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Industry experts predict a bright future for UON students

Date 16.12.2020

Students at the University of Northampton have been taken under the wing of industry experts from leading events, tourism, and hospitality brands.

Inspiring industry insiders from over 25 organisations took time out of their busy schedules, to pass on their knowledge to students, in a series of masterclasses, skills workshops, and guest lectures.

Students heard first hand from Sky VIP, ShowTime Events Group, the Eden Project, Agile PR, Clearwater Events, CJS Events, Event First Steps, Delapre Abbey, Sports Ground Safety Authority, Travelling Circus and Growth Works as well as individual practitioners such as Dawinder Bansal and Matt Hocking.

As some of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, the insights shared we’re focused on the impact of COVID-19 and the potential opportunities this brings, as the professionals strive to get back to business.

Although the industry is facing its toughest time, the professionals spoke positively about the future and gave insights to students to help them gain that extra edge in what is a highly competitive market.

Naomi Hartnick, a final year events, tourism, and hospitality student said: “I just keep thinking, what an amazing degree we are doing, being given the opportunity to engage with professionals from the industry by the University is just amazing.

“Speakers were thought-provoking, and it was good to hear reassurance from professionals about our future and the future of the industry.

“It also gave me, personally, a few opportunities to reach out and make connections which, I think, is really helpful for second years looking for a placement year too!”

Claire Eason-Bassett added: “On behalf of the students and staff within the Events, Tourism and Hospitality cohort, I would like to thank all our speakers for their time and effort sharing their experiences and insight with us.

“It has been a fantastic term of industry-focused learning and sharing of practice, which I hope will bring great benefits for our students, not only in developing their skills and industry awareness but in building their networks and professional connections.”