1.         Introduction

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2.         Credit

2.1     This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (http://www.seqlegal.com).

3.         About cookies

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4.1     We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.

4.2     The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:

(a)      we use a cookie name including @www.aeme.org on our website to recognise a computer when a user visits the website / track users as they navigate the website / enable the use of a membership order on the website / improve the website's usability / analyse the use of the website / administer the website / prevent fraud and improve the security of the website.

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6.2     Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

6.3     If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

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(a)      in Internet Explorer (version 10), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);

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7.2     Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

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8.1     You can manage your preferences relating to the use of cookies on our website by clicking on the link as you arrive on our site.

9.         Our details

9.1     This website is owned and operated by Glenn A J Bowdin on behalf of the UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Beckett University.

9.2     Our principal place of business is at Eventsandfestivalsresearch.com Glenn Bowdin, UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Beckett University, Macaulay Hall G14, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QN, UK.

10.4    You can contact us by writing to the business address given above, by using our website contact form, by email to g.a.j.bowdin&#64leedsmet.ac.uk.


Updated: February 2nd 2015

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year


The front page image is from the Leeds Carnival 2007, supported by Leeds Metropolitan University. Picture supplied by Leeds Initiative.

The UK Centre for Events Management was established in 2001.  With more than thirty full-time academic members of staff, it is now probably the world’s largest group of specialist researchers and educators with an interest in festivals and events.  Our research is now being delivered through the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) at Leeds Beckett University.

Our Centre undertakes high quality multi- and inter-disciplinary research ethically and disseminates the findings using a range of mechanisms, including research reports, articles and books, bespoke programmes of continuing professional development, consultancy, short courses and specialist events. Our priorities are to strengthen the quality of our work continuously and to make an impact on policy and practice.

The standard of our work was recognised officially in the recent national assessment of research (The Research Excellence Framework). We were ranked 2nd out of more than fifty universities in Unit 26: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism for Research Power (RP).


Our research is funded by various international, national and local agencies or businesses. In recent years, these have been as diverse as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Commission, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and government departments, NGOs in various European, African and Asian countries, sports governing bodies and private companies. We have more than thirty PhD students from the UK and internationally and welcome visiting scholars regularly.

Please contact us if our work interests you and you would like to explore the potential for partnership and collaboration.


Staff from the UK Centre for Events Management involved in Events & Festivals Research work with a range of related centres within Leeds Metropolitan University and beyond.  These include:

Carnegie Research Institute
Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change
International Centre for Responsible Tourism