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Making a positive difference in the world

We have been creating successful graduates for almost 150 years. Many of these graduates have gone on to be sector leaders across the globe, whilst others have delivered world-class research and others teach the events, tourism and hospitality leaders of tomorrow.

We have a great record in providing the skills that our students need to transfer directly into the industry. Our graduates go off to work all over the world, managing events at major venues and working with leading hospitality and tourism agencies across the globe.

Together we have made a positive difference to the world of events, tourism and hospitality and this success continues today.

Find out more about our alumni community and how you can get involved.

Alexandra Witte

Alex joined ICRETH in 2014 as a doctoral research student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tourism Management. Alex is now a lecturer in tourism development and management at Hainan University in Haikou. Although she is based in China, Alex is employed by the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University.

Her PhD: 'A Mobile Ethnography of Walking Tourism on China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road' is an ethnographic study of walking tourism on the Ancient Tea Horse Road (ATHR) in Yunnan, China. It follows international and domestic walking tourists on the various trails associated with the historic trading network of the ATHR, exploring experiences and practices of the diverse communities of recreational and touristic walkers on these trails.

A subsequent associated commissioned project, Yunnan's Tea Horse Road Cultural Route Project, China, follows on from her PhD. This project aims to assess the possibility to establish a touristic route based on the old Tea Horse Road in the Pu’er and Xishuangbanna area in Yunnan, China. As part of the project, local surveys of the existing route network, tourist facilities and other attractions were conducted. The project further aims to consult local minority leaders on the project in order to involve local communities in the planning and management process. There is further a possibility that the project will lead to an application for UNESCO World Heritage in the category of cultural routes.

Alexandre Witte

UKCEM alumnae honoured at first Conference News 30 under Thirty Awards

Five alumnae from Leeds Beckett’s UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) were recognised as being amongst the conference and meeting industry’s top young talent by Conference News and eventtech specialists Cvent at an awards ceremony in London in October 2017. Heather Sharp, Rebecca Pryjdun, Rebecca George, Helen Simpson and Annie Metcalfe were all recognised at the awards. Annie, who studied Events Management and graduated in 2013 said,

“I’m thrilled to be recognised by my peers in this way, but I do attribute much of my success to the many people who have supported me in my journey.”

Read more  about Anne's story.


My Mountbatten Experience

“My experience and the opportunities gained at Leeds Beckett’s UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM), where I was President of the Events Society, completed a placement year, a study abroad semester in Australia, joined associations, volunteered endlessly and was shortlisted for the Eventice, lead to me securing my job with IMN, a conference division under the Euromoney company umbrella."

Lewis Manson

Lewis Manson

PhD by Published Work

“Being able to do my PhD at Leeds Beckett by publication was excellent - it gave me the flexibility I needed to combine my full time work with getting a qualification, and I was able to use my previous publications towards it. Leeds Beckett had staff that had experience on this format of PhD and were able to advise me well on how to prepare a credible PhD submission."

Read more about Xavier's story.

Xavier Font