A student led conference exploring the future of supply chain management was the grand finale of a week long series of events at the University of Huddersfield held to celebrate European Supply Chain Day.
Third year NOVUS students organised the conference with expert industry speakers from Arla, BiS Henderson, CEVA, Cummins, DB Cargo, PZ Cussons, XPO Logistics and Yusen Logistics discussing past and future innovation in the supply chain in a 'back to the future' themed event.
After a series of presentations the conference culminated in a lively ‘Question Time’ style panel debate featuring NOVUS Chair Andy Kaye; Phil Whiteoak, also of NOVUS; Richard Gibson of Yuson Logistics; and Tom Roberts of XPO Logistics. Students quizzed the panel over their predictions for the future of the industry. The student conference organising committee, led by Mirek Raba - currently on placement with PZ Cussons - were delighted with the event. “It was a great opportunity for us to discuss innovation and to network with industry professionals,” said Mirek.
Andy Kaye expressed his delight at the event. He said: “It was fantastic to see NOVUS students taking the lead and to see their hunger to find out about the latest thinking and to contribute their own ideas.”
The conference followed an exciting week at the University, with first year students in Belgium visiting logistics operations, a work experience fair at the Arla dairy in Leeds, a trip to the Howdens Joinery manufacturing site and mentoring visits from Smiths News, Wincanton and Morrisons.
The NOVUS scheme, featuring two industry backed supply chain degree courses that guarantee graduate employment, is designed to attract and develop the next generation of supply chain talent. “A key part of the scheme is the opportunity for tomorrow's professionals to learn from today's professionals,” explained David Leach, NOVUS Programme Director at Huddersfield. “We would like to thank all our visitors, students and staff for making our celebrations such a great success.”