Derby Graduate In Running To Be Crowned Spontaneity Champion

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Derby Graduate In Running To Be Crowned Spontaneity Champion

Date posted: 7 January 2014

A Derby graduate is down to the final 10 in a national spontaneity challenge.

Back in November, travel website launched a hunt for its first ever 'Spontaneity Champion'. Hundreds of the most spontaneous travellers and life loving hopefuls entered and have now been whittled down to an impressive group of 10, including Ilkeston lad and Derby graduate Calum McSwiggan.

The winner will be announced on the 21st of January 2014. They will have the enviable task of immersing themselves in up to £50,000 worth of free travel and experiences, inspiring others to cancel their plans, ditch the guidebook and see where their free time could truly take them.

"People have said some really nice things about my entry. I'd love nothing more than to win! I especially would like to treat my best friend to a trip as she's been so supportive. Maybe to Tokyo!" said Calum, 23, who graduated from University of Derby in 2011 with a First Class honours degree in Creative Writing and now works in social media in London.

"I'd also like to do some local travel, writing and making videos about Derbyshire and the surrounding areas. I'm proud of where I come from - we've got some real gems in the Midlands."

Calum reached the final stages of the recruitment process with his cheeky and spirited 60-second video explaining why he is the best person for the job and his mission now is to secure as many votes as possible.

To support Calum's campaign you can vote by visiting, and follow his success on Twitter: @CalumMcSwiggan. Voting closes on January 15, 2014.

The 10 finalists have been chosen by expert judges including Simon Reeve, an award-winning travel documentary maker who launched the University of Derby Buxton's BSc Ecotourism degree in July 2013.

Among the other judges are Melinda Stevens, Editor of Condé Nast Traveller magazine; Neil Buchan-Grant, British Travel Press Photographer of the Year; and Daniel Robb, Head of Travel Google.

More details of the University's Creative Writing courses can be found at


For further press information please contact Alice Oliver, University of Derby Head of Corporate Relations, on 01332 592032 or email:

Calum is available for radio interview. To arrange, please contact Laura Williams on 0207 6315180.

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