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Confex student conference to map out event education

UKCEM team to deliver a half-day student conference during show

Leeds Beckett University lecturer Jackie Mulligan

Events management education will be brought to the fore at International Confex, thanks to a new partnership with the UK Centre for Event Management (UKCEM) at Leeds Beckett University.

The partnership will see the Leeds Beckett University UKCEM graduate-led Event Support Services team deliver a half-day student conference on day two of the show, on 3 March.

The team will also host an alumni, bringing together graduates from the last 20 years of event management education.

The UKCEM team will lead an initiative called The Big Conversation which aims to bring industry and academia together to visualise what skills, knowledge and education are needed for the sector in the next 20 years.

“This is a really important and timely conversation for our industry to be having when talent is top of the agenda, and we’re delighted to have the support of Confex in starting dialogue on what lies ahead in the next 20 years,” said Jackie Mulligan, principal lecturer and director of enterprise for UKCEM.

“We’re bringing together some of the most successful and inspiring individuals as part of our alumni, and putting them alongside event professionals and academics to get a 360-degree view on how industry and educators might collaborate and meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. It is a milestone to be 20 years on from starting events management at Leeds Beckett University in 1996. We now ask, what will the next 20 years bring and what might industry and education do differently?”

Liz Agostini, events director, International Confex, added: “Professionalism and new talent in the industry is a big talking point at the moment and one we wanted to provide a platform for at International Confex.”

International Confex runs from 2-3 March at Olympia London.

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