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MPI UK&I launches 2017 Vanessa Cotton Scholarship

This year’s winner will receive a one-month, paid internship with Reed Travel Exhibitions
11/10/2017

Pictured: The scholarship is in honour of industry veteran Vanessa Cotton, who died in 2010 after a battle with cancer

The UK & Ireland chapter of meeting professionals association MPI has launched the sixth MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, created in honour of industry veteran Vanessa Cotton.

The scholarship was created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious students, graduating from event management degrees and supporting their first step in to the meetings and events sector.

Following consultation with universities and industry, this year’s winner will receive a one-month, paid internship with ibtm world organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions.

Jane Baker, president of MPI UK and Ireland, said: “MPI has a long history of initiatives that encourages new talent to join the meetings and events sector. We’re delighted that this year’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship does that in a new way, with the opportunity to gain valuable, paid work experience with one of the industry’s leading players. We’re excited to work with Reed and grateful for their ongoing support of this programme.”

A panel of industry judges will shortlist the final three candidates from the entries submitted and representatives from Reed will select the winner. The judging panel will include Liz Quinton from CWT Meetings & Events, Ryan Curtis-Johnson from drp, Sam Coates from Keith Prowse, Nicola Weston from Slaughter and May, Sue Etherington from QEII Conference Centre, Nicola Alexander from Travel Alberta and Sue Munro, industry consultant.

Graeme Barnett, senior exhibition director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “Reed has supported MPI’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship since its launch in 2011 and we are proud to do so once more. Identifying the best new talent to join us is vital to our continued growth, and involving the winning applicant with the industry’s leading event, ibtm world, provides a win-win for all involved.”

Students on event management and related courses at universities across the country are invited to apply through the online portal: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpi-vanessacotton2017.

The deadline for entries is Friday 20 October 2017.



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