Professor Buchanan works jointly between the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and the Business School at Imperial College London.
Professor Buchanan's current research interest lies in addressing the underlying technical principles applying to mineral projects and demonstrating how these influence financial modelling. Particular interest is directed towards the treatment of key independent variables, such as grade and metal price, dependent variables, such as grade-tonnage relationships, and the way these influence the rate of mining, associated operating and capital costs, and the optimisation of the NPV of a project. These models are then applied to concepts of enhancing shareholder value for minerals companies and the related consideration of the role of gearing in maintaining an efficient balance sheet
He has over 40 years of experience teaching mining geology, mineral exploration and mineral project appraisal and was responsible for the MSc in Metals and Energy Finance. This is a joint degree between the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and the Business School at Imperial College. Professor Buchanan has worked as a Mining Geologist in both gold and platinum mines in South Africa and had wide experience as a consultant to industry, as an expert witness in legal cases and in designing and delivering short courses for industry.
Our Next Gen Leader programme in 2022 attracted over 100 students and graduates to the event. We targeted not universities offering mining degrees (Imperial, Camborne, Dundee) but tangential degrees (geology, business, engineering, health and safety) from the likes of Oxford, Bristol, Leicester, East Anglia, Southampton, St. Andrews and Birkbeck College.
Our mission at Resourcing Tomorrow is to show how mining is an inclusive industry which offers opportunities for everyone. What degree or qualifications you have, whatever your background is, there is a place in the mining industry for you.
This session will be followed by a Speed Connect Graduates meets Employers on the Exhibition Floor