Student success at the House of Lords


Students from UWTSD have been praised for their part in organising a prestigious event at the House of Lords.


Lucie Johnson (BA International Travel and Tourism Management), Luke Atherton, and Daniel Tate (both BSc Motorsport Management) were given the opportunity to do a work placement with the Motorsport Industry Association. They were tasked with assisting the MIA with organising a Summer Reception for industry professionals at the House of Lords.

Roger Dowden, Director of Motorsport at UWTSD, said: “I am really pleased that our students have been able to demonstrate the skills and levels of maturity required to properly support this type of activity. They really have been a credit to the university.”

Helen Jones from the MIA said: “The MIA has a great relationship with our member, the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) and we are delighted that each year a number of their Motorsport Management and Event Management students kindly volunteer their time to support on our larger events. Recently at the MIA’s Summer Reception at the House of Lords, 3 very enthusiastic students joined the MIA team to help ensure the successfully delivery of this event. They provided valuable support, worked extremely hard to help us set up the event in a short window, delivered the event and also had the opportunity to network with our guests from the motorsport industry, hopefully unlocking doors to their future careers. We really value our relationship with UWTSD and look forward to continuing to work with them and their students on key events throughout 2018.-19.”

Jacqui Jones, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer for Tourism and Travel Management, said: “This is the 2nd year that Tourism Students have worked with motorsports to help manage the MIA event at the House of Lords and has once again been another important opportunity for our students to gain highly relevant work experience. Lucie is an excellent 2nd year International Travel and Tourism Student who has successfully worked at a number of MIA events at both Silverstone and the House of Lords as well as undertaking a University Tourism and Hospitality Marketing project and taking part in an exciting European Educational Tour to Paris and Switzerland. These exciting opportunities provide our students with highly relevant experiences designed to develop their professional and employability skills in the Tourism, Events and Hospitality sectors.”

The opportunity was organised through the university’s Research Innovation and Enterprise Services (RIES), who facilitate collaborative working between academic disciplines and industry partners. Amanda Hughes from RIES said: “This has been a valuable and memorable experience for our students. Not only does it enhance their employability, it also allows them to put their studies into practice. The RIES Department has organised and supported many student internships over the past two years via our intern funding. It’s been a very successful initiative and we’ve seen many students offered paid work at the end of their placements. It is always exciting to see the students thrive – especially when they have the privilege of working on projects such as this one.”  

The MIA is the world's leading trade association for the motorsport, high-performance engineering, services and tuning sectors, with nearly 350 members operating across an international network of business contacts. They are the only Accredited Trade Organisation (ATO) for motorsport and work in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The university’s BA International Travel and Tourism programme involves studying Global Sports Events Management as well as Hospitality Management, Guest Services and International Travel Operations in order to prepare them for working within all sectors of the tourism industry including major sporting events, travel, conferences and conventions. Graduate Ewan Rees was Senior Events Manager and Assistant Sales Director at the Yas Viceroy Hotel, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix demonstrating the close link the programme has developed with Formula 1 Tourism.

BSc Motorsport Management is a management degree programme run by the university’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering. It has a specific focus on the motorsport industry and the proximity to the other degrees in the School of Engineering’s Logistics Portfolio enhances the focus upon the management of a chain of supply from the production of a racing vehicle to the spectacle of a race venue. In doing so, students proficient in such disciplines as Motorsport Management are able to exploit opportunities in this continually expanding industrial sector.

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