MSc International Tourism and Events Management, 1st November 2023
So today I will introduce to you the programme team and the support you get at the University. I will also introduce you to the city of Glasgow and will give you a brief of how this programme will run and what you will study. So, let me first introduce to you the programme team. Our team members are highly qualified and well experienced in both academics and Industry also the diverse ethnic backgrounds of our team make our programme more International. Let me first introduce to you myself Dr Sunitha Haneef, I'm the programme leader for both one year MSc International Tourism and Event Management and the two years with professional practice I'm the lecturer in Events and Tourism, I teach both UG undergrads and postgraduates Master’s so the module I teach for Masters is Event Planning Marketing and Management Actually, I am Indian, but my experience is basically from Dubai, I was in Dubai for more than 15 years and my experience and teaching is actually with students from Multicultural backgrounds. We have Professor John Lennon, he is Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement at the University
and he is also the director of Moffatt Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development. He is teaching Revenue and Cost Management for Tourism, Events and Hospitality Industry, this is a finance-based module but it's not basically with the finance and accounts calculation but more of management side and he is Scottish in his ethnicity. We have another Scottish lecturer he is Daniel Baxter he's Assistant Head International he's the senior lecturer in Tourism and Events and he is teaching Designing Tourism and Event Experiences for Master’s students. We have Claire
Bereziat now that is GSBS Mobility Lead, and she is a lecturer in Tourism and her background is French and she teaches Destination Management. Another lecturer is Dr Nick Davies he is English, he is from England and he's the programme Lead for our undergraduate programme in International Tourism and Events Management he's also the lecturer in Tourism and Events, he teaches the module Sustainable Development for Tourism Events and Hospitality for MSc students. Next, we have Dr Jaeyeon Choe, she is a lecturer in Tourism and Events, she is also a team tutor with the Destination Management module along with Claire her background is South Korean. Then we have an Irish lecturer who is Michael O’Regan who's a lecturer in Tourism and Events, he teaches Designing Tourism and Events Experiences. We have Dr Pauline Bell she's also Scottish, she's a senior lecturer in Fashion and Marketing and she basically handles the module which is Master's Research Project and she's the module leader for the entire School of Business. Then
then we have Dr Kweku Bram-Larbi he's Nigerian, he is the one who handles all the Digital Design and all other digital aspects for our MSc International Tourism and Events Management. Then we have Lindsey Robbins, she's a PhD student, both Lindsey and Chrissy were previous students of Masters in International Tourism and Events Management, now Lindsey continues her PhD with us and she is a module tutor and she's Canadian. And we have finally Chrissy Ross he is an associate lecturer and module tutor with us he is also Scottish. So after seeing all our lectures you now know how diverse our background is, our lecturers their ethnicity and their experiences are from different countries this makes this programme completely International in its operation. Now the next question to you would be why study Tourism and Events? That would be your next question. You know studying Tourism can open up a number of attractive job opportunities, it
could be from becoming a travel agent or working in a hotel industry or hospitality industry, aviation events or many more. Every industry is either directly or indirectly associated with tourism so as Glasgow or I would say the UK in general is a very prominent destination for tourism you know what the opportunities are and how immense the opportunities would be available for the students here. Now, when I talk about the Events Tourism and Hospitality sector, basically in Scotland it is so vast and it is comparatively easy to find full-time or part-time work opportunities in the industry here and you can see here the event industry in the UK is worth £42.3 billion annually and you can see people regularly participate in some form of events and
destinations so that makes the industry so busy and that brings a lot of opportunities for the students, especially for international students, we have a lot of part-time opportunities. Now the next question, why Scotland? or why Glasgow? Scotland has a world-renowned education system and Scotland more than that is a world-renowned education system. We have basically more than 50,000 students from over 180 different countries that choose to study in Scotland every year. And Scotland is also a community of world leading researchers and innovators with a high rate of employment for graduates. Scotland is a country which is very relaxed,
welcoming and diverse with cosmopolitan cities. When I talk about Cosmopolitan Cities, Glasgow is one among that. Glasgow is one of Europe's most vibrant and diverse destinations and is recognized as a world class city to live, work, study and to visit. So, I can say
Glasgow is very unique and the city's warmth, humour, personality and especially the people, as I'm an international person I can say how welcoming and friendly the people over here are actually. The city's warmth, humour and personality compliment the world class culture, heritage, architecture, music sports and events. Glasgow is the National Geographic Travelers top 20 best of the world's destination, so these actually make Glasgow a unique destination to study, and also as I said Glasgow’s people are very friendly, I can tell you that the city was also voted for the friendliest city in the world in a Rough Guide poll and described as a most visited destination by the New York Times and the Guardian and Wanderlust. So, as I talked to you about how warm and welcoming the city is, the city attracts more businesses to invest other than the visitors, other than the tourist, Glasgow is a place for investors and as an outstanding tourist destination, it provides a lot of commercial opportunities and Glasgow is the gateway to Scotland. As you know that it is attracting a lot of businesses and lots of tourists you can imagine the job opportunities which Glasgow creates for the students both as part-time and full-time Now, the quality of dining and shopping. If
you are after some retail therapy Glasgow is second only to London for the best shopping experience in the UK, so Glasgow comes second when it comes to shopping. Glasgow also has world class cuisines, and the quality of dining is also really commendable. Now Glasgow’s culture: Glasgow is a city steeped in culture, you can see various artefacts and architectural features, monuments, museums, and whatnot in Glasgow. When I say culture it's not only the culture, it is actually a combination of culture and creativity, you can see a lot of creativity incorporated with the culture in Glasgow. Glasgow’s world class event venues. Glasgow is recognized as having the UK's best Convention Bureau and is one of the world's top five cities for sporting events and the SSE Hydro is the third busiest entertainment arena in the world.
Cost of living in Glasgow: Glasgow is named as the world's second most affordable city by Time Out 2022, if you are looking for an affordable place to live and study in, I would really say Glasgow is the best place in the UK. Katie can you please play that? Yep, we'll just get that playing now. There's just a couple of seconds delay and then it'll start. No worries.
[Music] As now you are familiar with Glasgow, the next question is: if Glasgow is the best city to live and study in the UK, the next question would be where in Glasgow? So here comes the answer for your question: that is Glasgow Caledonian University, so why Glasgow Caledonian University? Why GCU? if you want to choose GCU I can tell you that all our programmes are career focused programmes. We developed our programme, or we structured our programme, or designed our programme in such a way that it is basically aimed at the needs of the industry, and we offer a variety of innovative specialised courses that help you with your career and we have innovative teaching methods. All our teaching staff use innovative teaching methods, and we have a Virtual Hospital, High-tech Broadcasting Suite, Fashion Factory, Digital Simulations, International Learning Journeys even an online Second Life Campus. Glasgow Caledonian puts a lot of effort into helping you enjoy your programme and gain the professional skills and knowledge which employers want, or employers are looking for. We have Award-Winning Students Support, the facilities which we provide in the University such as our one stop information centre, support centres offering help with everything from borrowing laptops to getting council tax rebates, it's all helped us win the award for our students support including the Times Higher Education Outstanding Support for Overseas Students Award. Then the next is recognized for research. When I
say recognized for research, our staff not only in academics, they also do research parallelly and encourage the students to do the research along with the academics and for tourism we have the Moffatt Centre, which is the research centre which allows students to do a lot of research along with their studies. Our courses are designed for today's student, everything we design, for example from the highly affordable sports centre the ARC, the library, the health and recreation centres are all convenient and all on the single-site campus and we have the Saltire Centres, multiple PowerPoints, workstations, study areas, free Wi-Fi all over the campus, it's all designed with the students in mind. Then when I talk about our location and convenience, Glasgow Caledonian is a perfect place for students because it is located in a convenient location, it is easily accessible to everybody. When I talk about accessibility, we are actually very near to the Glasgow Central Railway Station, it's just walking distance, and we have another railway station, Glasgow Queen Street railway station. Our campus is located in front of Buchanan bus station, and we have a subway station also within walking distance. When I talk generally about Glasgow’s location, as I already said Glasgow is a very warm and welcoming city with vibrant live music, art scenes, jumping night life, accessible sports, spacious city parks, shopping centres and much more, it's all easy access. And I'm not actually forgetting about the
scenery or the world-class festivals or events. So, everything is within accessible distances from the University. Our programme has been developed along with the industry knowledge and needs, which I told you already. When it comes to the Events and Tourism subject area, we are the number one
University in Scotland for this Events and Tourism subject area, second in the UK in Times university ranking, and sixth in the UK in Guardian League tables. Now, our programmes are tailored to meet the needs of the Tourism and Event industry so as I said we developed the programme in such a way that it caters almost to all the needs of the industry, and we produce our students industry ready. We are developing skills that will make the students global citizens and industry leaders. When I say that we make global citizens and Industry leaders ,I know that not everybody could be industry leaders but I can assure you that once you complete our programme, everybody will be industry ready according to their specialisation as tourism gives you immense opportunity to work in several fields like hospitality, hotel management, aviation, travel agency, destination or events, by the end of the programme you will get to know which is the real field for you, which field will be better for you and that makes you industry ready and you can specialize in that. Then, when it comes to the learning approaches, as I already said we use innovative learning approaches. I should start with the simulations, so we use digital simulations and we have a lot of guest speakers and field trips for our students and we incorporate live projects in our modules, right now we are working on a live project to develop a destination called Irvine which is in Scotland so that destination is just basic resources, so our students are working with the project to develop it as a destination. This is for a seven year project, it's been 2 years now our students are working on that project, so it's a live project. Then we have
Event management digital platform, so for Event Planning, Marketing and Management, students will be using digital platforms, they prepare their venues virtually and they design the marketing and everything virtually, and finally, they put it as live events so that goes with a digital platform. Then we have industry site visits and internship opportunities for students. And all our modules emphasise on sustainability. These are some of the companies we have worked with. These are the live events conducted by our MSc students, you can see our diverse background of students. This is the hospitality training provided by us in collaboration with the Hilton, these are all sponsored by the University, the students do not need to spend anything for this, and we have Learning Journeys, this is also sponsored by the University. So, as you have seen all this, let's look at what support you can get at our university.
Regarding the academic support, if you are an international student, your background of study is entirely different from the system of the UK education. So many students I have seen in the beginning struggling with their assessments and the normal reading and writings and everything, and English is not the first language so they struggle with that as well, so we have a very supportive academic learning support team: the Learning Development Centre, they engage our students with group sessions or also one-on-one sessions for the students who need particular support for their studies, and they support you throughout your study period. There are academic development tutors, they provide additional learning support in areas of effective reading, listening, essay or report writing, exam revisions or exam techniques, it's mostly in Master’s we use online exams, then how to deal with plagiarism and referencing, how to do the presentations, these kinds of things. This LDC team actually supports our international students a lot. Next is personal tutor support. This is like advice, guidance, encouragement, help and support in any academic issues, any problem which is affecting your academic performance, or to help you to develop your personal academic or professional skills, or perhaps to discuss your career planning and employability. Currently for the MSc I myself act as a personal tutor as well, we provide employability and study skills sessions every week for the students as group session just to support students’ employability and study skills development. Apart from that,
if a student is having any issues in their academics or personal which is affecting their studies, they can actually get a one-on-one appointment with the personal tutor and personal tutors are always ready to help the students. We have other support, that's the Student Association, they help the students and the newcomers, and they always welcome students and if you have any kind of issues, professional support is provided by the university like counselling services or the university has a disability team, if you have any disability then you can definitely contact the disability team, they’re ready to help you. If you're suffering with any mental health issues, then you can contact the mental health advisors. So we actually have a very strong supporting team at the University for any sort of support you need and if you contact the team well in advance they will arrange, for example if you have any disability, if you contact the disability team they will inform all the module lecturers or all the module tutors about your disability so all the tutors will help you to overcome that disability and concentrate in your studies.
So now, if you want to choose this programme what is the structure of this programme, how is this programme going to run? This programme is divided into three trimesters for the one-year programme students, and for the two years professional practice students this is divided into four trimesters. If you join as a September intake, your programme structure starts with these modules: the first module, Designing Tourism and Event Experiences, Destination Management then Revenue and Cost Management then Ethics, Sustainability and Governance. So first two trimesters you study four modules in each trimester, the second trimester modules are Event Planning Marketing and Management, Sustainable Development for Tourism, Events and Hospitality, International Marketing, Planning and Strategy and Postgraduate Research Methods. If your intake starts in January then the January student start with this trimester, that
means you starts with Event Planning Marketing and Management, these four modules I'm not sure can you see the pointer here? We can't see the pointer unfortunately. I'm sorry. So, I would say basically Event Planning Marketing and Management then Sustainable Development for Tourism, Events and Hospitality, International Marketing, Planning and Strategy then Postgraduate Research Methods. So, if you are a January intake you will study first these four modules then you will move on to Tri A, that is Designing Tourism and Events Experiences, Destination Management, Revenue and Cost Management then Ethics Sustainability and Governance. Then after that you will move on to Tri C that is Developing Leadership for the Common Good then Master’s Research Project. If you are a 2-year Master student, after the completion of three trimesters you will move on to your professional practice placement, that will be in your year two. There are a lot of other details
about professional practice placement, due to the time constraint I'm not providing those details, if anybody would like to know more about that you can contact me directly email me, I am more than happy to get back to you. You can find us on various social media platforms, just plug in to social media for further useful resources and regular updates, but still, you will not be able to get all the deep details of the programme so if you want to get more, contact me. I'm sure that at Glasgow Caledonian University you will find super facilities, teaching excellence and a high-quality education with practical and industry exposure. Okay any questions thank you for your time.