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The University of Southampton

School of Management builds close ties with construction firm Warings

Published: 10 November 2003

Senior managers at Warings Construction Group in Portsmouth have been put through their paces by experts from the University of Southampton's School of Management.

Lecturers from the School designed a bespoke training programme to develop younger managers and help them progress on to more formal management qualifications.

The course started with a team-working programme in the New Forest alongside Directors from Warings. Students then followed a programme of basic management and learning skills, using an individual work-based project, one day a month for ten months. Finally, they presented their findings to the board, which will result in the implementation of processes to improve safety, quality and efficiency. Many of them are now expected to sign up for a postgraduate Certificate in Management, which could lead to an MBA.

Programme Manager Dr Roger Plant said: "Working with such a forward-looking company as Warings has been a delight. We have gained as much as the students from the experience of this year as we have been able to closely integrate the learning with the needs of the organisation."

Len Salter, Group Chief Executive of Warings appreciated the teambuilding event. He said : "After two days of fun, fear and finding out about ourselves, I could feel the quality, potential and power within our team."

Notes for editors

  1. The University of Southampton's School of Management has an international reputation for academic and teaching excellence, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Accounting, Banking, Corporate Risk, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Management Sciences and Risk Management. In October 2000 the national Quality Assurance Agency graded the School as 'excellent' in the assessment of its teaching quality for Higher Education.
  2. The School achieved a score of 23 out of a possible 24. Its PhD programme was awarded mode 'A' recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The School now has over 700 students representing over 50 countries enrolled on its programmes, and over 40 full-time staff to teach them.
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