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Events Management students announced as Eventice finalists


Two Leeds Beckett University Events Management students have been shortlisted for the prestigious Eventice Awards taking place 28 February - 2 March at the International Confex held at the Olympia in London.

Laura Barron and Lewis Manson will be put through their paces over three days, where they will undertake various activities in a bid to showcase their ability to multi-task, organise, lead, project-manage, negotiate, network and present. They will compete against 16 other individuals from 11 universities across the UK. The winners will secure themselves employment with high-profile events companies in the UK or abroad.

Laura Barron has gained extensive experience in venues and hospitality and has volunteered at festivals as well as working as a teaching assistant. Speaking of being selected as one of this year’s finalists she said: “I am really looking forward to The Eventice and am excited to see what tasks they give us to do and to get involved. It would be great to win but I am hoping to learn new skills and enjoy the networking experience.

Two of my good friends Joanne Thomas and Jenny Homer where lucky enough to win the Eventice in 2015 and secured jobs with DMG Events in Dubai. Hearing about their experience and how much they enjoyed competing was what inspired me to take part.”

Lewis Manson is President of Leeds Beckett Student Union’s Events Society and has gained professional experience at Glasgows, based in the North West and Jane Clynes Events.  

Lewis added: "I heard about the Eventice in my first year and always knew I'd apply; it's essentially a once-in-a-life-time experience. I love to compete and there's no platform quite like it in terms of getting yourself in front of as many industry professionals as possible at the same time.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to win or at least make it to the final five, but more than that I'm just hoping to network and make some great industry contacts and friends, have fun and represent myself as best I can."

Glenn Bowdin, Head of UK Centre for Events Management said, “We are proud to see that, for the fifth year running, our students have made it through to The Eventice finals and wish Laura and Lewis the best of luck. The Eventice Awards provides an exciting showcase for graduate talent finishing their events management degrees over the next few months.” 

Leeds Beckett University students have a history of success at the awards, which saw alumni Joanna Thomas and Jenny Homer joining DMG Events in Dubai in 2015.

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