March 2020

Exciting new opportunities for events students as UCB teams up with GL events UK

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Events management students at University College Birmingham will have the chance to learn and work alongside leading event professionals as part of an exciting new industry partnership.

UCB has teamed up with GL events UK to provide students with a combination of hands-on experience, skills and expert insight into the events industry.

The firm is one of the leading suppliers of temporary infrastructure for a wide variety of major events throughout the UK, providing temporary infrastructure and overlay solutions for famous sporting events such as the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and The Open Golf Championship, as well as the Hay Festival and live TV productions such as ITV's The Voice and BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

The new partnership will see senior leadership figures within GL events sharing knowledge and experience with final year students in the classroom as well as providing input into shaping course content.

Students will also be able to undertake on-site experience opportunities with the company across its portfolio of major sporting and cultural event collaborations.

Nic Pioli, Assistant Dean at University College Birmingham's Business School, said: "We are delighted with this new partnership and the benefits it will bring for our students.

"Working with our events lecturing team, GL events UK will have a major impact upon the industry relevance of events management education at the University.

"With the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham fast approaching, this is an exciting period for the city's events sector, as well as University College Birmingham and our events students. This partnership will serve to engage our students further into the real world of events work, as well as giving them access to the minds of industry leaders at GL events UK."

The agreement is part of GL events UK's 'Pay It Forward' initiative, which aims to create positive legacies in local communities and allow the company and staff to 'give back' in a meaningful way.

GL events UK Managing Director Scott Jameson said: "As a major global player in the events industry, we have a duty of care to help nurture the next generation of event professionals.

"Our team, our clients and our partners have so much experience and we are keen to communicate this and add additional practical value to the students we work with.

"Legacy and community engagement is something that GL events has always supported strongly, especially as part of our delivery of major projects, where the creation of a lasting benefit is so important. We have worked with universities and colleges in the past, so we are taking it to the next logical step."

University College Birmingham has established excellent connections with industry partners across a wide range of sectors including events and tourism, providing students on our specialist vocational courses with a wealth of opportunities for industry engagement, work placements and even employment.

Find out more about our events courses, such as our BA (Hons) Events Management degree, or explore the full range of courses on offer at our Business School here. You can also follow the latest updates from the school on Twitter.

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