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Accreditation Is Big Event For University

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Date posted: 15 October 2012

Students and lecturers on the University of Derby Buxton's Events Management degree are celebrating after the course was officially accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.

The University's Events Management degree, which can be taken as a single or joint honours programme, was recognised for its emphasis on providing real world learning opportunities. As well as industry placements students also get frequent opportunities to manage large scale commercial events at their Campus's Grade II* Listed building, the Devonshire Dome.

This is the fourth programme offered by the University of Derby Buxton to be accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. Its Foundation degrees in Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, and BA (Hons) Hospitality Management programmes have enjoyed links with the industry's professional body  since they were accredited four years ago.

The University also subscribes to the Institute's Education Membership Scheme (EMS) providing its learners with free student membership and access to extensive resources and benefits.

Julian Robinson, Programme Leader on the Events Management degree, said: "We are so delighted to be accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. This tells our prospective students that we are committed to giving them the best experiential learning possible, grounding theory in frequent opportunities to test and develop their skills at large events."

"This year many of our Events Management students were involved in aspects of the Olympic Torch Relay as it made its way through the Peak District, as well as a seated meal for 700 members of staff from the Chatsworth estate at their University Campus."

John Cunningham MIH, Director of Professional Development at the Institute of Hospitality, added: "Institute of Hospitality Accreditation confers on an organisation the international recognition of a quality standard. It gives students the assurance that the programme they are studying has been internationally benchmarked and is appropriate for professional career development within hospitality, leisure and tourism.

"We are delighted to see the University of Derby extending its choice of accredited qualifications, with the addition of an Honours degree in the exciting area of Events Management."

The Institute also sponsors a University prize, which is presented to a high performing student each year at the Annual Awards ceremony, which takes place this year on Saturday November 17.

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