Achievements of events, tourism and hospitality course graduates at Leeds Beckett University will be recognised at the first Alumni Awards this month.

The Awards will form a key part of the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality’s Big Alumni Gathering at International Confex. The event takes place between 3.30pm and 5pm on Wednesday 18 February on the Gallery Balcony at Olympia.

Speaking about the awards, James Musgrave, Senior Lecturer at the UK Centre for Events Management, said: “This is a great opportunity for the achievements of our alumni to be celebrated; it’s great for those enrolled on the course to see what can be achieved and we are pleased to have graduates now at all levels including top levels of industry.”

Highlighting the scope of achievement, six different awards will be presented to alumni including Inspirational Graduate, Inspiring Mentor, Positive Impact, Innovative Project, Highest Industry Climber and Successful Graduate Entrepreneur. The winners will be selected by a diverse academic and industry panel.

Glenn Bowdin, a member of the judging panel, added: “Those that have been nominated are truly outstanding examples of where a degree can take you with dedication and hard work and will inspire both current students and will be of interest to those in industry”.

Jackie Mulligan, Director of Enterprise for the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, said: “The event also offers an opportunity for businesses that support us and those attending Confex to meet and network with some of our very talented graduates and team.”

As part of Confex and the Event Production Show, attendees at the Big Alumni gathering will also be able to gain access to hundreds of exhibitors and industry experts.

The Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 February.

The School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality (School of ETH) at Leeds Beckett University has been recognised as a centre of excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) and the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO). 

The UK Centre for Events Management is the longest-established and largest centre dedicated to events management education and research in the World. Based at Leeds Beckett University, the Centre has been established since 1996 and now prides itself on having an inspiring number of graduates working at all levels and across the globe in events, festivals and exhibitions. 

Experts from the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University will be sharing their knowledge and leading-edge educational insights at two of the events management industry’s leading trade shows.


The psychology of event design, safety and risk panels, negotiation and future thinking tours will all be on the agenda at Olympia on 18 February at Confex and on 19 February at the Event Production Show.


Senior Lecturer, Michelle Lanham, will be at the Marketing and Communications area of Confex 2015 sharing insights and practical tips on the Psychology of Great Event Design.  The 30 minute session at 3pm on Thursday 19 Feb will look at how colour, light, sound, smell and taste impact the experience, hearts and minds of attendees.  More creative thinking will be taking place on the move, with Jackie Mulligan’s Imagineering tours. Jackie, a keen trends researcher, will be using future predictions to inspire future thinking in her unique interactive workshop on the move. Tour departures are at 11am and 2pm on both the 18 and 19 February from the UKCEM Stand CJ66.


Jackie Mulligan, Director of Enterprise for the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, said: “It is very exciting to be working with Confex once again to bring new insights, professional education and discussions to the show. The Certified Meeting Professional campfires in particular on the show floor with MPI are a significant addition to our programme.”


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will be holding four Certified Meeting Professional Campfires, each led by Leeds Beckett’s events lecturers Jackie Mulligan and Eliza Hixson at 12pm and 1pm on Wednesday and Thursday at Confex stand CC21. The sessions are entitled ‘Event Design – future focused tips for designing future ready events’, ‘Risky business – approaches to use for risky situations’, ‘Communicating with partners, clients and sponsors – models to help you manage them and putting feel good into events’ and ‘Sustainable event design with best practice ideas for right now’. 

Simon Bell, course leader for Major and Cultural Events, will also be chairing a panel Safety geeks and event nerds at 12:15pm on February 18 at the Lineout theatre at the co-located Event Production Show.  Event planners will be invited to bring questions, conundrums, trials and tribulations to the Lineout Theatre in a unique event safety surgery with leading industry panellists.

Leeds Beckett University is celebrating its growing reputation for research following its best ever assessment results from the UK wide Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF is an assessment of university research activity which is used to determine funding in coming years for universities across the country in a range of subject areas.

In terms of the ‘research power’ calculation applied in the previous assessment in 2008, which accounts for both the quality and the quantity of research, Leeds Beckett came second in the country for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism – up from third in 2008 -  with 59% of the research submitted being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. It also came in the top ten in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit. The University’s results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit – which it entered for the first time - were also noteworthy, with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

The University demonstrated strength in four additional emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy; Computer Science; and Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Twice as many Leeds Beckett staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008. Leeds Beckett entered an increased number of units this year, up from 11% in 2008 to 33% in 2014.

Professor Andrew Slade, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Enterprise, said: “Our excellent results are testament to the strategy we adopted at our University to cluster our research activity around very specific areas of strength. We established four research institutes in just four years”.

“I am delighted to see improvements in quality in all areas compared to the previous research assessment in 2008. We also have a number of emerging areas of research with a strong base on which to build, with some really encouraging results in five new units which we entered this time. The results show that we are absolutely committed to having world leading, practical research, which underpins our teaching and delivery of our courses and this in turn provides an inspirational and dynamic environment in which our students can thrive.”



Talented Leeds Beckett University Events Management students got first-hand industry experience, when they supported the Yorkshire Business Awards’ annual charity lunch.

The event, which was held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on the afternoon of Friday 12 December, saw more than 400 professionals from the region’s business community attend, alongside talk host legend Sir Michael Parkinson and Educating Yorkshire’s Johnny Mitchell. The event sponsors Variety Yorkshire, the children’s charity.

Volunteering alongside the charity staff and Leeds Beckett’s UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) Event Support Service team, the first year undergraduates performed roles including guest attendee and VIP liaison.

Event Support Service Coordinator Emma Heslington, commented: “We really enjoyed working with the Variety Yorkshire staff at the Awards. It was a great experience for our Events Management student volunteers to work on such a prestigious event. They were motivated and professional on site which was fantastic to see.”

The students involved were; Lauren McCully, Disha Manoj Kotwani, Anna Green, Claire Williamson, Kirstie Keen, Michelle Williamson, Naomi Pollitt, Grace Downes, Sophie Gill, Poppy Price, Lauren Newton, Harriet Davies, Connor Bateman, Emily Hunter and Harriet Tomlinson.

UKCEM is the leading and largest provider of events education and research in the world and is now providing Event Support Services to companies on a project by project basis. The service generates income for the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett, in addition to giving undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to carry out real industry work experience with the support of a full time manager and input from the academic team.

Variety is an international charity. Variety Yorkshire was established 52 years ago, and is one of the most successful regions for the charity in the UK outside of London. With 30 dedicated volunteers, the region hosts a number of prestigious events annually. Each year Variety Yorkshire makes a tangible and positive impact on the lives of children and young people. They achieve this by providing wheelchairs, a range of specialist equipment and more than 110 sunshine coaches.

Future events for the UKCEM team will include working with International Confex 2015 in London, where they will be recruiting student volunteers to the event to enhance their employability skills.

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A Leeds Beckett University Events Management graduate is bringing the ASICS Neon Run to Leeds on Saturday 18 October.

A Leeds Beckett University Events Management graduate is bringing the ASICS Neon Run to Leeds on Saturday 18 October.

Adam Goodger completed his BA (Hons) degree in Events Management in 2013. During his time at our University, he took part in the study abroad program, spending a semester in Melbourne, Victoria, where he worked on Ironman Melbourne and met the now-director of Sport 3 Event Management, Shane Smith.

Shane was the head of Ironman in Australia at the time and said: “Adam showed an impeccable work ethic while working on our event in Melbourne. His enthusiasm, combined with his professional approach, made it easy for us to offer him the role of Events Operations Manager of Sport 3 Event Management UK.”

In this role, Adam brought Triathlon Pink to Leeds in July, as well as to other venues around the country. His biggest endeavour as Events Operations Manager will now be this October when Neon Run UK will be held in Leeds and Sunderland. Adam was instrumental in choosing Leeds as the first venue for Neon Run, and is excited to be running this event in the city where he learned his craft:

“I loved my time at Leeds Beckett, and am very excited to be hosting Neon Run here in Leeds. The Events Management course at Leeds Beckett enabled me to gain the necessary skills to be the Operations Manager for Sport 3 Events, and Leeds is the ideal host venue for my first Neon Run event.”

ASICS Neon Run Leeds is a 5km night run to the backdrop of music and spectacular lighting, culminating with a dance party at the finish line. Competitors can jog, walk, run and dance their way through the rock, pop, disco and iconic British music zones on the course. The final celebration is the DJ-hosted dance party at the end of the race, complete with dancers and light show.

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