Sport students participate in international management game in The Netherlands co-organised by BU staff
In April, Dr Tim Breitbarth, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, visited Hanzehogeschool Groningen, a Dutch Erasmus partner university of the sports group since 2012.
The extended visit was almost overdue since senior academic Gerco van Dalfsen, who is also the European Association for Sport Management General Secretary, visited Bournemouth in October last year, and is looking forward to another visit to the Southwest as part of the next International Week in October 2013. Also, the first student study exchanges between Bournemouth and Groningen are in the pipeline for the 2013/14 academic year.
The visit mostly revolved around the intensive international student management game hosted at Hanzehogeschool in cooperation with Bournemouth University, Coventry University and German Sport University. Overall, 140 students from 10 countries participated in the 5-day event.
After an application process, Shrehan Lynch (final year sports development), Andrew Imms (final year sports management), Oliver Fulljames and Jack Mogridge (both third year sports management) were selected to represent BU.
In mixed teams of six members, students listened to two major lectures per day and had to complete more than ten group assignments throughout the week. In addition, the students created a fundraising campaign for the university’s currently supported charity, Care4Kenya, and raised about 230 Euros on campus within just one hour. In order to foster informal networking, students also participated in cultural and sporting events.
Dr Breitbarth summarises the added value of such international study and work experiences: “Recently, we have started to add more inbound and outbound internationalisation to our programmes in order to enhance the value of our sport degrees. Shrehan, Andrew, Oliver and Jack benefited from the intercultural teamwork experience and learned much about themselves besides gaining new insights into sport event management issues from a range of international tutors.”
Besides extensive involvement in the management game, Dr Breitbarth discussed experiences with different teaching, learning and assessment formats with international colleagues and forged relationships with local and visiting academics that are expected to prove useful for upcoming conference and publication projects.
Hanzehogeschool is one of The Netherlands most modern university with 25,000 students and state-of-art – even arty – infrastructure, including some impressive sport learning and research facilities.Read More
ITT has recently announced that Bournemouth University has become the latest ITT Centre of Excellence.
ITT created the Centres of Excellence status to recognise leading universities keen on working particularly closely with the Institute.
Universities with Centre of Excellence status will be able to use a dedicated logo, receive support in organising industrial placements, have access to high level industry speakers, have access to senior industry figures for research purposes and will grant an annual ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award to a student identified by the university.
School of Tourism Dean Keith Wilkes commented “The School of Tourism at Bournemouth University aims to secure accreditation for all its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes by 2018 and recognition as an ITT Centre of Excellence is an important and much-valued part of the process.”
For more information on the benefits of being a ITT Centre of Excellence please see hereRead More
On Monday 3rd June, Debbie Sadd will be hosting a free “Social Media for the Terrified” workshop as part of the festival of learning taking place this June at Bournemouth University.
This interactive workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to find out more about how to use social media.
The half-day activity will comprise demonstrations, workshops and tutorials on different platforms of social media as well as the chance to ask any questions you have, in addition to developing personalised plans for using social media.
You are encouraged to bring mobiles, tablets or laptops with you to develop their social media usage, although we will have computers and other mobile devices available on the day.
This event is suitable for the general public, Charities and community groups as well as for professional development.
To book on to this free workshop please see here
The Festival of Learning will host over 100 events at BU from the 3-14 June 2013. For more information and to see what else is on please see hereRead More
Last week Rafa was awarded her PhD subject to some minor changes being made to her thesis.
Rafa’s PhD is titled “A critical analysis of the experiences of female business owners in the development and management of tourism-related micro and small handicraft businesses in an Islamic society: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”
Her PhD is about the power of structures ‘external socio-cultural-religious and business environment’ on the experiences of women handicraft business owners in developing and managing their businesses in a collectivist, Muslim, traditional and patriarchal society ‘The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’.
Congratulations to Rafa on this achievement!Read More
Students pass BiiAB personal licence certification course
Last week 14 of our School of Tourism students took the BiiAB personal licence certification course. Today we found out that all of them passed the course.
Passing the course allows the holder to apply for the very sought after personal alcohol licence issued by the UK government as part of the licensing act 2003.
This means that the holder is authorised to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol on licenced premises.
The pass mark for the course is 70% and all our students achieved above 80%, with one student, George Alback, Hospitality Management level I, achieving 100%.
Congratulations to all our students who took part in this course.Read More
Senior lecturer in Sports Management, Andrew Adams contributes a book chapter to the “Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy”
Senior lecturer in Sports Management, Andrew Adams has contributed a chapter to the “Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy” to be published in July 2013.
Andrew co-authored the chapter with his old colleague Iain Lindsey, from Edge Hill University.
The chapter titled “Sport Development and Community Development” critically analyses some of the important conceptual and policy themes that bind sport development to community development. First looking at the potential of sport to contribute to community development, its salience as a mechanism of policy and the processes underpinning this alignment of sport with community development. Second, we examine sport and its capacity to deliver in relation to community development and meeting broader policy themes, such as well-being, sustainability, community and civil renewal.
Overall the book introduces a diverse range of approaches to policy analysis across the full range of political and societal contexts, including developed and developing economies; state-centric, mixed economy and market-led systems, and both liberal democracies and political systems characterized by a dominant elite. It is arranged into five sections addressing the key topics and themes in the analysis of contemporary sport policy, including:
- theory and its implications for methodology
- globalization, governance, partnerships and networks
- elite sport policy
- development, sport and joint policy agendas
- sport policy and social theory.
With contributions from leading policy analysts around the world, including Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, this book is important reading for any student, researcher or professional working in sport management, sport development, sport and society, or mainstream public policy, policy analysis or social policy.
For more information please see here