Buckinghamshire New University security graduate named Student of the Year at CIR Business Continuity Awards

A Buckinghamshire New University graduate in security and business continuity has been named Student of the Year at the CIR Business Continuity Awards.

Roger Payne studied for an MSc in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management, and was duly recognised at the London Marriott Hotel ceremony – where the awards were hosted – for the high quality of his dissertation.

The dissertation was an investigation into the human factors such as ‘Groupthink’, Abilene Paradox, stress, gut feel, cognitive strain and other symptoms that impact how effectively incident management teams respond during crisis periods.


Roger Payne

Motivating factor

A senior business continuity manager at RBC Capital Markets, Payne told Risk UK: “I was really surprised and overjoyed to be recognised by my peers in the industry. More important for me, however, was the fact that I decided to finally study for my MSc shortly after my father passed away. His passing acted as both a motivation and a catalyst in my life, and my MSc degree is one of the important markers of my progress.”

Speaking about his qualification at Buckinghamshire New University, Payne added: “I believe my understanding of my chosen field of expertise has grown exponentially. Despite being in the arena of business continuity management since 2004, I believe there are always ways in which to improve one’s knowledge. The MSc degree course has enabled me to begin to align previously ‘siloed’ departments and have a more risk-based approach towards organisational resilience in all of its guises.”

On his dissertation, Payne explained: “The study clearly shows that these issues are not exclusive to incident management teams, but are issues confronted by almost all teams across almost all organisations when faced with stressful situations that don’t fit into the normal understanding of business as usual.”

Fantastic achievement

Head of School and course leader Phil Wood stated: “This is a fantastic achievement by a committed and extremely capable student. Roger is a prime example of the type of people who thrive on our Organisational Resilience and postgraduate programmes. Before joining us, he was already highly proficient in his industry and his success on the MSc is both vindication of that proficiency and of the value of education in helping students towards further career goals and success.”

Wood concluded: “Roger is the latest in a series of academic award winners for dissertations in our Master’s degree. The whole team here at Buckinghamshire New University is proud of Roger and of this recognition by a demanding industry sector.”

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