Megan Johnstone with her award-winning dissertation.

The future looks bright for a University of Chester graduate whose dissertation on enhancing solar energy efficiency and wider degree work has earned an engineering and technology award.

Megan Johnstone, who studied Mechanical Engineering, received an award from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) for her first-class dissertation on an increasingly important area of research – and for outstanding efforts during her three years at the University.

She’s excited about her next steps, knowing that her degree and achievements while studying have put her on the right path to becoming an Officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – and are contributing to global efforts to improve the environment.

Talking about her award-winning dissertation, she said: “Solar cells are a well-known technology for harvesting energy from light. Although they are effective, the ability to improve solar cells is always available, with room for improvement and efficiency gains to be made.

“My dissertation focused on improving light scattering to increase photon capture, leading to increased efficiency and reduced manufacturing costs while minimising surface damage.

“I was really proud that the project worked in practice. After many hours in the laser lab and analysing data it’s very rewarding to achieve a successful result.”

She added: “I actually didn’t know I was nominated for the award until I found out I had won, which was a massive surprise and I felt so honoured that my supervisor Simon felt that my work deserved a nomination.”

Megan explained that looking back, she’d definitely made the right choice in her course of study – and thankfully it had been an easy decision.

“I grew up in a military background, with my family working in engineering – and science has always been my strong point of interest so studying mechanical engineering was almost a given.” 

She continued by outlining that she couldn’t have achieved all she had without the support of others at the University.

“Throughout my time at University, Dr Simon Hodgson has been a major help, with not only my dissertation, but also with other aspects of the course. He always guided me in the right direction when I got off track or confused, but always let me have the chance to work out the answer.

“My PAT (Personal Academic Tutor), Dr Paul Folan, was also a big help throughout the three years.”

During her degree course, Megan also undertook two placements, one in a factory that produces specialised gearboxes, where she was designing, and another in a company that produces RF (Radio Frequency) equipment, where she was creating automated codes for mechanical processes. 

She really enjoyed the placements, choosing areas of particular interest.

“For new students I would suggest to always go out and look for a placement somewhere you would like to be. A placement that you don’t enjoy is no use to anyone so always aim for what you think you’ll enjoy,” she said.

But Megan’s achievements at University did not end with her academic studies, and included being part of the University rowing team for three years, competing in numerous races.

Reflecting on her University experience and offering advice to others, she added: “Never underestimate yourself. Always strive for the best and as long as you give it your all, that’s all that matters.”

Student Mia Cooper

From raising awareness of skin cancer in ethnic minority groups to the need to recycle mobile phones, students are aiming to make a difference by highlighting health, crime and environmental issues.

During the next few weeks, Media, Music and Performance students will research and bring attention to a range of issues as part of their Experiential Project in Media module, while adopting the University strategy Citizen Student approach.

They will work on real-world briefs – looking into and producing both digital and printed materials to place the spotlight on the pressing subjects.

Set by D&AD (Design and Art Direction), a global educational organisation promoting excellence in design and advertising, other subjects include knife crime which UK Government figures show to be on the rise.

They will also look at ways to encourage people to recycle and re-use old mobile phones, with increasing options now available, and with May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, they will raise awareness of skin cancer in ethnic minority groups. Although minority groups are at a lower risk of developing skin cancer, when it occurs, they are often diagnosed at a later stage and, as a result, have a worse prognosis.

In the true spirit of the Citizen Student culture, the Experiential Project module encourages students to take control of the briefs, actively applying the skills and capacities they have developed – and to discover new abilities.

For the module, the students will be based at the COVID-secure Warrington site from Monday, April 19 for five weeks.

The module tutors, Dr Chris Hart and Dr Kate Sillitoe, Senior Lecturers in Advertising, said it was important to give students the opportunity to work on a ‘premium, purposeful, personalised’ experience of tackling real issues and problems.

Dr Hart said: “Modules such as Experiential Project in Media alongside vocationally oriented academic programmes such as Advertising, Photography, Radio and Media Studies provide concrete experiences for students to develop resilience and lifelong learning behaviours.

“And by working on social issues, with real-world briefs, producing messages that talk to their generation, students will see the impact their learning and application of their skills can have on the wider world.”

Digital Photography and Media Studies student Mia Cooper added: “The Experiential Project in Media module is beneficial in enabling students to work on the sorts of tasks we might look at as media professionals in the workplace, with specific requirements and time-frames, providing invaluable experience for our next steps in employment.

“With support from lecturers, the module requires students to not only create but encourages them to think about the task at hand and work with others to take responsibility to deliver high-quality work.

“I’m looking forward to being challenged creatively, not to just rely on what I know but to learn and develop over the duration of the course, and help raise awareness of important issues.”

Budding physicists, or those with an interest in science, are invited to join a free webinar series organised by students of the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University.

The Physics Student Seminar Series is being organised by students on the BSc Physics programme and is supported by the Institute of Physics (IOP), which is the professional body for physicists in the UK.

The students invite experts to give a 45-minute webinar in modern areas of Physics that are not covered in the University curriculum, to expand their knowledge and understanding further in a wide range of topics. At the end of each webinar there is a Question and Answer session divided into two parts – scientific questions related to the webinar and career prospects in the scientific field of the invited expert. The sessions are aimed at those who have a grounding in Physics already – from first year undergraduate level and above.

On Tuesday, April 20, Professor Dimitra Darambara will deliver the next webinar which is related to novel applications in medical physics and cancer research. Places are free and can be booked here.

Professor Darambara is a Senior Team Leader at the Joint Department of Physics, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, where she established the team of Multimodality Molecular Imaging. Earlier in her career she held senior research positions at Yale University, CERN, UCL and University of Surrey, always sponsored by prestigious personal research career development fellowships.

Her research interests focus on the conceptual design, development, system-level performance optimisation and realisation of emerging medical imaging techniques and innovative instrumentation for precision and quantitative molecular imaging. This will influence the next generation of healthcare hardware in close collaboration with major healthcare manufacturers, radiation detectors and the electronics industry.

The previous seminar in the Series focussed on accelerator science and its relevance to society. It was given by Professor Carsten Welsch, who leads the QUASAR group at Daresbury Laboratory, and was supported by IOP Wales, the IOP North Wales and Cheshire Centre, and the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the University of Chester.

Third-year Physics students Alexandra Hammond and Georgia Tierney, have been organising and hosting the events.

Alexandra Hammond
Georgia Tierney

Alexandra explained that helping to organise sessions has broadened her career goals as well as taught her valuable new skills. She said: “I’ve enjoyed organising the Series because it’s given me the opportunity to reach out and communicate with experts in various fields of Physics. I’ve also learned a lot about the type of research that’s being undertaken by these experts – and being able to talk with them about it and gain a more in depth understanding of their objectives has been really interesting.

“By taking part, I feel I’ve improved my communication and organisation skills, especially since the talks are taking place remotely during the pandemic. Ensuring that everything lines up and technical issues are foreseen and dealt with swiftly has helped my problem solving and taught me how to manage the challenges that a pandemic brings to these types of events.

“The Series has broadened my horizons in terms of what types of career paths I could follow, from research to industry. It has also introduced me to the types of research physicists are currently working on, and how these could be incorporated into a Master’s project and beyond, should I decide to continue with further study.”

Georgia mentioned that the event was a very positive experience for her. She said: “Hosting the last webinar allowed me to gain an insight into fields of Physics that I am not so familiar with, such as Nuclear Physics and the work being conducted at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It made me more confident in speaking to a group of people that I did not know, and the environment was relaxed enough for myself and other students to feel comfortable asking a range of questions about topics that sparked our interest during the seminar. This experience was definitely enjoyable and helped me to find a range of resources to help in planning my future aspirations and career.”

Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos, Programme Leader for BSc Physics, Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, who is supervising the Series, said: “I am so proud of our students for organising these wonderful webinars! Engaging with experts at this level means that undergraduate students are able to have a glimpse of frontier research and relate to recent advances in a wide range of Physics fields; participate on events supported by their professional body such as the IOP; expand their professional network and seek up-to-date career advice from academic and industrial experts in their respective fields. It also provides a friendly platform for people who have a passion for Physics to come together and share ideas and knowledge during the pandemic.”

Charlotte Meenan
Charlotte Meenan who achieved the highest grade for the End Point Assessment.

The first cohort of a pioneering degree apprenticeship has set the bar high with top grades achieved across the board.

The students completing the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) have all gained Distinctions and Merits in their End Point Assessment after being awarded Firsts and Upper Seconds in their degrees.

They have overcome challenges posed by COVID-19, in both their workplaces and studies, to excel and look forward to a bright future.

The University of Chester was one of the very first to launch the CMDA in September 2016, enabling people to earn while they learn. Run by the University’s highly acclaimed Centre for Work Related Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the course provides the opportunity to work in some of the region’s leading organisations while studying.

Uniquely in the UK, apprentices who complete the course at Chester not only gain a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Leadership, but also the highly valued ILM Diploma at Level 4, 5 and 6, as well as the achievement of Chartered Manager status.

Having attained outstanding degree results in 2020 – seven First Class and two Upper Seconds – the students registered 100% End Point Assessment success this year, with more than half achieving Distinctions and all others a Merit.

Bob Meakin, Programme Leader for the CMDA at the University of Chester said: “These results are truly excellent and, in the context of COVID, quite remarkable.

“The first cohort are a credit to themselves, to their employers, to their tutors and mentors, and to the University as a whole. I wish them all the success they deserve in their future careers.”

Student Emilia Hoyle added: “It is with great pride, I have completed my Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship, and receiving a First and Distinction makes all the hard work worth it.

“The skills and experience I have gained during the course have enhanced the quality of my work and I have developed as a person. My degree has catapulted me to the next level of my career.”

CDMA Apprenticeship Undergraduate Students ILM Diploma Presentations, Queens Park Campus
Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship students celebrating their success at ILM Level 5 with staff in July 2019.

Students are sharing their creative skills in a blossoming partnership with a Community Interest Company.

Art and Design students are supporting projects run by Incredible Edible Knowsley which works with and for the community, growing food across Knowsley in public areas. The project not only produces healthy food for the community but also brings communities of the Merseyside borough together, through supporting each other, making friendships, therapeutic horticulture and wider activities.

Incredible Edible Knowsley aims to: reduce food poverty; reduce isolation and loneliness; improve health and wellbeing, improve the environment and educate.

The first project the Art and Design department and CIC have teamed up on is the development of the identity for its new Horti-Culture project, run with fellow Community Interest Company, ArtsGroupie.

The new Horti-Culture project logo, designed by University of Chester Graphic Design student Russell Hannick.

Student Russell Hannick has designed an eye-catching logo for the project which the Incredible Edible Knowsley and ArtsGroupie teams are thrilled with.

With a headquarters at Court Hey Park, when permitted as part of the roadmap out of lockdown, the Horti-Culture project will deliver a blend of growing and creative workshops, combining growing from soil to fork with the arts, including story-telling, writing, blogging and much more using horticulture. In the meantime, the team has put together some sessions that can be completed by families safely at home.

Associate Professor Bernadine Murray, Head of Department for Art and Design at the University of Chester said: “It’s important for us to support projects like Incredible Edible Knowsley which is contributing in an invaluable range of ways to the community.

“We’re really enjoying play a part in helping them to achieve their aims – and our students benefit too by practising their art and design skills, working with groups outside the University to provide experience alongside their academic studies.”

Student Russell Hannick

Student and designer Russell Hannick said: “I really enjoyed working with the Incredible Edible team to help make the logo for the project; combining two concepts to make a logo which worked well for both sides was a fun and challenging design project. It was a friendly, exciting and professional experience working with them.”

Karen Mower, Director of Incredible Edible Knowsley added: “I would like to say a big thankyou to the Art and Design department at the University of Chester for all their support with our project at Incredible Edible Knowsley, and supporting us with design work for our new project that we have created together with ArtsGroupie.

“The Horti-Culture logo is fantastic and we love it; well done to Russell Hannick who I am sure has a bright and successful future with talents like this. We are looking forward to continuing working with the Art and Design department at the University, brilliant work and lovely people.” 

For further information on Incredible Edible Knowsley, please visit: http://knowsleycommunityhub.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/IncredibleEdibleKnowsley.

More details about ArtsGroupie, which promotes and provides access to the arts in the north west and beyond, are available at: https://www.artsgroupie.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/ArtsGroupieCIC.

To see more of Russell’s work, please check out: www.instagram.com/rusky.

Do you have a new business or idea for a venture? Could a share of £5,000 plus business support prizes give you the boost you need to grow your enterprise?

Then you might be keen to know more about the Venture Pitch 2021 – an event for University of Chester students this June.

Running over two days, you can benefit from sessions, masterclasses and talks; meet entrepreneurs, mentors, industry experts and business consultants – all there to support you with your new venture – and pitch your idea to a panel of judges.

Funding of £5,000 is available to be shared between at least five entrants who will be announced during a celebratory online Awards Ceremony.

You will also have the chance to win:

  • Office space within the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC).
  • A two hour Trade Mark Consultancy and a £200 cash prize, kindly sponsored by Forresters.
  • A professional photography shoot with Yam Kovatch Photography.
  • A branded merchandise bundle from A.M Custom Clothing.
  • A professional logo designed by Alex Franklin.
  • A start-up website designed by Alex Franklin.
  • One-to-one marketing consultancy and mentoring with Hems de Winter Consulting.
  • A Driving Social Media Success coaching package with Becs Bates, Founder of Social Media Executive.
  • A 2020 Apple iPad – 10.2″, A12, iPadOS, Wi-Fi, 32GB, Space Grey.
  • A 12-month membership of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, kindly sponsored by the Chamber.
  • A £400 Careers and Employability Enterprise Grant.

Every finalist shortlisted will also receive:

  • A £30 Amazon e-voucher to put towards books to help you develop your business.
  • An invitation to a Celebratory Evening which will be scheduled when we are all able to safely come together to celebrate your achievement.
  • A Business Club Card for the RIC.
  • A Venture Pitch graphic to display online.

The Venture Pitch 2021 will take place via Microsoft Teams on Monday June 14 and Tuesday June 15.

Kirsty Badrock, Entrepreneurship Co-ordinator at the University said: “The Venture Pitch is an annual event and during the past eight years we have supported more than 90 students to start-up their business, and awarded £47,000 to help grow new ventures.

“If you would like to get involved, win funding and business support prizes, and see your enterprise develop, make sure you apply online on CareerHub.”

To be eligible to pitch your idea, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are a current student or you graduated from the University of Chester.
  • You have attended at least 12 hours of The Venture Programme. If you have not been to any events you can demonstrate relevant attendance at career workshops, and self-directed research around business start-up, or watch the Venture sessions recorded this year.
  • You have a valid business idea or you are in the early stages of starting your business. You must not have been trading for more than 12 months.
  • You have not received start-up funding at a previous Venture Programme pitch event.

To apply, book a place and fill in a form on CareerHub at: https://careers.chester.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/919256/venture-pitch-2021.

Entrants are also asked to submit a business summary and a 60-second elevator pitch video to venture@chester.ac.uk by Friday May 14 at 12 noon.

Shortlisting will take place on Thursday May 20 and entrants will be notified of the outcome no later than Friday May 21.

If you would like any additional information, please email: venture@chester.ac.uk.

Read on to hear from a previous winner…

Sarah Richardson Case Study

The distanced but shared experience of lockdown living is one of the themes captured in images by Photography students who have used their ingenuity and digital skills to create virtual exhibitions displaying their work.

In previous years, second year undergraduate Photography students have organised exhibitions throughout Chester city centre after working together on a project for their Collaborative Practice exhibition module.

This year, their new brief coincided with the last national lockdown in January, but undeterred they came up with novel ways of collaborating with each other to produce three very distinct exhibitions.

One group shared photographs digitally, to create new hybrid images which focus on the connections between people in times of coronavirus and lockdown, showing ways everyone is bound together even though they may feel alone.

Another group noticed that while they were scattered between Wales, the Wirral and Chester, they were linked by water. They used their time for daily exercise to take photographs in their local area on this theme, with the exhibition again highlighting links between people and places.  

A third group challenged themselves to create striking portraits of family members or their social bubble, placing a spotlight on people they have close connections to.

The students have presented their work using the online exhibition platform Artsteps.com, and in doing so, have learned new skills in digital exhibition design. 

The exhibitions can be viewed at:

Kayleigh Quinn, second year Photography student, said the pandemic created several challenges in finding ways to collaborate such as communication and missing the experience of physically hanging work but they also learned new skills.

She said: “Working virtually on an exhibition was both challenging and beneficial.

“It was enlightening to me discovering the opportunity of creating my own exhibition space step-by-step within Artsteps, which could be customised to accommodate an audience and make them feel as if they were stepping into a real gallery. This was especially important to me as I know myself how much of a struggle it is being away from spaces you love during this time, especially if using them for inspiration.

“The time which I spent tweaking was the most important stage to me; I wanted the work to have the full coverage it deserved and the audience to have the best experience possible.”

Dr Tracy Piper-Wright, Deputy Head of Art and Design and Senior Lecturer in Photography added: “The students have demonstrated real ingenuity with their response to their Collaborative Practice exhibition module this year. 

“They have shown how their skills of exhibition curation and presentation for an audience can be carried into the online space with great success.

“I’m very proud of the students and would encourage people to have a look around the virtual exhibitions and see all that they have achieved.”

The Graham Shapiro Foundation Enterprise Challenge is open.

The challenge is on to find the students with the best business ideas as the University launches the 2021 Enterprise Challenge.

Run by The Graham Shapiro Foundation and ARCET Global, the competition offers the chance for emerging entrepreneurs from any degree discipline to have their ideas tested by a panel of business experts with an impressive pedigree of enterprise, and win £1,000 plus a mentorship programme.

On the panel are: John M Mohin OBE D.Univ, Chairman of Graham Shapiro Design; Alissa Koopal, Chief Executive Officer at Pennine Events Ltd; Rob McKay, Managing Director of Sherrington Associates; Martin Nolan, Business and Leadership Coach; Cody Gapare, Founder of multi award-winning C-Lash as seen by Eylure, and Joel Blake OBE, Business Leader, Entrepreneur and Public Speaker.

The Graham Shapiro Foundation Enterprise Challenge judges.

Founder Graham Shapiro, driving force behind The Graham Shapiro Foundation Enterprise Challenge, and Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Chester Business School, was clear about what the competition will achieve.

“The Graham Shapiro Foundation recognises the latent potential that young entrepreneurs hold, for themselves, the wider community and the greater good. Our objectives are clear: we want to give them every possible encouragement to realise their dreams.

“The Enterprise Challenge is focused firmly upon stimulating young people to step forward with confidence and take pride in their ambitions, by providing a strong incentive, one that will effectively transform vision into enterprise. Our goal is nothing less than to give them a taste of their own success,” he said.

Mark Hamill, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ARCET Global said: “As young entrepreneurs ourselves, we hope to provide opportunity and support to inspiring young entrepreneurs and business leaders. The awards will highlight new initiatives and ideas, encouraging, educating and empowering innovation as well as helping students to build their own future.”

The competition has been launched on behalf of University of Chester Business School, which encourages entrepreneurship as part of all its degree programmes and offers dedicated entrepreneurship courses.

Dr Connie Hancock, Head of Department for Management at Chester Business School added: “Graham Shapiro has provided our students with motivation and encouragement in their entrepreneurial endeavours.  

“He is 100% committed to nurturing young entrepreneurial talent and we are so grateful for his help as our Entrepreneur in Residence and with our Enterprise Challenge. Our thanks also to ARCET Global for helping to run our competition.”

Students can apply at https://arcetglobal.com/uc-enterprise-challenge/ with a closing date of May 3, 2021. They don’t need to have set up a business to enter.

Ten finalists will then be invited to submit a ten-minute video pitch of their idea and the winning student or team of students will be announced at a live-streamed virtual ceremony and win £1,000 plus mentoring from The Graham Shapiro Foundation for Innovation Enterprise.

The Graham Shapiro Foundation is a charity that supports mental health, well-being, innovation and young entrepreneurialism in the UK and ARCET Global is a leading provider of professional services.

Business students enjoyed the opportunity to build on their academic foundations when an industry leader from the world of construction presented the programme’s latest expert talk.

Sheryl Moore, Group Social Sustainability Manager for Kier, shared her knowledge and advice with Master of Business Administration (MBA) students, in an online session this March.

Sheryl Moore, Group Social Sustainability Manager for Kier, Master of Business Administration (MBA) students and Tao Chang, MBA Director.

Sheryl discussed the way companies are governed, and the responsibilities of businesses to society and the environment.

Kier is a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services and its purpose is to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. It is committed to delivering for communities and leaving a lasting legacy through its work.

Sheryl gave invaluable insights on corporate governance, responsibility and sustainability, explaining how Kier’s sustainability framework builds on the work it has previously undertaken in environmental protection and the creation of social value in the communities it works in.

Tao Chang, MBA Director said: “Thank you to Sheryl for a very insightful talk.

“Sheryl joins with other industry leaders who kindly give up their time to share their knowledge and experience with our students.

“Ensuring our students hear from business experts like Sheryl is an important part of supporting them to build their global network, test their creativity, challenge their perceptions and develop the management skills for international corporate success.”

Sheryl said: “I was delighted to support the MBA students at the University of Chester and share Kier’s Building for Sustainable World Framework, and how Kier’s actions have a positive impact on communities and environments in which we work.”

Student Uchenna Nnawuihe fed back how helpful the talk was: “Our discussion with Sheryl was very engaging; it provided a bridge between some strategic management concepts taught in class and actual application.

“Specifically, I gained insights into how a leading construction firm took steps to embed its corporate social responsibility initiatives into its strategy and how it monitors its effectiveness.

Students are celebrating their success in delivering a series of virtual community and charity events.

Attracting international audiences, the events were developed by first and second year BA (Hons) Events Management students as part of their studies between January and March 2021.

The second year Events Management students have raised £2,421 for charity through a range of online events as part of their Live Event module.

The events consisted of:

  • A cooking class where participants were taught by a professional Italian chef how to make bruschetta, pesto pasta and tiramisu;
  • A race night with a series of ‘races’ accompanied by tongue-in-cheek commentary;
  • A fashion quiz which included designer interviews, and
  • Music nights where up-and-coming DJs from the local region showcased their talents.

Due to these being hosted virtually, the profile of the audience increased dramatically with attendees from all over the UK, as well as from as far afield as Belgium and South Africa, tuning in and engaging with the events.

Callum Davies, a second year Events Management student said: “It has been a challenging year, but we have learned a lot about the different opportunities that exist in delivering an event.

“I never envisaged doing a virtual event before, but it worked so well, and we had great support from the public which has resulted in over £300 for our chosen charity, Mind.

“The opportunity to manage events as part of the degree is one of the main reasons I choose to study at Chester, as there are so many opportunities throughout the course, which has helped me improve my knowledge, skills and experience.”

Callum Davies, who organised the Music for Mind event with fellow students.

The first year Events Management students developed four online events as part of the annual University Diversity Festival. These included the subjects of managing mental health in lockdown, examining food poverty, and exploring the complexities concerning freedom of speech.

The students developed the concepts and content and marketed the free events to the University and wider community, with excellent attendance at all sessions. The events were designed to be interactive with the audience participating in discussions and informative quizzes.

Lauren Dowman, a first year Events Management student said: “It has been a really great experience to run a live virtual event as part of the Diversity Festival and have an opportunity to develop and deliver an event concept as part of our degree.

“It was hard work but really rewarding too, and I learned lots that will help me in my studies and future career.” 

Kathryn Leighton, Diversity Festival Organiser, commended the students: “This is the third year that we have worked with the Events Management students to help deliver some of the events for the Diversity Festival and this year has been the most successful yet.

“The students were fantastic in taking responsibility for their events and delivered these professionally on behalf of our community.”

Dr Tim Brown, Programme Leader for Events Management added: “Our students have adapted really well to the virtual environment and have gone above and beyond what was required of them, and as a result have had an amazing impact on our local community. The amount raised for charity is outstanding and will make a real difference to the charities that the students have supported.

“We imbed events experience throughout the degree as this helps to build knowledge and skills, as well as confidence, that aids our students upon graduation. We are also investing in technology and equipment for our students to enable more virtual and hybrid events to take place, as this is also one of the future directions of the events industry, and we want our students to be skilled in this area.

“Whilst the last 12 months have been challenging for the events industry there are clear signs that this is already starting to recover, and the work of our students demonstrates that the future will be positive.”