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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

Motivation and deadlines

Alissa Lola Bouab, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Meeting deadlines

As you can expect, a masters degree is packed full of deadlines. We deal with Post-Module Assignments (PMAs) to submit shortly after a module week, and other mini deadlines in our day-to-day lives such as presentations during our modules. However, we also have deadlines in the longer term, particularly the one for our dissertation, for which we are given roughly 11 months from start to finish.

Short-term deadlines

Our deadlines for our PMAs are relatively short: we have 4 weeks after the end of our module to submit an academic piece of work. My best advice for these is to start early to get it done as soon as possible. Prioritising your work will allow you to produce your best work in time. And honestly, I would much rather finish one week before the deadline than trying to write several thousand words the night before submission.

Long-term deadline

This one mainly involves the dissertation submission. It just is not possible to leave it to the last minute (or day), as the work is both lengthy and requires depth and analysis. I find the best way to do this is to work regurlarly, therefore achieving a high-quality piece of work at the end by using small efforts over a long period. A tip would be to break down the project into different smaller parts which can be achieved independently. When done, you just have to compile everything together and the task seems much less daunting.

It is all about motivation

I can’t say it enough: a little work is better than no work. It is not about being highly motivated every single day, but about progress. And because we write so much, we might have a ‘writer’s block’. To overcome this, I forget about my inner perfectionist and write something; anything that will fill the blank page.

Also, writing a plan (and sticking to it) is great as you can organise your time better and actually plan some free-time to go out or just do nothing at home (yay!).

Finally, as we really work from home a lot of the times, going out for a walk to avoid cabin fever or even studying out of the house, such as at the university can be great ways to switch things up and feel refreshed. The university has a lot of study spaces, on campus and off-campus such as in Leamington Spa.

That’s all for me today, good luck with any deadlines you may have!

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Warwick campus


The start of my WMG journey

Chengyun Li, MSc Programme and Project Management

Five months ago, when I was transferred from Africa back to my home in Beijing, none of my friends or family would have believed that I would go abroad again to further my study in project management. Interested in project management and passionate to be professional, I have embarked on the journey towards my goals and dreams.

The last month passed in WMG has proved to be delightful. During the welcome week, a series of lectures organized by WMG gave us a panoramic view of study and life in University of Warwick. Critical concerns like PMA writing or project selection and preparation or student careers and skills were all very well addressed. My first course Project Planning Management and Control was well organized, quite intensive and challenging but closely practical related and informative. Project simulation exercise put us in a real project management situation and ambushed us with various challenging problems and issues. Lectures given by monitors or guest speakers were always engaging and thought-provoking. Besides the formal course, there are a number of workshops, lectures, activities you can choose to attend. Within last month, I attended 13 lectures or workshops, 2 career fairs and 1 industrial visit. There are always lectures or workshops or seminars interest you and fit you.

Now we have already started the project selection and preparation. I am lucky to be one student supervised by Richard Watson. I was impressed by his saying “the real prize is that you should have learnt how to 'critically learn'. This is a rare gift to achieve ….it never wears out or dates. Critical thinking makes us different. It doesn’t matter whether you are right or wrong. It always worth trying to convey your ideas and make your voice heard. There is big emphasis on critical thinking at WMG, which is great!

Life here is also enjoyable. To be honest, I am not so keen on English style food, neither are my flatmates. However, kitchen time becomes happy hours for us buddies living in flat 43 - where we get the chance to bond. We also visited Warwick Castle and Leamington spa together, experiencing the local culture. Autumn has arrived in the UK and it is beautiful! We like to watch the falling leaves which are yellow or red in colour.

I am proud of becoming an ambassador of WMG. When I was a postgraduate during my study in Renmin University of China, I was impressed by the teaching pattern and style of our applied linguistic course teacher professor Xiaoli Jiang who completed Master and PhD study in University of Warwick. Though not assuming the role of “ambassador”, she inspired us with her own example. Hopefully, my experience can have a positive influence on you.

Here are a couple of photos from my first few week at Warwick. Showcasing friendship and adventure!

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Kitchen time with my flatmates The view from Warwick Castle

Starting life at Warwick

Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

I remember stepping out of an Uber (because I couldn’t find the bus stop!) on University of Warwick grounds for the first time on the 24th of September 2018. I was a little confused about where to head towards. I knew I was going to the Rootes building for my compulsory immigration check, but I couldn’t quite find it (I’m generally not great at finding new places). The map wasn’t being very helpful either and I could feel my eyes starting to redden and tear up from the cold wind.

I decided to ask someone and she gladly pointed the building out to me (it was right across where I had been standing for 5 minutes!). Immigration check was quick, so I decided to get a Campus Tour, which was part of the Welcome Week program because I clearly needed it. I found this quite helpful as it gave me a general idea where most buildings are located. It however takes going around by yourself to know everywhere. I also couldn’t help but wonder how my guide was wearing only a T-shirt in the “freezing weather’’, apparently 15C isn’t terribly cold for UK residents!

I found Welcome Week very useful as it gave me a chance to get a feel of the University grounds. The WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) Departmental programs were particularly great because it helped me get a clear vision of what the year ahead would involve and how to get ahead with ease. One of the most amazing things I noticed is how truly multicultural and diverse WMG and the University are. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people from very many different places in one place. It helped me feel better to know that I wasn’t the only one getting accustomed to a new environment.

In the coming weeks, I came to enjoy how truly amazing the University of Warwick and the WMG, are. I found that everyone was willing to help with any problems we might have. During the welcome Week it was made clear to us that we could contact them if we had any problems. We were also assigned personal tutors who emphasized that they are available to help if any problems arose.

I can hardly believe it’s been only a little over a month here at Warwick and I am happy to report that I now know where the closest bus stops to my accommodation are and that I don’t get lost as often. Also, my eyes no longer redden and this is 40 weather I’m speaking of. These are definite signs that I’m beginning to feel at home. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.