The UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) at Leeds Beckett University has been announced as the official University Educational Partner for the UK’s leading and longest standing event for the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industry, International Confex.
The agreement will see events management education brought to the fore as UKCEM celebrates 20 years of events management education in the UK.
Through the partnership, the Leeds Beckett University UKCEM graduate-led Event Support Services team will deliver a half-day student conference on the second day of the show (3 March); produced by students for students.
The team will also host an alumni gathering bringing together graduates from the last 20 years of events management education, who are now working at all levels of industry.
At the conference the UKCEM team will be taking the lead in an initiative called ‘The Big Conversation‘ which aims to bring industry and academia together to visualise what will be needed in terms of skills, knowledge and education in the next 20 years.
Speaking about the partnership, Jackie Mulligan, Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett and Director of Enterprise for UKCEM, said: “This is a really important and timely conversation for our industry to be having when talent is top of the agenda, and we’re delighted to have the support of Confex in starting dialogue on what lies ahead in the next 20 years.
“We’re bringing together some of the most successful and inspiring individuals as part of our alumni relations, and putting them alongside event professionals and academics to get a 360 view on how industry and educators might collaborate and meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. It is a milestone to be 20 years on from starting events management at Leeds Beckett University in 1996. We now ask, what will the next 20 years bring and what might industry and education do differently?”
Liz Agostini, International Confex Events Director, added: “This is another great partnership for the show, and more great educational content around UK Events Week, working with an organisation with over 20 years of experience educating the next generations of event professionals. Professionalism and new talent in the industry is a big talking point at the moment and one we wanted to provide a platform for at International Confex.”
The partnership will also see the UKCEM have a stand presence at the show, allowing industry professionals to learn more about how events management is taught, how to gain online qualifications as well as part-time and full-time events management degrees and Masters qualifications and how they can support the education of the next generation of industry talent through placements and recruitment.
International Confex takes place 2-3 March 2016 at Olympia London.