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Dr James Collingwood

Former Research Student

Research overview

I am currently analysing the results of professional snooker matches to help understand variations in ability and performance between different players.


In October 2017 I took a break from my career in the Civil Service to start a PhD at Lancaster, combining two of my core interests: OR and Snooker.  I've enjoyed playing snooker for over 30 years, playing competitively at club level, and am keen to see if my OR skills can be used to inform players / coaches / broadcasters / administrators and support the development of the professional game.

I have been a member of the Government Operational Research Service (GORS) since 2003, working on a variety of projects in the Home Office, Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).  My most recent role was as a team leader producing analysis to support DWP Operations manage the delivery of Universal Credit.


MSc Operational Research, University of Southampton (2003)

BSc Mathematics & Statistics, University of Bath (2001)

Supervised By

Mike Wright & Roger Brooks, Lancaster University Management School

External Roles

Member of the OR Society

Member of the Government Operational Research Service (GORS)

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