Senior Lecturer in Hospitality
Department: Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2041 6318
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC) in Hotel & Institutional Management and then worked in the hospitality industry for Bass, Marriott and Whit bread for a number of years, before moving into Sales & Training with a European company. I then decided to return to university and embark upon a PGCE, which I successfully gained from the University of Wales, Newport.
I began teaching at Cardiff Metropolitan as part of my PGCE teaching practice and then became a part-time lecturer before gaining a full-time position in 2007. I completed my MSc in Hospitality Management in 2006 with my dissertation focusing upon healthy eating for children within the hospitality industry and what children's menus in particular consist of and what is on offer for them. I am currently Year 1 tutor for the BA International Hospitality & Tourism Management programmes and module leader for a range of modules from undergraduate to M level including a core School wide module Managing People & Organisations which is also the focus of my research for my Professional Doctorate. This module deals with transferrable skills and the theories associated with them, and also gives the students the opportunity to put these skills into practice. As a level 4 tutor I am also involved with aiding the transition of our students from school to university which is of high priority to the university
I achieved a Teaching Fellowship from Cardiff Metropolitan (formerly UWIC) in 2007 to focus on research into the benefits of front-loading academic skills and how this could be integrated into the curriculum.
I arrange and run a number of high profile events both within and outside of the university which gives the students a wealth of opportunities to gain valuable work experience which builds their CV. The most recent opportunity was running the dinner for the world leaders at the NATO conference in Cardiff Castle alongside the head of the Government Hospitality where I took 12 students, 3 of whom cooked alongside a Michelin starred chef and 9 who served the 32 leaders including President Obama and David Cameron.
I also work closely with the university's Widening Access department and deliver courses for them, both out in the community and also at their annual summer school to give taster sessions on what is available to study at university and how these courses can be accessed.
I am studying for a Professional Doctorate (DbA) which is focused on: "Embedding soft skills into the curriculum to enhance graduate employability."
This research will focus on seeking out "best practice" that is implemented by other Management schools alongside the restructuring and re-modelling of a core level four module that runs school wide within Cardiff School of Management. It will also include interviewing employers to investigate their perspective on the skills that graduates are coming into the workplace with and what they would like to see along with the existing student cohort to gage their understanding of the term "soft skills" and their importance, alongside some graduate opinions from those who are in the workplace to highlight any potential skills gaps.