The retail leaders of the future will be heading down the aisles at Hull City Hall today (July 17) after completing a pioneering degree course offered by the University of Hull in partnership with supermarket giant Morrisons.
The 21 successful students are the first graduates of a foundation degree in leadership and logistics, launched in 2012 by the Yorkshire-based national supermarket group and the Logistics Institute at Hull University Business School.
Around 100 Morrisons staff will eventually obtain skills and knowledge in these topics through the programme, which continues until 2016. The bespoke, part-time industry foundation degree was formulated by the Logistics Institute in close consultation with the supermarket chain to provide cutting-edge training to Morrisons’ logistics division.
David Grant, who is Professor of Logistics and Associate Dean (Business Engagement), said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all the Morrisons graduates who have successfully completed the foundation degree. They have achieved very good marks and I am confident that these graduates will progress rapidly and become a real asset to the Morrisons brand in the future.”
Recruited internally by Morrisons and then vetted for appropriate entry qualifications by the University, foundation degree students are taught by leading academic staff throughout the programme, which incorporates modules covering academic and management skills, human resources modules and operations management, as well in-depth leadership and logistics studies. Upon completion of the foundation degree they are eligible to enroll on the final year of a full degree course to upgrade their qualification to a BSc.
The course, which is primarily delivered at the Hull campus and partly delivered at Morrisons’ Northampton site, is specially designed is to connect theoretical learning with the workplace environment. As part of the programme, students tackle three business improvement projects, presenting their findings to their management team for possible implementation in the workplace.
Prof Grant added: “Retail logistics, the backbone of any retail operation, is becoming increasingly sophisticated with a subsequent need for more highly qualified personnel. The course has been specifically created for Morrisons as an investment in their people and the future growth of the business.
“The emphasis on practical business improvement projects ensures the high quality learning they have received will bring about real benefits both for them individually and for the performance of the business as a whole.”