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27th May 2014 - Press Release

Greenwich Students learn from Port Experts



This month, the Port of Dover hosted 24 students from University of Greenwich as part of an on-going and successful four-year partnership. The students, who are currently studying for an MA in Logistics Transport and Supply Chain Management Consultancy, visited the Port during the month on two occasions to work on a project which looked at Ro-Ro market conditions and scenarios at the Port of Dover.

This year’s project comes at a time when the Port of Dover has just posted its best year-end traffic figures for freight vehicles since 2009, recording an impressive rise of 13% in 2013 and carrying goods worth an estimated £89 billion worth of trade.  Demonstrating the importance of the Port to UK plc, the project is also another example of how the Port is working with young people under its Youth Engagement Scheme (YES) to increase knowledge and skills in the maritime industry.

The students, who worked in two project groups, looked at the Port of Dover’s Ro-Ro traffic and its share of the market. After identifying several themes which might impact the cross-Channel trade, the two groups fed back their assessment in a final report. 

The students were mentored by Senior Strategic Planning Analyst, Anthony Trilsbach, but also had the opportunity to meet General Manager – Strategy and Risk Management, Tim Godden, and his team which gave constructive feedback on their project assessment.

Timothy Godden, General Manager - Strategy & Risk Management, Port of Dover, said: "It was great to see the students gain an understanding of how the Port of Dover is a vital cog in the UK economy and European logistics chain. This project was all about developing their understanding and skills in maritime and logistics sectors, whilst nurturing an interest in the Port as a great place to work.   

John Whiteley, Senior Lecturer from the Business School at Greenwich University said: “Thanks to the generosity of the Port of Dover, this is another excellent opportunity for young MA students, from a range of logistics, supply-chain management, transport and management backgrounds, to come together and learn about Europe’s busiest Ro-Ro port.  The feedback from students has been excellent as they seize the opportunity to learn from experienced people in the industry”.

Issued by Port of Dover, Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editors

  • The Port of Dover has facilitated MA (Logistics and Transport) projects for Greenwich University since 2011.
  •  John Whiteley (B. Tech, MBA)  is a lecturer at Greenwich University and currently lectures on; Value Chain (marketing, operations and logistics), Managing the Business Process and Evolving Issues in Supply Chain Management, Maritime Business Environment, Economics of International Shipping and Logistics, Operations and Marketing in Shipping.
  • MA Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain Management Consultancy provides practical opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning through the development of e-logistics and supply chain management (SCM) solutions.
  • This course develops students’ abilities in several key areas, enabling them to: a) appreciate the variety of political, environmental and legal factors influencing the design and implementation of supply chain management strategies within different environments; b) apply their academic knowledge and practical skills to current SCM consultancy problems; c) become successful managers and influential leaders; and d) work effectively under pressure, either as part of a team or on own initiative, and within time constrained situations
  • This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK - CILT(UK).

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