Graduates challenged by Rolls-Royce Plc and CFMS to 'storify' data

Graduates challenged by Rolls-Royce Plc and CFMS to 'storify' data

Bristol, 23rd October 2017 - The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a specialist in digitally enabled high value design capability, today announced that it will be hosting a graduate competition, ‘The Data Storytelling Challenge’, on behalf of Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce works with vast amounts of data to uncover insights that improve engine performance and customers’ operations. The role data visualisation plays is hugely important in delivering clear information that can be understood and acted on.

Graduates are being challenged to create a visualisation that tells a complex data story in an engaging way. Competitors are required to produce a clear, accurate and visually interesting way of displaying output data from a simulated model.

Launched during Bristol Digital Week, the competition is open to undergraduates, post graduates or recent graduates students who can enter as an individual or as part of a team of up to 3 people. Based on a pre-determined scenario, entrants are required to submit an animated, interactive, 2-minute visualisation which presents the status, situations and results from the scenario provided, along with a presentation pack containing a description of the tools used.

Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer, CFMS, commented, “As data grows in complexity and size, the tools and methods used to visualise information assume a critical role in the business decision making process, enabling increased effectiveness and speed. With collaborative links throughout industry and academia, CFMS are delighted to host The Data Storytelling Challenge Competition on behalf of Rolls-Royce.”

The winners selected receive the opportunity to undertake a 10 week paid internship at Rolls-Royce. This will provide the opportunity to develop their winning idea further as well as working with the Digital experts, on some of the largest and most complex data sets available.

Running for 13 weeks starting on 23rd October 2017 and concluding on 26th January 2018, the competition is expected to draw interest from UK universities. Once the competition has closed, judging will take place for the shortlisted entries, and an overall winner will be announced at a celebratory ceremony, taking place at CFMS Spring 2018.

About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is proud to be a growing, independent and not-for-profit organization that specialises in digitally enabled high value design capability. We promote advanced modelling and simulation, underpinned by High Performance Computing (HPC), pushing the boundaries of technology.

Through our exceptional, collaborative, virtual and physical facilities, we enable the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for advanced modelling and simulation, while improving learning and developing awareness of state-of-the-art. Engaging with organizations large and small, we help to provide access to the right tools, resources, skills and technologies, resulting in increased productivity and faster, more informed decision-making.

As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to drive a practical revolution in engineering capability and design, working with organizations to reduce risk in the design phase, product development costs and time to market.

For further information about how CFMS can help your business, view our brochure here, visit, call 0117 906 1100 or email

About Rolls-Royce plc

1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.

2. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

3. We have three common themes across all our businesses:

  • Investing in and developing engineering excellence
  • Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes
  • Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.

4. Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £80 billion at the end of 2016.

5. In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centers, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

6. Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.

 7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programs.

The Data Storytelling Challenge – more information

With more data being produced on a daily basis than ever before, we have unprecedented opportunities to find insights that improve the way that our world class engines and power systems are manufactured, services and operated for our customers. But only if we can spot the value in the data.

The Data Storytelling Challenge tasks you with finding a new, engaging and user-friendly way to tell a complex story from a large data set. And if you win, you’ll join Rolls-Royce for an internship to turn your idea into reality. Interested? Read more here.

For further about The Data Storytelling Challenge, visit the competition portal, which can be accessed here.

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