The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme.
The Institute of Hospitality is the professional body for aspiring managers studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. It has been the industry’s leading network for more than 70 years, and it promotes the highest professional standards of management and education.
Many of our graduates from courses related to tourism, hospitality and events go on to work within these fast-moving industries. Job roles include events manager, heritage tourism manager, festival co-ordinator, exhibitions organiser and corporate events manager.
In addition, you will have a broad set of transferable skills that will equip you for a much wider range of graduate-level employment. Your course could also be a stepping stone to further study and research.
The course involves visits to a range of tourism and hospitality venues and initiatives. These visits are local to the North East, national throughout the UK, and international to destinations such as Dublin, Prague, Barcelona and New York.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course. Placements are generally paid, with an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.
We will support you at every stage of the placement process, from finding suitable placements, to checking that everything is going well, and to making a final assessment of your performance during the placement.
Recent placement employers include: IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.
A University adviser works with our students to explore employability skills, application skills, interview preparation and career opportunities. You will build up an employability portfolio that reflects your practical knowledge and experience.
To gain a greater understanding of other cultures, which is important for many roles in events management, why not consider continuing your course in another country for one or two semesters during the second year?
You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan).
It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme. This can be studied on top of your 120 credits or in some cases, can earn credits towards your degree.
Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme:
If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.
To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:
Tel: 0191 515 3751
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience:
- Work placements
- Graduate internships
- Studying abroad
- Student Ambassador Scheme
- Starting your own business
- Student jobs and volunteering
- Careers advice
For full details, please see our Employability page.
Graduate Christine talks about her experience at the University of Sunderland and her plans to start her own business: