Strathclyde Business School has strengthened its links with international industries by entering into an executive education and research partnership with global leading energy-services company Senergy.
Funded by Scottish Enterprise, the partnership will enhance Senergy’s commitment to people development. The initial pilot scheme is aimed at giving the Senergy employee group a deeper understanding of project management.
As well as delivering the latest project management teaching, Strathclyde academics will also work with a number of Senergy’s experts on on-going global energy projects, providing them with additional access to new and industry-relevant research as part of the mutually-beneficial partnership.
The first module of the pilot scheme focuses on Working in a Project-based Organisation, with more than 20 delegates from across a range of technical and non-technical disciplines participating from Aberdeen-headquartered Senergy.
Senergy is a rapidly-evolving company which specialises in delivering fully-integrated project and asset development services across the global energy industry with a reputation for its world-class technical expertise and innovation. Its services include wells engineering and operations, subsurface studies, field development, production optimisation, geohazard assessment, marine site surveys, rig positioning and alternative energy solutions.
Iain Morrison, Vice President for Technical Excellence at Senergy, said: “We are always looking at innovative ways to help our staff to further develop their skills and our collaboration with Strathclyde Business School demonstrates this.
“The pilot programme is aimed at helping those who are relatively new to the company or have limited experience of project management gain a greater understanding of what it is like to work in an international project-based organisation – as well as how they fit into Senergy’s big, global picture.
“This is also about continuing to develop a ‘One Senergy’ approach; a consistency of quality and delivery of excellence to our clients across the business.”
The programme is being delivered by Strathclyde Business School’s Centre for Corporate Connections, the dedicated unit which focuses on delivering bespoke executive education programmes with external private and public sector organisations. The Centre was created in 2010 to coordinate the industry and academic partnerships within the university and its alumni network to enable and deliver new, innovative research, teaching, consulting and knowledge exchange.
Dr Steve Paton, Director of the Centre for Corporate Connections, said:
“We anticipate this programme will enhance Senergy’s global-leading technical expertise , which it has consistently displayed on a number of innovative and game-changing projects, and complement it with the very latest academic thinking on global project management.
“It is also a signal of intent from Strathclyde Business School regarding our strategy to work with a wide range of organisations to deliver bespoke executive education programmes which deliver true organisational change, and therefore impact onto bottom and topline growth.
“Despite the core programme aims relating to project management, we are also addressing leadership and the management of project teams with Senergy. This is reflective of the Centre for Corporate Connections expertise in delivering both technical management content and the softer skills required to implement that knowledge as evidenced by our Emerging Leaders Programmes with other blue-chip organisations.”
Strathclyde Business School’s partnership with Senergy adds to a number of recent collaborations, including Wm Grant & Sons, Babcock and the International Leadership School with its new Executive Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership.