What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management and why does it matter?
A broad definition for Logistics and Supply Chain Management would be “Management of product, finance and information flow between the supply chain network”. The supply chain network comprises of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and end-customers, so basically, it’s all about meeting demand with supply.
It matters now more than ever because businesses are going global and face increasing competition, so it has become vital to provide the best service to customers at minimum costs. Logistics and Supply chain is critical to achieving this and therefore to a business’s performance.
How does it affect everyday life?
Every product we use and service we consume is in some way associated with Logistics and Supply Chain Management. It looks at design, production, transport, storage and distribution activities which are all aspects of products and services that we experience on a day to day basis.
What are future trends in Logistics and Supply Chain Management?
Right now the field is being revolutionised by the use of disruptive innovations and brand new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, etc. These disruptive innovations are expected to have a significant influence on tomorrow’s businesses and all of our lives.
Finally, why should someone study Logistics and Supply Chain Management and why should they choose Heriot Watt University?
As I’ve said, every product and service depends on Logistics and Supply Chain in some way, and because of a current skills shortage, most of our graduates join tactical and managerial roles in Logistics and Supply chain management within 3 months of completing the MSc programme at Heriot Watt University.
Heriot-Watt has close to 20 years of experience in running our flagship programme in Logistics and Supply Chain management and it’s exclusively run by members of our world-renowned Logistics Research Centre. The studies are research-led but practice-driven and this means our students are ready for the ever-evolving needs of today’s supply chains when they graduate.
Can taking up a new activity help our thinking skills as we age?
That’s a key question for researchers interested in cognitive ageing, the field that explores how thinking skills change over the life course, and what factors might be associated with those changes.
The Ageing Lab at Heriot-Watt University’s Department of Psychology have made it their mission to find out how new activities could affect our thinking skills as we age.
As we age, we are more likely to experience changes in our thinking and memory skills (these are referred to as our mental or cognitive abilities). Some people experience declines in their thinking and memory skills across their 60s and beyond, while others maintain their abilities into old age. This variation suggests that a number of factors influence the likelihood of mental decline. Keeping engaged in intellectual, social or physical activities have all been proposed as potentially beneficial.
In our major study in The Ageing Lab, we are asking people take up new and challenging activities to see how those might have benefits for their thinking skills, as well as their health and wellbeing more broadly. We’re on target to have over 300 people in that study, and the results will be reported later this year. But there’s still time for people to take part. To find out what that might involve, here are what some of our current participants think about their experiences.
MSc International Business Management with Project Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Chinese (Hong Kong, China)
1. What drove your decision to study a Masters degree in your subject? Did you have a specific end goal in mind?
I wanted to explore something new for my further study that could be related to my previous study. I thought a masters degree in project management would advance my level of study and be beneficial to my future career. Nowadays, project management is essential to all kinds of organisations, no matter in private and business industries, or in public services. I hoped that studying in project management could enhance my understanding and upgrade my skills of project planning, execution, controlling and evaluation.
2. What was it about Heriot-Watt and your programme that made you want to study here?
The critical reason for me to choose Heriot-Watt was my programme title “International Business Management (IBM)” with a specific field of study in Project Management. The broader sense of curriculum brought me flexibility to explore other elective subjects such as Digital Marketing, HR and Finance. This curriculum enriched my Project Management learning and widened my knowledge in other subject areas. I was particularly happy to continue my learning in marketing through the elective courses in digital marketing and Marketing for SMEs. They are the practical courses which are not limited to reading and writing only, but also real project execution to produce videos and develop a start-up to raise funds for charity.
3. Can you tell us about a course or part of your degree you’ve particularly enjoyed?
I really enjoyed working with my friends as a team for most of the project assignments because International Business Management at Heriot-Watt has a great variety of students from different nationalities. We can make friends from all over the world and work together towards a common goal to finish the assignments. We exchanged ideas, learnt from each other, and shared interesting things about cultural differences. It was really a fantastic moment when we were celebrating after all the work was done. Friendship is one of the precious thing that I gained here other than anything in academic.
4. Can you tell us about a lecturer or tutor that has made a positive impact on your studies? How have you found the personal tutor system at HWU?
Professor Kate Sang is a wonderful supervisor. Whenever I ran into any questions or challenges about my dissertation, Kate was always offering a helping hand to provide irreplaceable advice and suggestions for me. She consistently guided me to the right direction while ensuring my thesis was my own work. Without her supervision and constant help, my dissertation would not have been possible. Her comments were not just valuable for my thesis, but also inspired me for my future career path.
5. Beyond your studies, how would you describe your experience of being a Masters student in Edinburgh and at Heriot-Watt?
Edinburgh is such a beautiful and peaceful city that totally differs from the hustle and bustle in Hong Kong. As an international student, I enjoyed travelling around the highlands of Scotland and Edinburgh in my free time. The natural scenes in the highlands are amazing and gorgeous. Taking part in the annual festivals in Edinburgh, like the Military Tattoo, was an unforgettable experience, to know more about Scottish culture and be immersed in such an exciting atmosphere.
6. What is your ambition for after you graduate? Do you think your Masters degree will help you achieve it?
I have not decided my future career path yet but I am sure that my Masters degree will be a meticulous preparation for any future job. I am interested in working on a range of projects, no matter in business or public services sectors. I value teamwork and look forward to working with a productive and supporting team. I believe that my master study in Project Management will definitely help me a lot and the experience of working with different people has boosted my interpersonal and communication skills.
During the Digital Marketing course in Semester 2, Carman and her classmates were set an assignment to create an authentic VLOG about their time at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. You can watch their video below.