Events Management students to 'connect' with industry
Events Connect takes place on Friday 27 October 2017.
Now in its 5th year, the Events Management team at Manchester Metropolitan University have been organising and pioneering a conference that takes events management students out of the lecture theatre and into a five-star venue to attend a real conference.
Top industry speakers confirmed
‘Events Connect’ is a place where students hear from a series of leading industry figures (this year includes Gareth Cooper CEO and Founder of Broadwick Live amongst many other inspirations). Speakers also include past alumni who have graduated from the BA (Hons) Events Management degree and are now in the workplace. Over 50 event professionals will then join speakers and students for a networking lunch.
Connecting industry, academia and students
This year Radisson Blu Edwardian are proudly sponsoring the event as they see what value it is to the students and how much enjoyment the professionals get from passing on their industry knowledge to hungry, enthusiastic Manchester Met students.
‘Connect’ is a great example of how industry, academia and students can meet to share knowledge and opportunities, which is always a hot topic on every professional’s lips.
The University holds the event off campus at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Manchester. Principal Lecturer of the Events Management course, Shaun Litler, explained: “Hosting Connect off campus sets the scene of professionalism and the students present themselves smartly. Their attitudes change as they are out of their comfort zone and they behave more like young professionals. They take pride in the fact that they are sitting in a ‘real’ conference in a five-star venue, with ‘real’ people.”
Litler believes an event that gets students out of the classroom is crucial. “They meet face to face with industry professionals who are at the top of their field… from technicians to facility managers, managing directors to catering managers. It widens students’ perspectives on which jobs are out there. It’s not just about wedding planners and festival organisers.”
Getting so many industry reps to attend a student event must be seen as a triumph. Lucy Pittaway, Lecturer in events management, is pleased with the growth of the event and says: “In the early years, attracting industry was a challenge, but now I have industry contacting me asking when it’s taking place. It gives event professionals a chance to inspire and give something back to the next generation. Job interviews and volunteering opportunities have come off the back of the event. It really is about ‘connecting’ our students to industry.”
Events Connect 2017 takes place on Friday 27th October 2017 at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel. To find out more, contact Lucy Pittaway on L.Pittaway@mmu.ac.uk.