Events, Tourism and Hospitality team nominated in mentoring awards

Date 9.12.2021

The University of Northampton’s Events, Tourism, and Hospitality team has been nominated in the Otolo awards 2021.

At the start of 2021, the Events, Tourism, and Hospitality team teamed up with the online mentoring platform, Otolo, to offer undergraduate students personal mentoring, events, and jobs opportunities, with leading industry professionals. This mentoring programme creates relationships between students and professionals, enabling them to exchange knowledge, skills, and experience to help them both grow and develop.

The successful working relationship, student and staff engagement, and passion of the Events, Tourism, and Hospitality team has been recognised in their shortlisting for the Mentoring Award.

Claire Leer, Senior Lecturer in Events Management and Tourism, said: “The team is absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination for our work. The Events, Tourism, and Hospitality industry have been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the ability to rapidly adapt to change, as shown through the success of this mentoring scheme, hints at a bright future for our students, graduates, and the sector as a whole.

“We’re passionate about developing and supporting our students to achieve their best and mentoring is a fabulous way to inspire people and support their wider skills development and critical thinking.”

The award winners will be announced on Thursday 9 December as part of a virtual gala event, which second-year Events Management student, Emma Couldridge, has been involved in organising.

Speaking about the opportunity, Emma said: “Working with Otolo to organise this event has been very valuable. Not only is it celebrating the success of people who have kept going through a really hard pandemic period, but hopefully seeing my University win an award.  I have also gained some important valuable work experience, to plan, shape, and deliver a virtual event, and I’ve connected with some movers and shakers in the industry, who I hope to work with again.”