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Projects, lectures & visits

The teaching team at Huddersfield are experts in their field and have a reputation for delivering great courses in this subject area.  NOVUS companies work with the university team 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 university.  It’s a great way to learn.

Guest lectures, seminars and workshops

We have an excellent programme of guest lectures with 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 gave an excellent lecture 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 from companies like Travis Perkins, Clipper and Wincanton roll up their sleeves and work with students on topical HR issues in industry-led seminars.

We even hold full day workshops hosted by companies, for example with Arla providing interactive sessions on lean problem solving and change management. 

Company Projects

Project work is a key part of our approach to learning.   Through NOVUS, companies get involved with university staff designing project assignments based on real life situations, support those projects and help to review the outputs – for example by watching student presentations.

At Cummins (the global automotive manufacturer) first year students have been working on an improvement project with Six Sigma specialists – looking at ways to improve the manufacturing process for turbochargers.  Students worked with a Cummins team using state of the art tools and techniques and then presented their findings back to colleagues and managers from Cummins.

Students have been working with PZ Cussons (an FMCG manufacturer with brands such as Carex, Original Source and Imperial Leather) 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

In addition to the Netherlands field trip, an annual fixture in the second year calendar where students visit key logistics facilities in the Netherlands such as Rotterdam port and Schipol airport, students regularly visit company sites for project work and site tours. 

Students get to see the latest technology and ideas being implemented – recently visiting brand new, state of the art facilities for both Brakes and Travis Perkins and the CEVA ‘Logistics Centre of Excellence’.

Isabella, Abby and Lauren visit the new Brakes facility at Omega Park, Warrington.

Field Trips

Every year, Logistics & Supply Chain students take part in two field trips.

The first year group take part in a team building weekend in North Yorkshire - it's a great chance to get to know everyone and try some new activities.

The second year group travel to Netherlands to visit major logistics facilities - you can see what we got up to this year in the video below: