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Buxton Student Takes Charge On Biggest Day Of The Year

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Buxton Student Takes Charge On Biggest Day Of The Year

Date posted: 6 November 2013

No-one at The University of Derby Buxton's graduation event on Saturday will know better than Elsje Hugo that you don't get success handed on a plate...

But the former Buxton Community School pupil says the challenge of being put in charge of catering for the biggest event in the academic calendar - even before she gets her own degree - is just what today's students need on their CVs.

Twenty-year-old Elsje, who came to Buxton ten years ago from South Africa, has been given the job of General Manager for the day - looking after the 900 guests and organising the 300 meals which will be served after her fellow students pick up their degrees.

That has included hiring fellow students as part of her eight-strong team, deciding on the menu, negotiating with local suppliers and checking every detail down to the right number of serviettes.

"The most difficult thing is thinking about the little things you have to do," said Elsje, who is in her second year of a degree in International Hospitality Management. "It's all about staying organised, which is the most important thing."

Elsje says the experience which the University gives students as part of its emphasis on real-world learning means they can progress seamlessly from Buxton right into the real world of work.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to be given," she said. "We have guidance, but they make sure we do it all as much as we can. I don't think we could ask for more, to be honest."

But her training, which has included events such as the Chatsworth Estate dinner for 900 people now held annually at the Dome, has made her so aware of every little detail that she can't switch off.

"I'm looking forward to my own graduation next year - but you're always looking for things that might go wrong. Hopefully I'll just be able to relax!"

For further press information please contact:

John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer
Direct dial: 01298 330461
Email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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