Buxton Students Host National Conference

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Date posted: 6 February 2013

A group of University of Derby Buxton students welcomed more than 70 students from around the country to their campus recently as they organised and hosted the National Student Event Conference 2013.

Students travelled to the University to hear from industry speakers at the 2013 Conference, which was organised by Buxton's BA (Hons) Events Management students as part of their degree programme, which has an emphasis on experiential learning.

Keynote speakers included Eric Stuart, a key organiser of the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay that preceded the Summer Games, and Annemarie Chebib, Managing Director at Select Security and Stewarding Ltd, who has worked as a crowd management consultant for the special events industry for over 15 years.

Second year BA (Hons) Events Management student Jakki Rossiter, 22 from Chelmsford in Essex, was part of a group who organised the Conference.

She said: "It's been a fantastic opportunity to gain experience managing a national event here at our own campus. Since October we have been organising this event, booking keynote speakers, marketing the conference and planning each detail. It is great to put this all into action and welcome so many delegates."

Julian Robinson, Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Events Management degree, added: "The conference was organised by our second year students who worked closely with the client to deliver the event successfully.

"This event provided an ideal opportunity for them to gain the necessary skills needed to be a professional event manager and showed potential employers what experience they gained whilst at University.

The high-profile speakers who so generously gave their time to this conference emphasised to the students the importance of gaining relevant work experience alongside academic study in order to compete in a competitive job market."

For more information on studying Events Management at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/business/hotel-resort-and-spa-management/events-management

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