I use a mixed approach of lectures, seminars and interactive activities and I invite a range of speakers from the tourism, and related industries share their experiences. We teach in small groups, with the philosophy that students come to university with such a range of backgrounds and experience, and the classroom environment should value that experience and encourage dialogue, discussion, and problem solving.
I ensure that I am accessible and readily available for personal and academic support. I welcome opportunities to work with the students on live projects, such as charity events, business conferences, and tourism projects, so that we develop a mature professional relationship.
Our expertise in work-based learning on the programmes, has gained us an excellent reputation with a range of employers. Our students are offered internships, volunteer positions, and paid posts, to enhance their experience, and ensure they gain employability skills.
Many of our students gain employment after graduation with the organisations with whom they have worked while studying on the course. We believe that our support helps them to become business ready and the course-based practical experience coupled with their higher level learning means that they are proactive, flexible and able to take on responsibility and embark on projects without hesitation.
We are very proud that this year our programmes gained many scores at 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey, and 100% satisfaction overall. In 2014 we were 6th in the country in the Guardian league tables. We believe this was because we work very closely with our students; we get to know their passions, their strengths, and help them to grow. We also enjoy ourselves in the process!