The Marketing, Innovation, Leisure and Enterprise (MiLE) department has strong reputation in the subject disciplines of tourism and events management, based on a combination of the industry expertise and experience of MiLE department staff who have delivered a number of consultancy projects on behalf of organisations such as The NEC Group, further demonstrating our expertise around the management of venues.
Courses are informed and endorsed by our research, publications and engagement with professional bodies such as the Association of the British Travel Agents, the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Association for Events Management Education (AEME). We are also the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence. These accreditations recognise leading universities who maintain high professional standards throughout tourism and events industries.
We have strong links with industry partners and work closely with large tourism and events businesses, such as, the NEC, Sandals and Disney. Students of this course engage in industry specific work placements, have access to high level industry speakers, interact with senior industry figures (for mentoring and research purposes) and have the opportunity to be awarded the annual ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award and many other awards. Furthermore, our relationship with university venues (The Arena Theatre and The Performance Hub) provides an alternative classroom which you will access as part of your course. Learning with us, you will engage with industry through application of learning to live events, field trips and guest lectures. These resources and developments place MiLE in a very strong position to provide both practical experiences, which underpin theoretical understanding, and prepare you for the challenges of working in the dynamic event tourism environment.
Teaching at the University is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners, and benefits from technology supported learning so that you can develop your IT skills whilst developing and presenting exciting and industry-relevant assessments. The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities which greatly enhance your learning experience. The University of Wolverhampton Business School, which houses the course, was opened in November 2015. Designed to nurture talents and provide platform for engagement with the business community in the region, the University of Wolverhampton Business School building provides state of the art facilities, such as, executive education suite, innovative teaching and learning spaces, an IT suite, consulting rooms and a central social space and café. This building and its facilities provide conducive environment for student learning and Higher Education experience. As a result of gaining a BA (Hons) in Tourism and Events Management from the University of Wolverhampton you can be sure you will be ready to enter the world of graduate employment within the industry of your choice.
There are many internal and external initiatives which have been developed to support students’ employability development and to boost your career prospects with real life business experience. For example the Challenge Academy, organised and delivered by the university, is a network of students who undertake short-term projects on behalf of businesses. During the first and second year of the degree students take a module which gives them an opportunity to undertake a placement, in the final year there are opportunities to undertake real life consultancy projects. Between the second and third year of the degree students have an opportunity to take a sandwich placement, which is a ten months paid placement in the industry. The University’s Careers Centre provides assistance in finding suitable placements and making successful applications, from identifying a job role to CV writing, applications, interviews and assessment centres. Every module delivered as part of this course aims to give students exposure to the industry, this is either through a field trip or an industry speaker guest talk. All university students are eligible for the ERASMUS+ EU Placements. These are paid or unpaid placements organised in the area of students’ study or interest in a number of European Union countries. There are two to twelve months summer or yearlong placements which are organised and funded by the scheme (flights, insurance, accommodation, transfers etc.). The University has a team of careers consultants and employability advisers who offer help with the above opportunities. There is also a virtual jobs boards called the Workplace which advertises a multitude of casual and permanent roles. These may be of interest to you whilst studying with us or as you look for your first post-university graduate job.