have recently enrolled onto the STOR-i program at Lancaster
University. I was first attracted to the course by the idea of this
unique balance between taught modules - where I can extend my
understanding of statistics and OR in a peer group and environment that
will be invigorating - as well as introducing me to applying some of
the knowledge I have learned to an industrial problem.
There are currently 10 students on
the course and a large feature of STOR-i involves learning to
work and gel as a group. We are actively encouraged to work together to
solve problems and help one another with concepts or areas which we
have found difficult. A prime example of this team building aspect was
the away day organised by STOR-i at the start of the academic year.
Along with the current students, 10 PhD students and many members of
the staff involved with STOR-i attended the away day which gave
everyone an opportunity to meet and get to know each other.
I had never been on anything quite like this before and particularly enjoyed axe-throwing and sheepherding. Most importantly these two days helped break down any barriers; the opportunity to see lecturers and PhD students outside of work helped with my transition from undergraduate to postgraduate.
STOR-i has exposed me to many new experiences and ideas and has gone beyond the simple formula of taught modules followed by courseworks and exams. One example would be the aforementioned away day, as well as an introductory class into website design while we developed our personal websites and group websites. This contrasting element of the course makes STOR-i very distinctive to other potentially similar programs.