2015 Press Releases

UCC’s industry link drives considerable savings

13 Aug 2015
Pictured (l-r): Dr David McKevitt, UCC; Dr Joan Buckley, UCC; Seán O’Dwyer, President IIPMM; Des Crowther, CEO IIPMM; and Dr Seamus O’Reilly, UCC. Image: John Sheehan Photography.

UCC’s Supply Chain Management students have delivered a benefit of €86 million to their employers since 2011.

Reducing costs and adding value for participating companies, the success of UCC’s Supply Chain Management programmes is based on the continuous improvement methodologies central to these programmes.

Dr Seamus O’Reilly, Academic Director, emphasises the value of workplace learning:  “This is the result of the programme design that blends academic and practical expertise, enhancing individual and company capability.”

Delivered on a part-time basis, these programmes are both accessible and flexible for students, with in-company projects providing an excellent opportunity for learning. The companies represent key sectors in the Irish economy, from food and drink, pharmaceuticals and medtech to IT and software.

The range of programmes offered suit participants at different stages of their careers, attracting participants from a variety of roles including supply chain, manufacturing, quality, financial, information systems, purchasing, production scheduling, inventory management, process design, customer services or related functions.

“The Diploma in Supply Chain Management provides a rigorous grounding in core supply chain management competencies and includes a Lean Green Belt in SCM, while the Masters is designed to support functional managers as they move into leadership roles focused on value creation and process improvement,” Dr O’Reilly explains.

“The programme seeks to improve procurement and supply practice capability through both personal and organisational transformation”.

In recent years, 213 lean Green Belt and 118 lean Black Belt projects have been completed within companies.

Building close links with industry is essential to the programmes. A recent joint initiative between UCC and the Irish Institute for Purchasing and Materials Management (IIPMM) further enhances collaboration with industry.

“This initiative supports an annual research programme, with a focus on Talent Management, which will inform future programme design.”

Places are still available on UCC’s part-time Supply Chain Management undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Find out more at: http://www.ucc.ie/en/scm/

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