Leeds Metropolitan University will celebrate 18 years of its UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) at the annual Venue Expo 2014 event in Manchester.

Current students and graduates hailing from the UK's longest-running events management course at Leeds Met - which will become Leeds Beckett University on 22 September - will come together at the Expo for the Big Northern UKCEM Gathering, to mark the centre's achievements, partnerships and developments.

The event will take place on Monday 1 September at 2.30pm in the Expo's networking lounge, and will also welcome many of the companies who provide student placements. The Expo will run from September 1-2.

Head of the UKCEM, Glenn Bowdin, said he wants graduates to feel proud of their events management qualifications and is looking forward to reconnecting with them at The Venue Expo 2014. He commented: "The UKCEM is an official partner of the 2014 Expo, and during the two-day event the university team will be delivering stimulating, provocative and inspiring education sessions which will focus upon mastering the art of engagement through social media. There will also be thought-provoking re-imagining events tours and a future thinking event design session.

"We have a very good social network of graduates and keep in contact with them. We are delighted to see so many doing so well. None of this would be possible without the industry employers who help our students through work placements each year. The practical experience our students gain enhances their learning and they emerge stronger and more employable as a result."

Future of Meetings research, carried out by Leeds Met academics for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), will be showcased at the Expo.

Jackie Mulligan, Principal Lecturer and Director of Enterprise for the Centre, who headed up the research, commented: "We hope to emphasise to the events industry that we are collaborators, we seek the same goals to enhance skills and to make all aware of the value of our industry. We are keen to work with industry partners to inform new education in the sector and feel we are in a good position to progress given our industry research, engagement, specialist and online provision.

"The large team of academics from all over the world who now teach and research within UKCEM have a lot to celebrate this year, most notably student achievements. The MPI Young Achievers Award was won by Leeds Metropolitan students three years in a row - most recently by Holly Glover, Olivia Pole-Evans and Faye Briggs. One of the three winners of The Eventice 2013, James Boardman, graduated from the UK Centre and The Eventice 2014 was won by two students from Leeds Met - Charlotte Jarman and Holly Glover."

Senior Lecturer, James Musgrave, said he believes that the student and graduate successes stem from the combination of academic and practitioner insights, staff engagement in industry and the real-world work that students undertake at UKCEM.

He added: "Last year the UKCEM Event Awards 2013 took place at the University's Rose Bowl. Through innovative and professional events, the students raised nearly £20,000 for domestic and international charities. One of our Senior lecturers Michelle Lanham tutored a group of students to conduct a flash mob to raise awareness of homeless people. Public perceptions were challenged and awareness of the charity 'Simon on the Streets' was raised."

Footage of the event can be seen"at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47rpIFc6DUI

Anyone interested in attending The Venue Expo can register through the event website www.thevenueexpo.co.uk. UKCEM graduates and companies working with the University by offering work placements are very welcome to attend the Big Northern UKCEM Gathering. Register for free here: bit.ly/1lUFrkv

Events expert and three times Managing Director (MD) of companies Positive Impact, Sustainable Events Ltd and Organise This, Fiona Pelham, has received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Fiona, who was Chair of ISO 20121, Technical Advisor for the environment for the England 2018 World Cup Bid and Chair elect for Meeting Professionals International is one of the most influential women in the events industry, in particular as a voice for sustainability.

Speaking about receiving the award, Fiona said: "I'm incredibly honoured to be receiving this award from this University today. I've worked in sustainability within the events industry for almost ten years now and this recognition is really showing the importance of sustainability and that is no longer a side subject, but is now something that is integral to the event industry."

She added: "My advice to graduating students is to really create your own career. When I graduated in 1999 this was not a clear career path for me and I was told many times that working in sustainability couldn't be more than a hobby. It's now an amazing career for me and I would really urge all the graduates to go after what they are passionate about and create their career around their passions and make a difference in the world. We have all got the leadership ability to be able to do that."

As MD of Sustainable Events Ltd and not for profit Positive Impact she leads and inspires the event industry to implement best social, economic and environmental practice. Working with an innovative team to provide strategic support, education and collaboration opportunities, Fiona demonstrates best practice of sustainability in action.

For her contribution to industry and commerce and to public voluntary service she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality and School of Sport.

Fiona is the MD of Sustainable Events Ltd, a company which provides strategic support to create an event industry with positive social, economic and environmental impacts. She is also founder and MD of Positive Impact Events - a not-for-profit dedicated to providing education and collaboration opportunities for a sustainable event industry. For example the globally supported Share a Positive Impact (www.shareapositiveimpact.com).

Since 2006 Fiona has chaired BS8901 which then become ISO 20121, a standard for a sustainable event industry inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Fiona was the youngest female ISO chair at that time and co-ordinated input from over 30 countries and five liaison bodies.

In July 2015 Fiona will also become global chair for Meeting Professionals International, the largest meeting industry association with international membership of approximately 20,000 and she will be the first British person to hold that role.

A public event in celebration of the world of British cycling, featuring a host of our nation's cycling heroes, is set to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University on Friday 4 July to welcome the Grand Depart to Yorkshire.

The one-day event, held at the University's Rose Bowl building, will feature inspirational presentations from the world of British cycling. Opening the event will be former professional cyclist and 1987 Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche, who will be joined by Peter Dodd from Welcome to Yorkshire.

Chris Sidwells, the internationally-respected journalist and author, will provide an entertaining history of British Cycling and the Tour de France before British legends from the Tour and the professional and amateur circuit take to the floor to share a piece of cycling memorabilia and their stories and anecdotes from their racing careers.

Leeds Metropolitan University Senior Lecturer and event organiser Peter Cox said: "We are excited at the opportunity of bringing together so many past legends of British bike racing all in one place. It's a unique event where you can meet and hear from many of these celebrated athletes who have influenced generations of cyclists. Our special guest Brian Robinson, Pioneer of Britain's racing on the continent, will be joined by many past riders of the Tour de France. All proceeds from the event will go to the Dave Rayner Fund of which Brian Robinson is the President."

The session entitled 'Tales from the Tour', hosted by Pete Matthews, will give the audience the chance to question their heroes as around 20 former British Tour de France riders, including Brian Robinson, Malcolm Elliott, Barry Hoban, Sid Barras, Mandy Jones (now Bishop), take on a question and answer session.

Over a Yorkshire-meets-France themed lunch, there will be the chance to meet the legends of British cycling, book signing with Chris Sidwells and view a cycling exposition.

During the second part of the day, the legends return to tell their cycling anecdotes and John Mills, Coaching, Education and Development Director of the national governing body, British Cycling, will explain the body's work, with a view from grass roots to performance; and the very best of coaching will be explored with Tom Barras, the cycle coach to para-cyclist David Stone MBE, who will join him as he shares his experiences as coach and athlete.

The event will finish with top tips to improvement for the everyday cyclist adapted from the science behind performance success from Leeds Metropolitan University sports scientist, Barney Wainwright, and sports nutritionist, Louise Sutton, from the Carnegie Sports Performance Centre (CSPC).There will be an opportunity to win a free bike fit and cycling fitness consultation at the CSPC.

Closing the day will be Graham Titchener, the Regional Director of the Grand Depart Legacy Programme who will outline the legacy of the Tour for Yorkshire. This will be followed by a drinks reception and toast to the Tour.

The Celebration of British Cycling event is held from 10.00am to 5.30pm. The price is a £10 donation to the Dave Rayner Fund in support of up-and-coming riders. To book a place, please go to http://bit.ly/BritishCycling

Throughout the day there will be a cycling exposition in the Rose Bowl's Atrium and a chance to meet your British Cycling heroes and heroines.

Principal Lecturer, Jackie Mulligan, has been appointed to MPI (Meeting Professionals International) UK's Board of Directors as Vice President (VP) of Innovation.

Jackie took up the post starting Tuesday 1 July and forms part of a teamof 11 dedicated meeting professionals who will lead the chapter for the next 12 months, drawing from a variety of industry experience and skills.

Jackie commented: "I am delighted to be joining the Board and supporting the MPI UK and Ireland Chapter to progress professional education and look forward to encouraging innovation within industry at the range of networking and educational events MPI produces. I am very proud that our University supports us to work so closely with industry and look forward to the next 12 months with MPI."

Jackie will be tasked with bringing the most up-to-date research and innovation to the association's activities as VP of Innovation. In her work at the UK Centre for Events Management, Jackie has contributed to several pieces of research conducted on behalf of MPI Global, including the Future of Meetings research.

Heading up the team until July 2015 will be president Miguel Neves (Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group), who will be followed by Richard Parker, CMM (Director of Healthcare Strategy, Zibrant) as President Elect, taking on the President role on 1 July 2015. Samme Allen (Head of C&E Sales, Rugby Football Union) continues her role as chapter Past President, guiding the board with her valuable MPI knowledge and experience.

The core team of vice presidents remains in place with Jane Baker (Commercial Director UK, CWT Meetings & Events) as VP of Education, tasked with delivering key educational content throughout the chapter's educational events supporting the CMP certification. Jamie Ades (Senior Account Manager - Associations, ExCeL London) continues his work as VP of Communications strategically managing the chapter's marketing and communication.

With Ruth Bennett (Category Manager Attractions & Days Out, Buyagift) leaving her role at London & Partners, the VP of Membership role is being filled by Richard Allchild (Sales Manager, IMEX Group). Completing the chapter's executive committee is Ed Bolling (General Manager, Ironmongers' Hall) who will oversee the management of the chapter's finances and oversee all educational and event driven investments.

With the chapter's focus on certification, Liz Rice (Director, Metro Broadcast) is continuing her work in developing and promoting the CMP in the UK and Ireland as VP of Certification.

Two additional non-voting board members have joined as Deputy VPs. Berivan Kockaya, CMP (Event Manager, ICSC Europe) will be assisting Liz in the chapter's mission to effectively implement the CMP into the UK and Ireland's meetings industry. Supporting Richard Allchild with the VP Membership roll will be Adam Said (Senior Executive- Product Development, TFI Group) who will help the chapter understand the needs of individual MPI members and promote the full use of MPI's member benefits.

Events Management students at Leeds Metropolitan University are celebrating the end of a successful year which has seen them raise more than £22,000 for charities in the region across 48 fundraising events.

Students work at Live at Leeds

A total of 320 students, all in their second year of the BA (Hons) Events Management and BA (Hons) Sports Events Management courses at Leeds Met, organised charity events this year as part of a formal assessment which gives them the experience of working with a real client to specified brief.

One team of students created a dragon outline in Millennium Square on St George's Day, inviting passers-by to fill in the figure with their coppers and raising more than £1,000 for St George's Crypt. Another team created a youth arm for children's charity, Variety Yorkshire, and launched it at an event with live music, entertainment and street food at the Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen; whilst another staged a dance flash mob in Trinity Leeds for Making Memories, a charity for terminally ill adults with small children. The flash mob event also aided collaboration across university courses with the event being recorded by students at the University's Northern Film School.

Glenn Bowdin, Head of the UK Centre for Events Management, said: "Our events and sports events management students have organised a diverse range of events this year that have ranged from fundraising through to awareness raising and showcasing. Over £22,000 has been raised for good causes including many local charities and our students can rightly be proud of this achievement.

"Even more impressive, many of our clients have been introduced to new customer groups or had new event products developed through some very innovative event ideas from our students.

PES Celebration Event

"The PES (Professional Event Solutions) Celebration Event showcased the diverse range of events and clients and allowed our students, clients and other guests to learn about the professional events and key employability skills developed through this innovative assessment."

Further clients that the students have worked with this year include: Leeds Better Communities, St Gemma's Hospice, Meanwood Urban Valley Farm, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, St George's Crypt, Cancer Research and Simon on the Streets; with events spanning open mic nights, a dog show, brunch in your bra, Great British Bingo, Blind Football, and running the Live at Leeds wristband exchange.