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Airbus is WINNER of the Rolls-Royce Academic Award of Excellence

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

On Friday 22 May 2009 – At The University of Sheffield Management School, the students of the Rolls-Royce sponsored module – Operations Management delivered their most nerve racking executive presentations in front of a judging panel from Senior Executive of Rolls-Royce, Professor Ian Shellard (Director of Global Logistics Rolls-Royce), Matthew Curren from Rolls-Royce (Senior Technologist), Professor Lenny Koh from Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Group (Director of LSCM and Module Leader) and John Wright (Senior Consultant and Tutor).

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A highly competitive one-day executive presentations representing board of Rolls-Royce, General Electric, Boeing and Airbus, culminated the challenge and excitement of the day where students were pitching their proposed 10 year plan modelling these companies in the aviation industry. The competition was very tough challenging the innovation and commercial relevance of students’ ideas. The process enables a very critical reflection and thinking in terms of understanding the nature and integration of operations and supply chain in business world especially in the highly complex aviation industry.

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Professor Ian Shellard commented: “The presentations and quality of the work were of very high standard, even higher than those of MBAs. I am very impressed of the standard and quality of the work presented. Especially knowing that these are undergraduate students at level 2, this has even impressed me more. The standard of the competition is very high this year and I am very pleased to announce the winner of this year Rolls-Royce Academic Award of Excellence goes to Airbus. Well Done, Airbus for your outstanding performance.”

Professor Lenny Koh said: “Through this long standing collaboration with Rolls-Royce, the students’ learning experience has been significantly enhanced with direct knowledge exchange between industry and academic environments. This partnership provides the best experience for everyone involved in this course and is a prime example of how The University of Sheffield Management School engages with industry. “

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Management School Contributes to University Success in Winning a Doctoral Training Centre in Energy

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The Faculty of Engineering has been successful in being awarded £6.3 million for a Doctoral Training Centre in Energy:

The Management School’s Phil Wright and Lenny Koh contributed to this successful interdisciplinary bid and the School will therefore be funded to develop and provide teaching to students to ensure a better understanding of the interplay between economics, policy and the provision of a sustainable energy supply. Of the 100 PhD students the Centre will train, some may choose to deepen their understanding of the economics of energy supply and demand by pursuing a PhD in the School.

Phil Wright answers the question: Have We Got the Energy?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

On the evening of Tuesday, April 15th, Professor Philip Wright tried to answer this question at a well-attended public lecture to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society held in the Tempest Anderson Hall in York. He was invited to address the Society as part of its series of lectures on Controversy and Risk and he demonstrated that the UK appears to have three looming energy problems: the prospect of very substantial import requirements for both oil and gas; the implications which this has for the country’s balance of payments and considerable uncertainty about the adequacy and cost of our future electricity supplies. As he also told BBC Radio York in an interview before the lecture, neither nuclear power nor generation using renewables can address the electricity problem within the next eight years. However, there is considerable scope to make the inevitable continuing dependence on fossil fuels more sustainable by tackling the demand for fuels, particularly where it has been growing most rapidly: within the home, air transport and road freight. He also pointed out that the only effective climate change policy which the country has had in recent years has not been fashioned by the government but rather by the replacement of coal and oil consumption with gas (which has lower CO2 emissions) and by the decline in manufacturing industry.

About the YPS

Yorkshire Philosophical Society was formed in 1822 to pursue the study of natural sciences. The British Association for the Advancement of Science was founded with the help of the Society and had its inaugural meeting at the Yorkshire Museum in 1831.

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