Richard Behan

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Job title

Lecturer

Academic qualifications

PCET, MA Tourism Destination Management, BA (Joint Hons) History and Sociology, FHEA

Telephone

0121 604 1000

Profile

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and recent winner of the Spotlight on Great Teaching Awards. I am an experienced lecturer with expertise in developing industry-relevant tourism and aviation programmes which focus on collaboration, employability, diversity, reflection and independent learning.

I take an active role in following the wider academic community and the major players of both industries to contextualise my teaching with up-to-date industry informed news and guest speakers facilitating employability opportunities for students. I am proud to be a member and sit on the Institute of Travel and Tourism Education and Training Committee who support me in shaping tourism and aviation education with industry practice.

I am committed to engaging in academic research and scholarly activity that contributes to the profile, reputation and operations of the faculty. Scholarly interests include disruptive innovation in tourism, managing human factors in aviation, development of health and wellness tourism, regulation of social media and the impact of terrorism on tourism flow patterns.

Teaching

I am responsible for overseeing the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students studying for a BA / FDA in International Tourism Management and Aviation and Airport Management across a variety of Level 4-7 modules. I am the year manager for first year BA students studying International Tourism Management and lead on a number of modules across the different year groups for both Tourism and Aviation degree programmes.

Research interests

I am committed to engaging in academic research and scholarly activity that contributes to the profile, reputation and operations of the faculty. Scholarly interests include disruptive innovation in tourism, managing human factors in aviation, development of health and wellness tourism, regulation of social media and the impact of terrorism on tourism flow patterns.

External engagements

I represent University College Birmingham on the Education and Training committee board for the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) and West Midlands Growth Company Regional Tourism Board.

Department of Hospitality and Tourism

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