Meet the team: Matthew Ricketts

Did you know, our Graduate Development Programme is now open for applicants? As part of our series to introduce you to the wonderful people within OS and share the diversity of our work, meet Matthew Ricketts. As a Graduate Consultant Data Scientist, here he gives us a glimpse into his graduate experience here at OS…

How long have you worked for OS?

I joined OS as part of the Graduate Programme back in September 2017. I finished this in June 2019 and since have landed a full-time position in the Consultancy & Technical Services team within our Public Sector division. Read More


Reimagining the nation’s capital

Citing his inspiration as our post that reimagined Winchester as the nation’s capital, we recently published a guest blog by John Murray. Following the episode of Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns, John replicated our technique to reimagine Chester (Britain’s most Roman town) as the capital.

Out of curiosity, we thought it could be interesting to see what other cities would look like if they were the capital. As with Winchester, many cities have backstories which historically make them viable capital candidates. We got our Graduate Consultant Data Scientist, Jacob Rainbow, involved and, as with the Winchester map, he applied the same process.

York reimagined as the capital.

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What if…you could be our next data scientist?

Our graduate recruitment scheme for 2017 launched this month and we’re looking for graduates who want to change the world. Our Consultant Data Scientists will have the chance to get stuck into what we do, right away. We think that’s more important than sitting in training courses.

You’ll get exposure to all parts of the business, working with different teams to get to know what we do, how we do it and who our customers are. We’ll get you started on the most interesting projects, and give you the space to innovate and deliver to make a real difference.

You may be surprised at the wide range of projects we’ve worked on. Take a look at these five examples to gain an insight into OS and the work we do.

1. We’re making Oculus Rift games

A split screen version of the virtual reality Ben Nevis

A split screen version of the virtual reality Ben Nevis

We created a virtual reality Ben Nevis; Britain’s highest mountain, and gamified it for Oculus Rift, and Google Cardboard. Not content with turning OS data into a Minecraft world (see more below), our OS Labs team created a virtual Ben Nevis to explore on Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. In Oculus Rift, our developers created a game where players race against the clock to find a hidden trig pillar. For those without access to Oculus Rift, our dev team built a virtual reality tour of Ben Nevis. You can try it out on iOS and Android along with Google Cardboard to experience the virtual reality 3D affect. Read More