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Project Management postgraduates win major prize through highlighting wellbeing at work

Published: 27 April 2020
Wellbeing students
Mateusz Blazewicz, Sitsofe Banini, Brandon Dyer-Pallister, Viridiana Valdez and Nikitas Ntakos

Five University of Southampton Business School MSc Project Management students have beaten teams from other leading universities in a contest to find the next generation of talented project managers.

Team members Viridiana Valdez, Sitsofe Banini, Nikitas Ntakos, Brandon Dyer-Pallister and Mateusz Blazewicz organised an event for University staff to highlight issues around wellbeing at work. Four speakers discussed different aspects of the topic, offering practical advice and relevant research results to employers and the mental health charity Solent Mind was also represented.

The postgraduates had won their way through initial heats to represent the University in the Association for Project Management (Wessex Branch) Challenge, aided by the Project Management Institute. They came first after delivering a final report and presentation online to the judges from industry.

Dr Ramesh Vahidi, MSc Programme Leader said: “The students were diligent and dedicated to implementing their project plan and dealt with several challenges throughout the process very professionally.”

Team leader Viridiana Valdez worked as a professional project manager in Mexico before enrolling at Southampton Business School. She says: “I have been delighted to lead an international team. This has enriched my previous experience and allowed me to share my knowledge with my partners and learn from them at the same time. It has been a very satisfactory experience.”

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