We work with leading industry figures to ensure that our
courses are relevant to the needs of the industry.
The Leisure Department works closely with local, regional and
national businesses across the breadth of the subject areas that we
teach. Recent projects include research for the NEC Group, a Feasibility Study for
the Holker Group in Cumbria and a business development plan
for a Community Events Centre. The department also works closely
with organisations which include Discover Travel and
Tours (an inbound tour operator) and The Heritage Motor Centre
in Warwickshire, delivering Knowledge Transfer projects.
In their final year students in the Leisure department
deliver live consultancy projects for regional public and
private sector organisations, and all our students undertake
work placements with many of our industry partners. A number of
our students are offered full time jobs upon
In addition to these relationships we are proud to
be recognised for the quality of our teaching, the
employability of our students and the quality of our work with
the travel and tourism industry as a Centre of Excellence by
the Institute of Travel and Tourism.
We are also Tourism Society Members and a
part of the Tourism Society Consultants Network (where we are
also involved in the Committee). We are members of
the Tourism Management Institute
(and represented on the TMI National Council), and we are
represented on the Executive Committee for The
Association for Event Management Education (AEME), and in 2012
we hosted the AEME Annual Forum.
We are members of the Council for Hospitality
Management Education, and hosted their 2012
Student Conference at Wolverhampton, an event organised
by our own students. We are also Members
of The Association for Tourism in Higher Education
and the Chartered Institute for the Management
of Sport and Physical Activity.
Students are entitled to student membership of a range of
professional bodies and tourism organisations, including:
Students are actively encouraged to join these organisations to
help them to make contact with tourism professionals and ensure an
up to date knowledge of changing industry trends and issues.
On completion of a period of appropriate professional
experience, graduates are entitled to upgrade to
full member status.
Management course offers students the opportunity to undertake
an optional 48-week work placement in the third
This opportunity is optional as we recognise that some students
will join the course with a wealth of tourism employment
experience, while others may have no direct experience in the
industry. Applicants with little or no experience are strongly
recommended to take this opportunity.
After all, this is a vocational course and we expect that
graduates will be able to demonstrate real world knowledge and
experience to a potential employer.
Students are actively supported in both the
process of securing a placement and subsequently in reflecting upon
the experience gained through the work placement, via modules in
the second and final year and also by the University's experienced
We use our wide range of contacts to help students locate and
secure relevant work experience.
Students may additionally contact the University Careers Service
Unit, which can assist in securing meaningful work experience
during the summer vacations. For example, students could choose to
take up a summer WorkWise placement.
The WorkWise programme has been designed specifically for our
students who are not undertaking a work experience placement but
would like to introduce some formal accredited work experience to
their studies. Visit Careers and Employment Services for more
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