"The STOR-i programme is an excellent opportunity as it allows you to develop far more than academic skills. I have recently completed the MRes year and found it both challenging and extremely rewarding. The MRes year has not only built upon my knowledge and understanding of statistics and operational research, but it has also allowed me to explore my own research interests. In my opinion, the most valuable part of the MRes year was the additional training and experience in a range of different areas such as programming, presenting, website development and blogging. The engagement with industry is especially rewarding since it allows you to see the impact that STOR has in the “real world”. Finally, one of my favourite things about STOR-i is the community. Whether you’re exchanging ideas at the STOR-i forums or participating in the STOR-i Bake Off, you feel like you’re part of something special and exciting."