The first batch of students have graduated from a degree course run by Morrisons and the University of Hull.

Twenty-one students graduated with a foundation degree in leadership and logistics, launched by the two parties in 2012. The students were recruited internally by Morrisons and then vetted by the university for appropriate entry qualifications.

The course was designed to connect theoretical learning with the workplace environment. As part of the programme, students tackled three business improvement projects, presenting their findings to their Morrisons management team for possible implementation.

Modules on the course included academic and management skills, HR modules and operations management as well as in-depth leadership and logistics studies.

“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,” said David Grant, professor of logistics and associate dean for business engagement at the University of Hull.

“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,” Grant added.