intended primarily for UK PhD students in their first and second years. Can others attend?
A. 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.
Q. I am not doing a PhD in Operational Research at all, but feel that it would be useful career-wise to take some of the NATCOR courses. Can I attend?
A. Yes you can. EPSRC, the research council which is funding NATCOR, have particularly encouraged us to make our courses available to mathematics PhD students for such vocational reasons. The ideas and methods we discuss in our courses have extensive application in business and industry.
Q. I am taking a PhD in Operational Research but really only wish to take the courses which are close to the topic of my PhD. Is that OK?
A. 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 EPSRC-funded 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.
Q. Do I have to register for all NATCOR courses in a given year?
A. 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.
Q. Can you give me some idea of what a NATCOR course will be like?
A. 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.
Q. What will it cost?
Details of our Course Fees and Cancellation Policy are available here course fees
Q. What if I have other questions?