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Everything you need to know about studying Tourism, Hospitality and Events at Sunderland

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Published: 12 September 2017

Fancy studying Tourism, Hospitality and Events? The industry is booming, with employment expected to grow in the sector by 11% in the decade, more than double the UK average. Studying at the University of Sunderland will allow you to see the world, learn from key industry figures and get the real-life experience you need, along with much more. Senior Lecturer Nicole Mitsche outlines the host of features on offer here.

Students in a lecture theatre


Why should I study a Tourism, Hospitality and Events course at the University of Sunderland?

“We have one of the best Tourism departments in the country and we’re recognised for delivering a high-quality degree. We have an open door policy, meaning students can access members of staff anytime they want. We have a personal approach and we care how our students perform and about their welfare.”

Will we be given opportunities to learn outside of the classroom?

“We don’t believe that teaching purely in the classroom and lecture halls is the most effective way to learn. We try to take students outside, on either local visits to businesses or institutions or invite guest speakers from the industry.”

Will we go on field trips and how helpful are they to our course?

“We take field visits abroad. In the second year, we go to Europe and this year we went to Barcelona. In stage three, we’ve travelled to New York for the past few years, because the trip has been so positively received by students.

“Our trips abroad always have a Tourism or Events topic attached to them, so students will learn while they’re out there. It’s not just a fun trip, we visit events and tourism companies out there, receiving a lot of practical knowledge. It’s very exciting and gives students a lot of insight into the industry. It’s a brilliant experience.”

“We have one of the best Tourism departments in the country.”

What can I do at Sunderland to make my mark and stand out from the crowd?

“Take the opportunities that are available on the course and through industry placements and volunteering. Also, use the support that we put in place and use the careers service, not only for the three years you’re here but after you leave as well. Students that take these opportunities are often successful.”

What sort of environment will I be working in?

“One of the great things about studying and working here is that we have a lot of variety and diversity in our student population. I think we have one of the nicest student cohorts you can have. Everything here is constantly moving, we never stand still and are always changing and improving the course and working on ideas. I personally have a passion for Tourism and my colleagues do as well. We enjoy working together and enjoy working with students, so it’s a happy environment to be a part of.”