A business plan put together by Commonwealth Split-site Scholar Shams Usmani (PhD Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University and Lancaster University, 2009) has been shortlisted for the finals of the Rice Business Plan Competition.

The business plan, regarding a modified industrial wastewater treatment bioreactor, was written by Shams and fellow students in management studies at Lancaster, including a Chevening Scholar whom Shams met at a welcome reception in Manchester last year.

The Rice Business Plan Competition is one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world, and attracts applications from leading business schools internationally.