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Talented postgraduates win recognition for solving real-world problems

Published: 10 February 2020
Prize-winners at Chilworth Manor: (L-R) J Bampton, J Quinney, P Koutoula, K Hammudeh and R Raj

Analytics masters students have been honoured for their achievements in problem solving.

They were awarded prizes at a special celebration lunch for the quality and impact of their summer projects at leading companies and organisations. They include Airbus, Babcock, Deloitte, Heathrow Airport, TSYS, Virgin Atlantic Airways and the NHS. Boeing attended the event and sponsored two prizes for the top students.

All seven of the MSc degrees offered by the University’s Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS) offer an opportunity to compete for a three-month practical assignment to solve a real-world problem.  


CORMSIS 2020 winner
(L-R) Paul Bennett, Ritesh Raj and Dr Tri-Dung Nguyen

Masters’ in Business Analytics and Management Science (BAMS) student Ritesh Raj completed his three-month project at Virgin Atlantic Airways. He developed a computer model to maximise revenue by improving flight scheduling. “It was a challenging project with many factors to consider and the stakes were high,” explains Ritesh. “Few universities offer analytics combined with management science, so I’m pleased I chose to come to Southampton to take this degree.”

Dr Christine Currie, Associate Professor of Operational Research, is Director of CORMSIS - a partnership between Southampton Business School and Mathematics. She says: “This event is a highlight of our year. Hearing how our students have used their skills and knowledge to make a difference is always inspirational. Many of their sponsor companies and academic supervisors are here today to congratulate them on this great start to their careers.”

CORMSIS welcomes approaches from companies and organisations in the UK and internationally with projects to offer talented students. They should contact Julie Hickman or Peter Becque at

Explore our CORMSIS MSc programmes online.

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