Maria Celeste Alvarez Vasquez, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Hello! My name is Maria Alvarez, and I am an international student at WMG. Being part of Warwick Uni has been a fantastic journey that has transformed many aspects of my life. Making new friends, getting used to a new life and learning from other cultures, are some of the most exciting experiences that I have had so far.
Making new friends
Coming back to University after your undergraduate programme makes you feel the magic of meeting new people again. Going to a workshop, studying on campus or joining a social activity can be chances to make new friends. After seven months of the master, my heart is full of memories, stories and unforgettable human beings.
Getting used to the new life
I feel grateful to life for such privilege of studying abroad. Settling down is a process that takes time and is quite hard. As a new student, you have to deal with lots of personal and academic challenges. However, the good news is that you can go through this and you will be delighted after getting used to your new home!
The opportunity to have meaningful conversations with people from different origins, beliefs and views of the world is an invaluable experience. The mixture of cultures, languages, customs and traditions have taught me lots of lessons about multiculturalism. Apart from that, Warwick Uni promotes respect and tolerance among students, and this environment encourages you to be just yourself!
In the UK you will find students from all over the world. Here, I have learnt the power of exchanging ideas, the treasure behind every classmate and the power of kindness and empathy. Also, my specific experience at WMG has enhanced my team work abilities. The practical approach of my department has led me to learn from my peers, give and receive constructive feedback, work collectively to get the jobs done and have fun during the process.
Studying at Warwick and having access to vibrant life and a world-class education system, is definitely the perfect mix for an international student. I'm really looking forward to having more exciting experiences in the UK and WMG!
Fun at the Boat race between Oxford and Cambridge. This event, in London, was a great opportunity to make new friends from other Universities and have a break (and to get some fresh air!) from my assignments as a Master's student at Warwick. Follow my posts about the magic of being an MSc student in the UK on Instagram #wmgmasters #warwickuni #studyinUK #wmgftmasters #wmgsma #iamchevening #mycheveningjourney
Alissa Lola Bouab, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
As Master’s students, we actually have the choice between living on-campus or off-campus. I never lived on-campus, but my friends tell me that it is great to be close to everything relating to the university (some wake up few minutes before class!), but they sometimes feel far away from everything as it requires to take a bus to reach Coventry and its train station.
Living off-campus allows you to find cheaper rent than on-campus, live in towns and cities which makes it easy to travel and socialise. However, it also means that transportation is required to reach the University of Warwick. Most students living in Coventry or Leamington Spa will simply take the bus to campus, some will use their bike (there are some great cycling routes around campus) and some will drive. Parking on-campus is extremely limited, so be prepared to wake up very early to secure a space if driving.
In my experience, living off-campus is great. I lived in both Coventry and Leamington Spa, and they each have their own pros and cons. Coventry has the advantage of being relatively cheap, with great transportation links (less than 1 hour to London on the train) and close to campus. However, the city itself isn’t very pretty.
On the other hand, Leamington Spa is a great town, with beautiful parks, delicious restaurants and everything you might need in the city centre. Rent is more expensive over here, and it is a bit further by bus to the campus. I would highly recommend Leamington Spa if you are planning to study at the University of Warwick, you will have a great experience here and there is a big student community.
If you are interested in living off-campus, just check out the Off-Campus Housing page, they will help you get your perfect place! https://warwick.ac.uk/services/accommodation/studentaccommodation/offcampus/
Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management
I recently realised that I’ve already spent more than 6 months at WMG studying for my master’s degree. With this realisation came another one: I had lived in Coventry for over 6 months and I still barely knew anywhere. The only places I have needed to go to are: Uni, my accommodation, grocery stores, drugstores (like I said, I do need to go to these places). To be fair, I can attribute this to the cold weather and how I don’t enjoy moving around in the cold, but the weather has been fairly good in recent times. So, I thought it would be nice to start checking out places around town.
One of the places I checked out is the Coventry Transport Museum in the centre of Coventry town. It is said to be home to the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world. I quite enjoyed the fact that it takes one through a journey in time and shows the evolution of vehicles through the years. It includes displays of the first-generation bicycles, cars and even sewing machines. If you like cars, you should definitely check this museum out. There are also a number of activities for children, but anybody can really partake.
I also went to a restaurant called “The Botanist” in the city centre with some of my friends. The décor in this restaurant probably explains the name. There are lots of plants, in pots hanging around the space and it provides an amazing ambience. We had a few drinks there at the end of a module and it was a really nice calming place to go after the hectic week we had. It also helped that the staff were polite and super helpful.
Another place I visited, although outside Coventry, is the Natural History Museum in London. Here, there is a display of more than 100 (gross underestimation) species of animals that have existed (some of them, now extinct). Some of the animals were built to simulate motion and I’m embarrassed to say I was a tad creeped out by some. It was a lot of fun though. It’s a place where one can easily spend an entire day because there is a lot to see.
In addition, I visited Leamington Spa with some of my friends and I was incredibly glad I went because it is such a beautiful, calm town. Many students from University of Warwick actually live in Leamington Spa but I live in Coventry and I hadn’t visited before then. I was genuinely impressed by how pretty most of the town was. Birmingham is also very close by and I have visited a number of times. It is a little like the livelier, always on-the-move sibling of Coventry.
I have plans to find new places to visit and let you know how that goes soon; as soon as I finish all the work I’ve got at hand.
Thank you for reading this. Talk to you soon!
P.S: Photographs were taken by my friends Michelle and Michelle.
Edna Simbine Matsinhe, MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management
All the modules I have had so far have always a practical component, which means that we have the opportunity to apply everything we have learned using information systems or models and frameworks that are used by professionals in the area to overcome current challenges.
Specifically speaking the 'Transport Techniques and Management' module we use from software, manual calculations as well as games to overcome challenges that transport companies face. I will now give as an example the planning system that we use during module to manage the transport fleet and also a game called business on the move transport game.
Transport planning and routing software
It is less complex to plan the resources and transportation route to be used when it comes to transporting a single product type to a single point of destination, but nowadays companies face much more complex issues. In an unpredictable world in which things are in constant change, it is more complex for transport companies to plan their resources as well as decide on the route, as they have to respond to the transport of different types of products with different destination, either within the same country or to another country. The plan has to be done in a way that responds to customers' requirements. So, we had the opportunity to use a software that firstly it optimized the planning time and secondly, we could change the data in order to find the most cost-efficient way to do the transport. By using the software, we practice how to plan the transport route, from considering resources such as number of drivers required, to even decide on the most convenient area to locate a warehouse. It was wonderful to see a job that would take hours or even days to be done, being done in minutes.
Business on the move transport game
The business on the move transport game is a board game that create awareness on players on how a business transport company is managed. By playing this game we had to make decisions on how to transport the goods from one country to another from the time an order is received. It was fun to play the game but also very challenging as we actually had to make decision as normal transport business. Among the decisions were the mode of transport to be used, the decision to collaborate or not with other transport company, pay or not insurance and other contemporary decisions among transport division. It was a really fun way to learn.
I hope you enjoy this module as much as I did :) Check out my photos below.
Alissa Lola Bouab, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Looking back at 2018, many things happened. Of course there were ups and downs, but overall we can all be proud of personal achievements, big or small; noticeable to others or not.
Personally, 2018 was the year I finally finished my bachelors degree; did a big trip that involved camping in the wilderness in Canada; attended summer school in Denmark (because why not study a bit more?) and got accepted to study at WMG for a masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a scholarship!
Looking back, it was also a tough year as I studied more than ever and had to push aside personal projects.
Here is the thing with studying, you have to enjoy it! But you also have to balance it out with personal projects so that your life is as fun and exciting as it can be. Be it a part-time job, a travelling addiction, or even a hobby; I learnt this year that it is important to work on different things at the same time. And studying a masters degree can be combined with those personal projects as most work is done remotely, in the comfort of your own home, whilst travelling or at the times that suit you best. Admittedly, this style of working requires a lot of self-discipline, but once you get the hang of it, you are able to do so much more by working on your personal development and your studies simultaneously. This is something that is often not possible whilst working full-time so I intend to make the most of it during the rest of my studies in 2019 by balancing my studies with more personal projects such as learning a new language, going travelling whilst studying and working part-time. These activities will bring a new dimension to my year of studying, giving me the ability to gain new experiences. I was actually writing this post whilst travelling through France, balancing a hobby of mine and my studies through the ability to work remotely.
What about you, what did you learn in 2018? And what do you intend to put in place in 2019 to make it an even better year?
Happy New Year, everyone. Take time to reflect and try new things in the new year!
Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management
Hello and Happy New Year! I wrote this blog post before the Christmas break, and wanted to share the run up to Christmas with you...
Over here in MSc life, I had lots of to do in the run up to Christmas, including Post Module Assessments (PMAs), as well as my project research work. It seems that the work really begins to pick up towards the end of the year. On the bright side, even though the work is becoming more tasking, WMG definitely does a lot to take the stress off. There have been a series of events organized by the department to hep students wind down and relieve some of the stress going on around this time. I did not attend all of them, but I did attend some.
For starters, there was a dinner organized for scholarship winners. The dinner was a celebratory dinner for all students in the department who are studying on a scholarship. I am a WMG scholarship recipient. Many other people in attendance also received the same scholarship. Apart from the WMG scholarship, there were recipients of many other scholarships including Chevening, Commonwealth, Women in Engineering and many others in attendance. Although this happened last month, it was a nice opportunity to relax and meet new people from the department. Also, the food was amazing. The event was organised by the WMG recruitment team and it was definitely a blast. If you’re planning to join WMG in the next session, please make sure to check out some of the scholarship options.
Another event I attended was a Research Methods movie night. This event was not specifically organized for the Christmas period. It happens every month but this was my first time attending. We saw “The Post”, which is a really good movie. I enjoy every chance I get to watch women grow into confident, decision-making bosses. At the end of the movie, Dr Schrock pointed out to us, some of the things we might have missed in the body language of the actors. I really liked this event and might attend the next one.
There was also a disco roller party that I attended. I’ll start off by saying I have never skated in my entire life so this was a new one. I fell once I attempted to stand up while wearing the shoes. I didn’t do much better after that but it was definitely fun to try something new. The most recent event, and I think the last one was the Christmas party. There were two Christmas parties so that as many students as possible got to attend. I attended the second one and I had a lot of fun. Overall, while it has been a pretty busy period for me, I am thankful that I’ve also had some fun while working. Merry Christmas everyone! Have an amazing holiday!
Chengyun Li, MSc Programme and Project Management
This afternoon, I just finished the module International Joint Venture (IJV). Upon reflection, like other attended modules OPP (Organization, People and Performance) and SCM (Supply Chain Management), the course IJV is informative and inspirational. Surprisingly, I found those modules are interlinked. In a context of IJV, resources are managed in a worldwide range which will demand efficient supply chain to realize an agile or lean performance. Internally, organizational structure, diversity, and performance should be optimized, to realise the company’s business strategies. During the IJV simulation exercise, knowledge and skills I learned from SCM and OPP spontaneously came to my mind. It indicates WMG’s devotion to make a comprehensive and systematic coverage of main subjects.
Simulation exercises and syndicated activities are engaging, practical and thought-provoking, which put you in real business circumstances and you are motivated to figure out reasonable solutions. You may be challenged many times, but from those difficulties you will learn what the practical case in reality is. At the end of each course, a course review is conducted to conclude what you have learned during the week and requirements of PMA (Post Module Assignment) is briefed. PMA acts not only as a measurement of what you have learned during the course, but also a catalyst of critically thinking of knowledge you acquired.
Christmas is around the corner. When you are struggling with your PMA, why not relax by experiencing local fantastic Christmas countdown activities. I went to Leamington spa for its countdown celebration with my friends a few days ago. There is a fantastic market along the street. Vendors from neighbouring towns are selling their self-made products like cakes, wines and decorations. On a chilly afternoon, nothing is more comforting than having a cup of warm, locally-made, seasonal mulled gin. After dinner, we stayed in a local cosy bar and had some drinks for a couple of hours.
Have you got any plan for Christmas holiday? Or maybe you are busy applying to a WMG course? I have got the Schengen visa and planned to visit Paris and Nice with some friends. During your study in UK, please also enjoy your time. It’s quite convenient to travel around UK and Europe. As the Chinese saying goes: “It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books”.
|Leamington Spa's Christmas market||Rainbow across WMG's IMC building|
Edna Simbine Matsinhe, MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management
I cannot believe that it's been over 2 months since I joined this adventure of moving to another country in another continent to continue my studies.
My name is Edna from Mozambique and I'm doing a Msc in Supply Chain and Logistics Management (SCLM). I am here to share with you my experience of living in UK and studying at The University of Warwick. It was a difficult decision to move, leaving behind my husband and little boy back home to continue my higher education, but it was one of my best decisions, as my expectations were met.
I arrived on time to participate on the welcome week activities and I felt very welcomed. From the time I landed to the time I figured out my accommodation, people were always willing to help. As I settled in, I was eager to go to central campus and see what Warwick has to offer. And let me tell you the campus is HUGE. But don’t worry, as during the welcome week we find many well identified people to assist us.
There are many activities during the welcome week like: campus tours, getting to know the different societies, indulging and trying out new lip smacking food from semesters first ‘food festival’, I really advise you to actively participate during the welcome week as this is the time when you make new friends.
The First Module
As the welcome week comes to an end, we have to roll up our sleeves to involve in the first module. The module was driven in one intensive week, from 09:00-6.30, and yes it looks like office schedule.
My first module was Warehouse and Storage Techniques, and it made me realize that I really made a good choice in coming to study SCLM at the University of Warwick. We had the opportunity to receive different professionals from the area that explained to us the daily challenges they face and where the future is leading us. The industrial visit was very important to balance everything that we learned during the module with the practice. We visited the National Distribution Centre of British Gas, and it is as big as 3 football pitches. So, imagine just looking closely at the technology involved and the professionals who on a daily basis must ensure that their customers' orders are met. The tip I give is that you make use of the professional that will be speaking during the module asking as many questions as you want.
Grocery Shopping & Social life
For those who have the opportunity to live on campus (like me) will have the option to do grocery shopping from Cannon Park (15 minutes’ walk from central campus) or Rootes located in central campus. But you can always take a bus to Coventry City Centre or Leamington Spa for leisure shopping. When living with people from different countries, you experience their culture as well as their mouth-watering cuisines.
|WMG Industrial visit||Industry in action|