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Recognition and awards

The esteem in which our staff are held is exemplified by the prestigious awards and prizes with which they have been honoured.

In 2023, Professor Paul Harper, Senior Lecturer Thomas Woolley, and Research Student Joshua Moore, received the The Griffiths Medal, presented by The Operational Research Society, for their exceptional work in the journal Health Systems with their paper ‘Covid-19 Transmission Modelling of Students Returning Home from University’.

In 2021, the Operational Research Group led by Paul Harper received the prestigious Lyn Thomas Impact Medal from The Operational Research Society in recognition of their pioneering work with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, using mathematical models, to streamline processes ranging from forecasting demand to scheduling operations.

Anatoly Zhigljavsky won the 2019 Constantin Carathéodory Prize for his lifetime contributions to global optimisation.

Paul Harper became, in 2019, the youngest ever recipient of the Companion of Operational Research Award, for sustained support for the development of OR and outstanding service to The OR Society and the wider OR community.

Roger Behrend, has been awarded, with co-authors Ilse Fischer and Matjaz˘ Konvalinka, the 2019 American Mathematical Society Robbins Prize for the paper Diagonally and antidiagonally symmetric alternating sign matrices of odd order (Advances in Mathematics 315, 324-365 (2017)).

Junyong Zhang was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with a 100% score and ranked top of all the mathematics applicants in 2018.

Owen Jones and Kirstin Strokorb, with co-author Marie Ekström (Cardiff Earth Sciences), won the 2018 Royal Statistical Society Mardia Workshop Prize to support their interdisciplinary work on extreme weather.