Successful students from Technology and Environment

23 March 2011

Students from LJMU's School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations have recently been recognised for their academic contributions and initiative.

This year’s Bibby Ship Management Prize, for the student who has achieved the best performance in his level of any Maritime programme, has been awarded to James Stephenson.

Bibby Ship Management is part of the Bibby Line Group, a company whose origins in Liverpool can be traced back to the early 19th century, and whose shipping, marine operations and logistics activities nowadays have a global presence. The annual award of the prize is a reflection of the links between Bibby’s and the LJMU Maritime and Logistics Section within the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations
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Pictured: James receiving his award from Captain Ian Mathison, Director: Marine and Safety for Bibby Ship Management at their Liverpool Offices.

Final year students on the BSc (Hons) Management, Transport and Logistics programme have recently undertaken a study into the travel habits of passengers getting to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Currently the majority of passengers arrive at and leave the airport by car or taxi, but over 15% use some form of public transport, which is considered to be a creditable performance for an airport which doesn’t have its own dedicated railway station. Plans for expansion of the airport over the next ten to twenty years, coupled with local planning requirements, mean that public transport access is becoming more important than ever.

The students undertook a survey and a series of interviews with passengers to try and understand the rationale for their transport choices and found that for many the key issue was one of information – if they knew that connections were available, particularly those via the interchange at Liverpool South Parkway, then they would give serious consideration to leaving the car or taxi behind.

On receiving the report, Robin Tudor, Head of Public Relations for Peel Airports Group commented:

"The students have really got to understand the sorts of issues we face in trying to increase levels of public transport usage and have helped to look at this with a fresh pair of eyes. The Airport Company values this research and will be using findings from their report as part of its Surface Access Strategy".
 Image of Zivile Dagilyte  with Robin Tudor
Pictured: Zivile Dagilyte handing over the report to Robin Tudor

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