Bronze medal success for SoPA Universities Business Challenge team

Well done to the SoPA team who achieved 2nd place in their semi-final, then 3rd place in the grand final of the IBM Universities Business Challenge on 12 March!


The SoPA team competed against over 100 student teams, mostly from business schools and universities across the UK, and consisted of the following students:

  • Yousra Ali (BSc Physics Yr3)
  • Euan Ferguson (MPhys Astrophysics Yr3)
  • Marsya Irdina Mohammad Karim (BSc Astrophysics Yr 3)
  • Euan Newlands (MPhys Astrophysics Yr4)
  • Joseph Sleiman (MPhys Computational Physics Yr4)

The IBM Universities Business Challenge offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to improve knowledge of the business world, put theory into practice and develop team-working, leadership, employability and entrepreneurial skills by participating in a team-based competitive challenge. It is designed around Learning Dynamics online business simulations as a competitive experiential learning challenge to develop employability skills required for the new virtual workplace.

The School’s Careers Consultant, Susan Bird, has recruited and supported teams from SoPA over the last few years and they have done really well, making it to the final and in the top 3 on several occasions. The teams are mentored by mentors from a range of organisations who are interested in in physics & astronomy students including Waterstons tech consultancy, DataLab and Standard Life Investments.

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Image credit: Joseph Sleiman

Image features: Joseph Sleiman, Euan Newlands, Euan Ferguson and Marsya Irdina Mohammad Karim

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