Laura Locke has had a range of industry experience in the tourism, event and media sectors prior to becoming Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Suffolk Business School, of University of Suffolk.
Her early career in Travel and Tourism commenced with Townsend Thoresen Car Ferries and the launch of the passenger ferry routes between Felixstowe and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Initially she was a courier on European tours and subsequently she became manager of the inclusive tours department at Felixstowe. She made a departure into retail travel as travel consultant and then as office manager at East Anglian travel agency chain, John Hilary Travel.
She returned to learning as a mature student after having her two sons, and gained a 1st class BA Hons. Media and Literary studies at Suffolk. On graduation she gained a position as news editor for the Suffolk and Essex Business Magazines at Archant.
Her journey into education commenced in 1999 when she joined the Centre for Educational Application of Telematics (CREATE) at Suffolk as Research Officer and tutor/facilitator and subsequently she became e-learning lecturer for Suffolk Institute of Technology. She also worked on the Project for a University for Suffolk and managed events and PR projects for CREATE and SIT
She became a lecturer in the Suffolk Business School following qualification with a PGCE and taught on work-based learning Foundation Degree programmes Employment Based Independent Studies (EBIS) and Leadership and Management, on which programme she became Course Leader.
She became Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA Hons. Event and Tourism Management and managed the programme through a period of significant change, and also is proud to have supported the project for independence of the University of Suffolk.
Laura is a great believer in celebrating the value of action learning, and managed the Suffolk Business School Conference series with teams of undergraduate students over a period of more than a decade, in partnership with a range of professional stakeholders including Trinity Park & the Suffolk Agricultural Association, Jacob Bailey, and Visit Suffolk, and Visit Ipswich.
She gained her MA in Arts Management in 2015 and is passionate about the benefits and contribution of the arts to the economy and well-being of the community, in particular the performing arts and is a Trustee of the Eastern Angles Theatre Company. Her research on Women in leadership in the arts and cultural industries unearthed that significant inequalities are still to be addressed and she is a keen advocate of the need for partnership between the genders in order to attain gender balance in all sectors of business.
She is delighted to be continuing her teaching of Events and Tourism Management at University of Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds and to be a Visiting Fellow at Suffolk Business School, Ipswich and to be able to support and contribute to the continued growth and success of the University and its students and graduates.