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The CRR grows its industry-led dissertation projects

Published: 15 June 2023

The Centre for Risk Research (CRR) has recently offered students on its MSc Risk Management and MSc Risk & Finance programmes an increased number of opportunities to complete their dissertations with industry partners.

The partner organisations now include Deloitte, Santander Bank, Turner & Townsend, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), and High Speed 2 (HS2).

Professor Mario Brito (Head of the Department of Decision Analytics & Risk), Dr Ian Dawson (Director of the CRR) and Gemma O’Donoughue (CRR Industry Liaison Officer) recently implemented an initiative to greatly expand the number of industry-led dissertation projects offered to postgraduate students on the two risk programmes. This has resulted in a large growth in the number of industry-led projects being offered, and the intention is to continue this growth in the years ahead.

During these industry-led research projects, the students will be supported by an academic supervisor from the CRR and by a member of the partner organisation. Over a three-month period, the students will apply their specialist knowledge of risk management to tackle a pre-defined project brief developed by the industry partner. This process will enable the partner organisations to obtain innovative insights and risk management solutions that can help them to overcome pressing challenges and achieve their goals. 

Dr Ian Dawson said, “I am delighted that we can offer this increased range of industry-led projects to our students. Each project gives the student an excellent opportunity to apply their extensive knowledge of risk management, while also developing new industry insights and practice-based skills. This will greatly increase the students’ professional skills and employment prospects. Furthermore, our industry partners will be able to act upon the student’s research findings to make meaningful improvements to the way that their organisations understand and manage risk and uncertainty. I would also like to commend Gemma O’Donoughue for her excellent work in increasing the number of available projects. Her dedication and hard work have been the key ingredients for this success, and I look forward to working with both Gemma and Mario and we continue to grow the number of CRR industry-led projects in the coming years.”

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