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.