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MBA students gather for presentation of BP Prize for Managing Operational Processes

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On 19th April, the full time Bath MBA cohort along with faculty and staff, gathered for the presentation of the BP Prize for Best Team in Managing Operational Processes.

The prize, which has been sponsored by BP since 2009, was awarded to the group of students with the highest marks for their team report and presentation in that module. The group shared a prize of £250.

This year, the winning team looked at the operational systems at a local bus station. The team members were Kerrie Howard, Honey Huang, Lina Jayyusi, Yosuke Mikami, Darin Nopkhun and Den Tanutantivong.

BP's Hazel Burrows and Hugh Williamson awarded the prizes to the team members.

Winning team member Kerrie Howard said:
"Our group really enjoyed this assignment in operations management. It was so engaging learning the theory in lectures on the one hand, and on the other, having a real practical case to prepare and present to a tight deadline. The combination of team collaboration and cohort competitiveness was just what I expected from the MBA and such an excellent reflection of real life".

Professor Mike Lewis, leader of the Managing Operational Processes module, said:
"Central to our operations teaching philosophy is the idea of ‘getting out there’ – seeing how ideas discussed in the class work in practice. The group assignment asks the students to identify and analyse a live service operation – sometimes on campus, sometimes in town and sometimes farther afield!

"The MBA groups are always engaged and enthusiastic about the task, but the possibility of winning the BP Prize adds another extra dimension; keeping the energy levels up on what is a very intensive course and offering extra reward for those who put the extra effort into their work."

BP is a member of the School of Management’s Corporate Partners Scheme which enables organisations to work with the School and its students in a number of ways, such as prize sponsorship.

Notes to Editors

The highly-rated Bath MBA is a post-experience degree designed for people with a minimum of three years’ relevant management work experience. It looks beyond business processes and techniques to emphasise self-awareness, intuition, cross-cultural sensitivity and entrepreneurship skills, as well as a socially responsible and ethical approach to business and management. View the MBA e-brochure.

If you are an organisation and would like to find out more about the Corporate Partner Scheme and how it might support your organisational goals, contact Stephen Rangecroft, Director of External Relations and Marketing.

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General Notes For Editors:

The University of Bath School of Management has consistently achieved both top research and teaching ratings in the UK's Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessments. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School was ranked 8th in the UK for business and management studies.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976. The School is consistently ranked among the top UK business schools by The Times, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of around 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a support team of around 70 professional staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,100 students in total comprising some 200 MBA students, 480 Master’s students, 210 full- and part-time research students, and over 1100 undergraduates following BSc degrees. The School also runs joint undergraduate programmes with Departments in the Faculties of Engineering and Design, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.