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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.

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Moving to UK was one of my best decisions

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.

Arrival

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.

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WMG Industrial visit Industry in action

My academic life in the UK

By: Zhandos Mussabekov, MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Today's thoughts outloud about my academic life in the UK.

Studying at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is a great challenge as you have to be a very disciplined and concerned student to make the most of everything that it offers to us. I really like that about studying here - it means that anyone can find and learn a lot of beneficial insight to build better skills for their future. For example, WMG holds many extracirruclar activities, events and workshops and seminars outside of the modules which are great to get involved in. After attending workshops and seminars you will get even more motivated as you always meet professionals who are one step ahead with the current trends in life. The similiar experience is about industrial visits where you see real-time jobs done. As for activities and events, you become more sociable and it's about networking and building connections - which is a fantastic oportunity for us as students.

WMG aims for a very modern and exceptional approach in the education sphere, which makes it unique. The University of Warwick is amongst the top 10 UK universities, and within the top 100 in the world. For a relatively young university, I see that as a fantastic achievement.

Moreover, there are lots of clubs and communities you can join; the sports centre, language centre and many other opportunities that you can make the most of. I am really happy I made the choice to study here, as I feel that the university takes care of its students. Recently, together with my family, we went to the WMG Master's Open Day as my wife is also thinking about studying for her Master's here! She was excited about the prospect of studying here next year!

Some photos below of WMG life include: WMG afternoon tea event; a photo with friends from my course; and a picture of my friends from the Warwick Kazakh society.

I am from Kazakhstan and I a member of the Kazakh society at Warwick, which is a very friendly society that organises meet and many get-togethers throughout the year. Whatever your interests, there are lots of brilliant societies to join at Warwick.

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Tue 15 May 2018, 11:28 | Tags: Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Inspirational alumni talk

By: Manuela Rodríguez Melgar, Jiangling Zheng, Alejandro Fraga Eraso and Kingsley Chong

Alumni talk video

As Master’s students, it concerns us what is coming next after graduating. Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a special and inspirational lecture and networking session to learn first hand what can we expect as WMG students in the future.

We created the above video at the networking sessions so that you can hear from WMG alumni yourself, but also below are some key notes from the talk.

  • Raja Adeel Khalid, Senior Operations Manager at Amazon from the 2001-02 e-Business Management cohort, share that success is not a door that needs to be unlocked, but it is the result of thinking big, pushing ourselves out of the comfort zone and being able to take decisions when required. Contrary to what we constantly hear, he suggested us to know what we do not want because according to his journey from Toyota to Amazon in his 15 years of working experience, this is what keeps us far from making the wrong decisions.
  • In line with Raja, Christina Liaskou, Global Product Line Manager at Delphi from the Engineering Business Management 2013-14 cohort, suggested that WMG equip her with many tools that are crucial to face the challenges of the working environment, such as understanding the importance of collaboration and time management, as well as being part of a multicultural team. She added that the skills developed at WMG allowed her to be more competitive and Warwick’s prestige boosted her profile.
  • Regarding job applications, Guvanch Meredov, Tech Product and Digital Marketing Consultant at Google, encouraged us to apply to companies that we might think are “out of our league”, regardless of our nationality. He confessed that as a non European, he felt intimidated but his experiences proves that it is possible for international students to hold a position in leading companies in the UK. But that does not mean it is easy, he added that he got many rejections before Google’s offer and therefore, it is important to avoid giving up, work hard, but also, have fun while doing so.

We really enjoyed this event and felt very inspired from the life lessons we heard!