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Developing sophisticated analytical skills mid-career

Published: 5 March 2012

Southampton Management School graduate Roy Duffee has won a prize for his work

Southampton Management School graduate Roy Duffee has won a prize for his work analysing the workings of operating theatres at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust. His dissertation on the results of his summer placement was judged one of the best of the year by academics at the University of Southampton.

Roy enrolled in the MSc programme in Business Analytics and Management Science, after leaving NXP Semiconductors in Southampton.

“I have an engineering background but in my career I found myself increasingly using data to inform complex business decisions ,” he explains. “Thanks to my masters degree, I have now developed techniques to analyse data more effectively and acquired a range of tools that I can use in future.”

Roy’s work in Bath involved examining orthopaedic and trauma operations, both emergency and planned. He investigated how long they took, how patients were booked in for the procedures and how systems could be improved.

“Going back into education was a big change for me but the people at Southampton were friendly, I enjoyed the group work and made friends with my fellow students,” he adds.

Roy has now secured a job at Cobham, and will mainly be based in the United States. He is looking forward to using his analytical skills in the aerospace and defence industry.

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