Events Management students and graduates are working alongside the NHS-funded project, Born in Bradford (BiB), to organise the 2014 BiB Family Festival.

The BiB team organise an annual event for the 13,500 research participants and their families. In previous years this has been a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Lister Park but will this year move to a twin site - City Park Bradford and The National Media Museum.

The new BiB Family Festival will take place on Saturday 18h and Sunday 19 October, with the aim of engaging children and their families through activities, exhibitions and entertainers. The Festival is split into three themes - Our Planet, Our Bodies and Our Lives - and aims to convey research findings to attendees, as well as thanking participants for their support.

Born in Bradford is one of the biggest and most important medical research studies undertaken in the UK. The project started in 2007 and is looking to answer questions about our health by tracking the lives of 13,500 babies and their families. It will provide information for studies across the UK and around the world. The aim of Born in Bradford is to find out more about the causes of childhood illness by studying children from all cultures and backgrounds as their lives unfold.

There are exciting opportunities for our Events, Media and Entertainment Management students to volunteer at the Festival and work on all aspects of the two-day event. Events Management graduate, Emma Heslington, who works for the newly-formed Leeds Met Event Support Service, is Lead Event Officer for the project and Events Masters student, Hennah Din, and Entertainment Management student, Abby Johnston, are busy working alongside Emma to plan the event.

Current student, James Guerin, is working as a full time Events Officer, helping to manage the event as part of his student placement with Event Support Services. He said: "It has been inspiring to work with Born in Bradford, an organisation whose research has a positive impact on the health of so many families in the region. We are looking forward to welcoming families to the City Park and the National Media Museum in October.

"We are also currently recruiting for on-site support for the event which is a fantastic opportunity for student to get the live event skills they need for industry."

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Leeds Met staff and students took part in Live at Leeds at the weekend, the ever-growing metropolitan music festival, packed with an exciting programme of gigs and music-inspired events which fills venues across our city.

Amongst the hustle and bustle, were many of our students and staff, not only as revellers and performersbut also as managers of events included in the festival, recruiters of volunteers and crucially, wristband exchange for entry into the performances which featured national names such as Blood Red Shoes and Pulled apart by Horses (which includes former student, James Brown).

Our University's involvement with the festival has been expanding year on year, with a range of our students getting involved in various ways at the weekend.

Around 80 music studentshelped to carry outartist liaison, stage management and live sound across 20 different venues, which also included solely running the Leeds Met Stage 2 venue. Thanks to our Partnership Volunteering programme two of our festival volunteers worked as Media Interns during the festival, live blogging and tweeting from the event. You can read about their Live at Leeds experience via our festival volunteering blog.

Events Management students made their mark on the festival in a number of ways. Threegroups took the opportunity to use the event as part of their 'PES assessment' for the Production of Events module.

A group of sevenmanaged the Wristband Exchange, which was held at Leeds First Direct Arena, and ensured festival-goers, press, media, VIPs and guests had easy access to all the events and that the 15,000 people who turned up to the festival could make the most of the event.

A second group event managed The Unconference, a music industry event in collaboration between Live at Leeds and our University. With a relaxed, though very professional, take on a conference, itfeatured aday of seminars and workshops curated by ex-Forward Russia guitarist, and Dance To The Radio founder Whiskas, aka Samuel Nicholls, who is also a lecturer in the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts. Guests include Jen Long (Radio 1, BBC3, Kissability), as well as representatives from record labels, festivals and music promoters.

A third group ran The Live At Leeds Football Tournament on Monday 5 May. There are 32 football teams made up of bands, promoters and the venues involved in Live At Leeds who will battle it out on the pitch to win the ultimate prize - The Live At Leeds Trophy. Therewas alsolots of fun planned away from the pitch, with a host of fundraising activities in aid of Martin House Children's Hospice, as well as the East Leeds FM Awning Stage returning with live music from 1pm.

Simon Bell, Managing Cultural & Major Events Course Leader, who leads the Production of Events Module, explained that the planning and management of the Professional Events Solutions (PES) assessment gives students a great chance to gain useful industry experience and put into practice what they learn during their degree studies, all a valuable part of the Live at Leeds Partnership.

Our Broadcast Media Technologies students televised the Unconference, broadcast live Acoustic Sessions from Blue Laurel and Pip Mountjoy on Saturday and live streamed the whole of the four hour Dance To The Radio event on Saturday.

Course leader Hugo Smith said: "We were delighted to hear that our clients over the Live at Leeds weekend were so pleased with the professional attitude of BMT students televising the events and that they rated the quality of our live multi-camera coverage so highly. The students showed great enthusiasm and delivered professional level content. They should be really proud of their achievements."

Our talented staff, students and alumni also took to the stage:

Bearfoot Beware, Brudenell Social Club
Bricks Without Straws, Hirsts Yard
Goodbye Chanel, A Nation of Shopkeepers
iForward Russia, Leeds Town Hall
I Like Trains, Leeds Town Hall
Munich, Brudenell Social Club
NARCS, Brudenell Social Club
OtherPeoplesLives, Belgrave Music Hall
Pulled Apart By Horses, Brudenell Social Club
Quentin's Basement, The Packhorse
Treason Kings, Milo

A host of inspiring speakers will present to students and staff at a special event organised by our University with the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO).


The 'Leadership, professionalism and transforming your career' event, consisting of speakers, a panel session and networking, will take place on Wednesday 30 April at the Carnegie Pavilion, from 2pm to 6pm, and is aimed at students and professionals interested in conference organisation.

The workshop, jointly presented by ABPCO and the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism & Hospitality (ICRETH) at Leeds Metropolitan University, aims to explore the opportunities available to future conference organisers. The panel, made up of ABPCO members, will tell their own personal stories and demonstrate how they used their professionalism in the world of conference management to go from entry to executive level. Speakers include: Jennifer Jenkins, MD of MCI UK and Ireland, Amanda Stranack, Head of Congress, BSAVA, James Caldwell, Director, innov-8 Conference Services, and Inbar Caspi, MD, of Kenes Group.

Professor Rhodri Thomas, Head of ICRETH, said: "This event demonstrates the commitment of ABPCO and our University to showcasing to students the kinds of high-level careers available to them if they join the conference sector. The speakers will, I am sure, inspire students by providing insights into their career paths and the opportunities available to those entering the industry now. We are also looking forward to hearing anecdotes that reflect the stresses and sources of satisfaction of professional conference organisers (PCOs).

"ICRETH approached ABPCO to help put together a programme of high level speakers capable of discussing the highs and lows, successes and challenges of working in the sector. ABPCO is built on the credibility of its members and the fact that it is constantly seeking to improve best practice across the whole of the meetings and events sector, makes it the perfect partner for the event."

ABPCO Chair and MCI UK and Ireland Managing Director, Jennifer Jenkins, commented: "A career as a PCO is often overlooked by graduates despite offering the opportunities to: organise conferences of real size and scale; travel frequently to emerging global destinations; earn salaries at the top end of the industry scale; and even start a business. The future of our industry lies in the hands of the students of today, there are plenty of individuals looking to become event and party managers but we want more to consider the world of conference organisation.

"ABPCO represents PCOs working in the association and not-for-profit sectors and on some of the largest, most exacting - and most exciting - projects being delivered in the UK today. It is our duty to fuel their interest whilst carefully balancing their expectations and ambitions. The next generation of organisers needs to learn from our mistakes and make use of best practice, whilst having the confidence to innovate and grow the industry. We were delighted at the opportunity to join ICRETH in the creation of this event and in particular source the speakers who we expect to provide engaging and insightful content for all present."

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Events Management students are set to present their ideas as to how events can animate Leeds City Centre during the Grand Depart at a special debate at Leeds Dock.

The 'Animating Leeds' event will be a creative exploration of Leeds City Centre and a regeneration discussion of the Leeds Dock area.

Taking place on Tuesday 13 May from 12.30-2.30pm at Magellan House, Leeds businesses will attend the debate on how we might re-invigorate our Leeds canals and the urban area of Leeds Dock. To stimulate discussion, the debate will be taking place on one of the charming barges located at the Dock - offering a unique and exciting space in which to experience the Leeds Dock area.

In addition to the discussion, on the First Floor of Magellan House at Leeds Dock, Events Management students at the UK Centre for Events Management at our University will showcase and pitch ideas as to how events can animate Leeds City Centre during the Grand Depart. Responding to a creative brief presented by Leeds Inspired there will be immersive exhibition booths where technology, interaction and playfulness will be used to demonstrate their endeavours.

An inspiring series of public talks kicked off at Leeds Metropolitan University on Tuesday 25 March 2014 as Secret Millionaire David Jamilly recounts his journey from penniless children's clown to CEO of renowned events company, Theme Traders.


Founded in 1989, Theme Traders has grown to become one of the UK's leading events enterprises, responsible for hosting some of London's most lavish parties and featuring a client list of A-list celebrities.

David's lecture is entitled 'Values and creativity in the rapidly-changing world of events' and forms part of the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH)'s 'Learning from Leaders' series. The lecture will take place from 5-6pm at the Carnegie Pavilion room 335, with a networking and drinks reception continuing until 7pm.

Tracing developments within the events landscape, David will discuss the changing socio-economics of event management and its growing status and professionalism within the industry, a transition which has led to event management being recognised as an academic field with dedicated degree courses.

David will emphasise the importance of values in building a successful and sustainable future for the industry and the planet. His value-led approach to running Theme Traders underpins his humanitarian and philanthropic work which includes supporting the children's charity POD, which organises entertainment for children in hospitals, the Good Deeds Organisation, and Kindness UK. In 2010, David also appeared in an extended version of Channel 4's Secret Millionaire TV programme, helping three charities in North East England.

Head of ICRETH and organiser of the lecture series, Professor Rhodri Thomas, commented: "Our mission is to enhance understanding of planned events, tourism and hospitality and to pass on that knowledge to our students, to policy-makers and to other practitioners. In addition to our scientific research, some of that understanding comes from working with those who have excelled in their chosen field. David fits that category which is why we are delighted that he is prepared to deliver one of our 'learning from leaders' public lectures."

Keen to pass on his knowledge, David is a regular speaker at events and universities around the world and author of two influential books which draw on his industry experience: 'Party People: How to make millions from having fun' and 'Enjoy: The Creative Approach to Events'.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Neil Ormerod on 0113 812 9239.