Events Management student named recipient of international industry scholarship

A BU Events Management student has won a prestigious scholarship that will allow her to network with leading industry figures at a conference in Krakow, Poland.

Jade Woodall, a final year BA (Hons) Events Management student at BU, has been named as recipient of the 2014 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Vanessa Cotton Scholarship.

She was chosen by a panel of industry judges to receive the scholarship, and has won an all-expenses paid trip to the MPI European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) in Krakow, Poland, next February.

She will also be able to attend educational sessions and network with more than 200 event professionals and current MPI board members.

Jade said: “I am very excited to have won The Vanessa Cotton Scholarship and I am so grateful to MPI UK & I, Reed Travel Expo and ExCel London for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

“I am really looking forward to EMEC in Poland where I hope to continue with my professional development by making new contacts and building on my current experience and knowledge of the industry.”

Jade saw off stiff competition from a record number of entries to receive the scholarship, which recognises the brightest of the next generation of event professionals who show outstanding communication skills and a desire for personal development.

Jade was flown to Barcelona for the announcement of the scholarship at global meeting and events exhibition EIBTM 2014.

“My trip to Barcelona was a great experience,” added Jade. “I made some valuable contacts and got to meet the judges of the competition who said they really enjoyed reading my application.”

Events Management student discusses choosing BU in The Guardian

BU BA (Hons) Events Management student Leroy-Winston Scott has appeared in The Guardian, discussing his reasons for picking and sticking with BU.

Leroy, aged 27, was featured in the Education section of the newspaper, and highlighted Bournemouth University as his top choice for travel opportunities.

His excursions with the student union’s Raising And Giving (RAG) charity hitchhike Leggit, and a possible opportunity to travel to South Africa as part of his final semester were among his top reasons to attend BU.

When asked the best way to secure these opportunities at BU, Leroy advised students to take advantage of the many extracurricular activities available to them.

“Lecturers want to know what you’ve done outside of your 16 or so hours contact time in first year – so pick activities that will make the lecturer look at your CV and think, ‘They’ll really make the most of an overseas experience’.”

Speaking after the article was published Leroy said: “Bournemouth the town and Bournemouth the uni matches my character and allows me to express myself and grow.

“I hope by being featured in The Guardian, it has allowed me to spread a message that says to somebody somewhere that they can grab a part of Bournemouth and BU and enjoy it. And for the ones already doing it? Keep going – you got this.”

Read The Guardian article

By Anushka Naidoo, Final year BA (Hons) Communications and Media student at BU

International events management conference takes place at BU


Events management professionals and academics from around the world were at Bournemouth University for the International Conference on Events.

Delegates came from as far afield as China and Australia for the three-day Making Waves conference, which was organised by the Association of Events Management Education (AEME) and held at BU’s Executive Business Centre.

The aim of the conference is to share cutting edge research, thinking and industry practice and a number of presentations and workshops took place on subjects ranging from music festivals to the London 2012 Olympics and business events.

Opening the conference, Dr Keith Wilkes, Dean of the School of Tourism at BU, said: “The world would be socially, academically and culturally poorer without events.

“The aim of the conference is to debate the way that we see, think and undertake research into events.”

There were also keynote speeches from important names in events management and education – including Nick Dodds, Managing Director of Festivals and Events International, and PR director Alistair Turner, who has led the Britain for Events promotional campaign.

Nick de Bois MP, who is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry, gave the first keynote of the conference.

Nick said events contributed a huge amount to the UK economy and worldwide reputation, and academics and professionals need to work together to represent the industry.

“We know the industry provides invisible benefits and is a major contributor to the UK economy,” said Nick, who ran a marketing and events business before becoming an MP.

“When we host large events and conferences, what they are doing is not just leaving a large injection into local economies, but the opportunity for us to deliver long term growth into the UK.”

He added: “It’s very hard for one industry to bring about change, if it is developing its messages from diverse groups and sectors and effectively speaking from many different voices.

“I hope this conference will address how it will be able to support the case for change, the value of this industry, and how it teaches its young professionals for an industry that will, sure as anything, be very different from what it is today.”

More than 120 delegates from ten countries attended the conference, which was jointly organised by BU, AEME and universities in China and Australia, and sponsored by The Higher Education Academy.

Welcoming the delegates BU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney said: “We have over 600 students from BU studying events and leisure, which I think makes us one of the largest in that particular sector anywhere in the world.

“The School of Tourism is a world leader in tourism research. I would like to say as the vice-chancellor how fantastic that School is and how important it is for the university.

“This is, therefore, a very appropriate venue for holding this year’s conference.”

Glenn Bowdin, chair of AEME, added: “I think that, as our industry moves forward with increasingly credible research to underpin it, industry and academics need to work together to provide a central voice.

“Hopefully, over the next few days we will have a great opportunity to network, to make future partnerships and hopefully develop collaborations and find like minds in terms of what we are talking about.”

It’s official – BU students rock!


Students from Bournemouth University shone at the Rock Star Awards, picking up several accolades.

The Awards, organised by Rock Recruitment Specialists, recognise outstanding young employees, students and entrepreneurs in Dorset aged between 16 and 26.

BU students picked up three of the six awards during a ceremony at the Royal Bath Hotel, in front of more than 200 people from Dorset’s business community.

Kamron Arasteh, who is in his final year of a BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology degree at BU, picked up the Student Star of the Future Award, which was sponsored by Bournemouth University.

Kamron, 22, is on course to graduate with a first class honours degree, and has taken on a number of freelance projects while studying – including building websites for Best Fit car garage and Universal Catering Supplies.

“It felt amazing to win the award,” said Kamron, who lives in Poole and also provided specialist technical support to the Weymouth and Portland sailing venues during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The awards evening at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth was a really enjoyable experience.

“Winning the award just showed that the 4 years of hard work was really worth it. I have always strived to achieve at university, which has led me to work for Xerox, London 2012 Olympics and Kingfisher plc and this is only the start.

He added:”Bournemouth University has taught me so much and enabled me to take these opportunities and hopefully allow me to start a successful career in the IT industry.”

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism student Natalie Morris was named winner of the Fire Radio Media Star of the Future, which was sponsored by the local radio station.

Natalie, 22, of Ensbury Park, impressed the judges with her confidence and a variety of media experience and placements.

Aspiring writer and broadcaster Natalie, who is in the final year of her degree, said: “I feel privileged to have won the award and I am extremely grateful towards the judges who selected me.

“I have worked extremely hard over the past 3 years at university and have built up a varied CV, including a month’s work placement at BBC Crimewatch, The Sun TV Magazine, North One Television at Fifth Gear, Hope FM and BBC 5 Live.

“I interviewed Daniel Craig on Radio 1 and was also interviewed on Greg James’ radio show.”

Second year BA (Hons) Events Management student Nicolle Chainey won the Rising Star of the Future Award, sponsored by Ageas 50.

Nicolle, 21, combines studying for her degree with working as an Assistant Wedding and Event Planner at Bellissimo Weddings & Events, based in Bournemouth.

She was nominated by Melanie Kiani, Director of Bellissimo Weddings & Events, for the award, which recognises achievements in the early career stages.

Angela Fletcher, Managing Director at Rock Recruitment, created the awards. She said: “Meeting these people at the start of their careers, who have already accomplished many things and have clear ideas of what they want to achieve, has impressed and inspired me”