Students from the University of Sheffield took on the role of Chief Executives when they presented a 10-year plan to a panel of international experts.
As part of a Rolls-Royce sponsored module, students from the University’s School of Management, took on the role of board members for fictitious customers and competitors.
After formulating a 10 year plan, the students pitched their ideas to a panel including Dr Ian Shellard, who leads the Global Physical Logistics Function at Rolls-Royce, Murad El-Anis from the Business Development section of Rolls Royce, and Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.
The event involved a vigorous question and answer session led by the industry experts, testing the students’ learning and capability to relate theory to practice and the real commercial world. A total of 12 high quality executive presentations were delivered by the students to the panel, which were then assessed with a set of very stringent criteria.
Professor Lenny Koh said: “This has been a fantastic learning experience for the students to really get in there to understand the supply chain of Rolls-Royce. This has been achieved, not only by learning from current academic research, but also from Rolls-Royce- one of the world leaders in civil aviation.”
Dr Ian Shellard said: “The partnership with the University of Sheffield Management School has been established for many years now. Every year, the standard and quality of the work produced by the students has increased. It was very difficult to choose the Winner of the Rolls-Royce Academic of Excellence Award, but this year the prestigious Award went to one of the airframer groups. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all participants.”