Projects, lectures and visits
The teaching team at University of Huddersfield and Aston University are experts in their field and have a reputation for delivering great courses in this subject area. NOVUS companies work with the university teams to enrich student learning and help to apply theory to the real world. We do this by bringing industry in to the classroom and taking the class out to industry.
This happens in a variety of ways, from industry-led guest lectures, seminars and workshops, through to live company projects. There are regular site visits and students get to participate in field trips organised by the universities. It’s a great way to learn!
Guest lectures, seminars and workshops
We have an excellent programme of guest lectures, with University of Huddersfield playing host in previous years to industry leaders like a Vice-President of DHL, the Logistics Director of Dixons Carphone and the Supply Chain Director of Network Rail, sharing their knowledge and experience with students.
Tim Allinson, UK Logistics Director of Dixons Stores Group, gave an excellent lecture at University of Huddersfield on the contribution of logistics to the business strategy of his company, describing how the network has developed as e-retail takes an increased market share. He also shared his thoughts on successful leadership.
HR professionals roll up their sleeves and work with students on topical HR issues in industry-led seminars. We have even held full-day workshops hosted by companies; for example, at University of Huddersfield, Arla provided interactive sessions on lean problem solving and change management.
Project work is a key part of our approach to learning. Through NOVUS, companies get involved with University staff in designing project assignments based on real-life situations, support those projects and help to review the outputs, for example by watching student presentations.
The Cummins project has been a regular feature at University of Huddersfield, where first year students work on an improvement project with Six Sigma specialists, looking at ways to improve the manufacturing process for turbochargers. Students work with a Cummins team using state-of-the-art tools and techniques and then presented their findings back to colleagues and managers from Cummins.
Other projects include working with PZ Cussons, looking at the best location in the world to manufacture a new product to be sold globally. We even have a company-supported warehouse design project, with design specialists from big logistics companies helping design the project, presenting the brief to students and reviewing results.
Site visits and field trips
In previous years, the University of Huddersfield have run a Netherlands field trip, where students visit key logistics facilities in the Netherlands, such as Rotterdam port and Schipol airport. Closer to home, students regularly visit company sites for project work and site tours.
Students get to see the latest technology and ideas being implemented by visiting brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, such as Travis Perkins and the CEVA Logistics Centre of Excellence.
Isabella, Abby and Lauren visit the new Brakes facility at Omega Park, Warrington.
First year University of Huddersfield Logistics and Supply Chain students have traditionally taken part in a team building weekend in North Yorkshire. It's a great chance to get to know everyone and try some new activities.