March 2014

UCB wins award for industry engagement

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UCB have won an award for partnership between education and industry for their collaboration with Mitchells & Butlers at the PACE (Professional Association for Catering Education) and People 1st Learning and Development Forum 2014.

The award, received by UCB Deans Paul Russell (School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management) and Neil Rippington (College of Food), was related to many initiatives between UCB and Mitchells & Butlers. However, the main reason behind this accolade was UCB’s FdA Managing in Service Industries online programme – a tailored degree for Mitchell & Butlers’ operational managers, aiming to enhance their awareness of business operations as well as providing opportunities for career development. 

The degree modules have been tailored to reflect businesses, enabling employees to learn how to apply management concepts and theories to the pub and restaurant sector. The part-time programme features a range of activities such as podcasts, videos, slideshow presentations and study blogs. Support is provided by module lecturers and a dedicated programme manager tracks the progress of students, providing individual tutorial support both online and with on-site visits. The first-intake of 40 managers are now enrolled with UCB on this unique programme. 

The PACE and People 1st Learning and Development Forum 2014 (subtitled 'Employability: Professional Jobs for Professional People) runs from 12-14 March and is labelled as "The only forum and exhibition that brings catering educators and employers together from the UK hospitality industry".

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