With over six hundred students studying at any one time, we are one of the largest centres for events and leisure in the world. Our philosophy is to provide an education that combines theory, research and practice in the fields of event and leisure management and marketing.
Our academic staff are multidisciplinary and work with a variety of partners, both nationally and internationally, and research is currently being undertaken in association with universities in the China, USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Asia, Brazil, Russia and Europe.
Our research is at the cutting edge of our subject area, and is published in academic books and journals and informs our taught courses. Our publications include Doing Events Research: From Theory to Practice, Events Management: An International Approach and The Routledge Handbook of Events and Leisure: An Introduction.
We are active members of key academic and professional organisations including the Association of Events Management Education (AEME), the Leisure Studies Association (LSA), the International Special Events Society (ISES), the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM), National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA), and the Institute of Event Management (IEM). As a result of these close contacts we have contributed to the review of the National Occupational Standards for Events Management and the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into the international significance of events.
Our Let’s Talk Events & Leisure network has included a high-profile programme of guest speakers from industry, student visits to places such as London and Brighton and live student projects with organisations and companies that benefit the students, the organisations, the community and the academics.