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Events management at Leeds Beckett receives top accolade

World-leading expertise in events management at Leeds Beckett University has been recognised by the sector’s quality standards association.

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The UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) has secured its Centre of Excellence status – awarded by the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) - for another three years. 

UKCEM became the first Centre of Excellence recognised by ABPCO in 2016. To achieve this it had to adhere to strict criteria as well as produce an evidence pack showcasing achievements and expertise.

The process also required a commitment to the promotion of careers and research into future events.

Glenn Bowdin, Head of UKCEM, said: “The Centre of Excellence acknowledges our commitment to distinctive, excellent, innovative and industry-engaged events management higher education and research, which we have been providing at Leeds Beckett University for over 21 years.

“It also recognises the professional practice of our students, alumni and team.

“Our graduates are developing their careers in meetings and events. Many are in leadership roles where they are making a difference in the events industry, through addressing local and global challenges.”

Leeds Beckett was the first university in the UK - and among the first in the world - to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in event management. It remains one of the largest dedicated centres of its kind.

Professor Rhodri Thomas, Dean of the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management, said: “Our mission is to inspire and educate the events leaders of tomorrow.  We are delighted that our efforts have been rewarded in this way. It is a real feather in the cap of our events management academic colleagues.”

ABPCO is the UK’s leading organisation for professional conference and event organisers, industry associates and those studying for, or seeking a career, in the conference and meetings industry.

Heather Lishman, Association Director for ABPCO, said: “We feel that the Centre of Excellence status shows full support of our values: excellence, learning and belonging.

“We want to work with academic institutions that have a focus on the association and not-for-profit side of the business, and hope to see many of our full members of the future developing their passion for our industry whilst undertaking their academic studies at Leeds Beckett.”

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