Leisure Industries Management: Links with Industry

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 graduation.

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.

Student membership of professional bodies

Students are entitled to student membership of a range of professional bodies and tourism organisations, including:

  • The Institute of Travel and Tourism
  • The Tourism Society
  • Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity 
  • Tourism Concern

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.

Work placement opportunities

The Tourism Management course offers students the opportunity to undertake an optional 48-week work placement in the third year.

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 staff at The Workplace.

Our contacts

We use our wide range of contacts to help students locate and secure relevant work experience.

These include:

  • public sector tourism agencies
  • visitor attractions
  • hotel groups
  • tour operators 
  • travel agents

Students may additionally contact the University Careers Service, which can help you find relevant work experience during the summer vacations.