Mark-Walter Toro is awarded the Andrew Fowkes Prize


During one of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s graduation ceremonies in Swansea, Mark-Walter Toro, a BSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management graduate, was awarded the Andrew Fowkes Prize.

Mark Walter Toro

Dr Andrew Fowkes was, until his unexpected death in 2016, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering specialising in logistics.  The award that carries his name is given for the best use of statistics in an undergraduate dissertation and reflects the significance Andrew placed on appropriate and competent statistical analysis that helps to maintain the development of such an important skill set in current student research.

“Andrew Foukes lectured me during my first year at University in Statistics and it’s an honour to receive a prize that carries his name,” says the prize winner, Mark-Walter who was also celebrating achieving a first class honours degree.

Originally from Hungary, Mark wanted to find a course that interested him and offered him a future career and after much consideration, he opted to study the BSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management within UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at UWTSD but it’s also been challenging,” continues Mark-Walter.  “I came to this University with the purpose of getting the best out of myself and to push my limits and my boundaries at the same time and that’s why I’ve tried to put the extra work in – to do my best and to prepare myself for the future.  The social aspect of University life was also outstanding – making friends, meeting new people.  I’ve also been a student ambassador, participating in events and working with the team over the last few years.

“In September, I’ll be moving to Rugby as I’ve been accepted onto DHL’s graduate scheme and I’m really excited about it.”

UWTSD’s Graham Orr, Programme Director for the Logistics Portfolio at UWTSD is very proud of Mark’s achievements and is delighted that he’s been awarded this special prize.  

“Mark’s choice of subject -  a case study of border crossing delays experienced by road freight transportation between Hungary and Romania was not only an appropriate subject for a logistics degree dissertation it is also very current in the light of BREXIT,” says Graham.

“Hungary is a signatory to the open border Schengen Agreement whilst Romania is not and the through and detailed analysis which Mark carried out is very impressive.   His very well deserved First reflects not only his insight in choice of subject but also the sheer hard work gathering over 1,500 samples of border crossing waiting times across 5 months and carrying out a survey at the border crossing point using a questionnaire written in four different languages.

“Andrew Fowkes was the ‘go-to-guy’ for any member of staff and the student body seeking help in data analysis and statistics and had assisted many undergraduate, Masters and PhD students during his time in UWTSD.  I’m so pleased that Mark has been awarded the commemorative prize and wish him all the best for the future.”

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