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Innovation and Technology Management students visit BMW Mini Plant

MSc in Innovation and Technology Management (ITM) students visited the Mini plant in Oxford recently where they had the opportunity to learn about new product development and management at BMW. Tom Festa, Project Manager, talked about his experience of managing the development of new Mini models from an initial idea to car production. The group was hosted by Martin Baker, Talent Management Manager for Europe, who highlighted intern opportunities and graduate jobs available to our students.

The visit included a guided tour around the Mini car assembly line as well as a chance to view the welding workshop mainly operated by state of the art robots.

Steve Cayzer, Director of Studies, commented:

This was an inspiring visit to a world class company. BMW organised an excellent day for us, with an authoritative briefing from a senior designer and an in depth tour of the assembly plant. The ITM students put their learning to good use with a series of insightful questions which were answered with clarity and openness by the engineers.

Professor Andrew Graves, Director of Studies for ITM commented:

I am delighted that BMW were able to show the students around the final assembly and welding plant.  This is the final moment of truth of the innovation, product development, supply chain and manufacturing models that they study on the ITM course.  It was great to see a world class product being produced in the UK and to meet senior managers at BMW who gave excellent presentations on work opportunities and the future for British manufacturing.

Current student, Adeel Malik said:

For me it was very interesting to see the principles of Lean processing being applied in real life. It gave us a chance to evaluate and analyse the whole process.  Furthermore, it was delightful to watch the automated processes and robots being used at the facility. My favourite being the 'Jurassic Park'.

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