Oxford Brookes' Department of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Management has re-launched as the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at an event at The Savoy hotel in London.
Oxford Brookes’ Department of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Management has re-launched as the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at an event at The Savoy hotel in London.
This follows an award from the Savoy Educational Trust of £600,000 to the department. With government match-funding the grant rises to £900,000 and is one of the biggest awards the Trust has ever given.
The funding will support the creation of a student learning space housed within the Oxford School of Hospitality Management that will include a student board-room, areas for undertaking group-work, a ‘learning-lounge’, and cafÃ©.
Two-hundred guests gathered for a reception at The Savoy to hear Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, outline plans for the period that lies ahead. These are focused on the continued enhancement of the student experience, excellence in research and strengthening links with industry.
He commented: “As we re-launch as The Oxford School of Hospitality Management we are reasserting our number one priority – the quality of the learning experience for our students. We will now be able to offer facilities that are absolutely fit for purpose, which provide a work environment that empowers students and encourages them to adopt a professional approach.”
Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said of the generous award: “We can create world-class facilities for hospitality management students. The Savoy Educational Trust has displayed its commitment to the intellectual and professional development of those who aspire to leadership positions in the international hospitality industry.”
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management was recently ranked first for hospitality management higher education in the UK, in a survey conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres consultants. In March 2011, in an article in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, it was ranked first in Europe for hospitality research, and first in the world for research productivity.
The planned learning space will be part of the ongoing redevelopment of Oxford Brookes’ Gipsy Lane campus. The University’s ambition is to create the best possible learning and research facilities to enhance its international reputation.
This development also reflects the University’s efforts to facilitate continuous interaction between students and industry representatives, including those who take on formal mentoring responsibilities. “As a school of hospitality management we have to create a hospitable and inclusive culture, something that will be easier to achieve in an inspiring architectural space,” explained Donald.
Projects such as this will have a direct impact on the success not only of the hospitality sector, but also the UK economy as a whole, says Ramon Pajares, Chairman of The Savoy Educational Trust. He explained: “Universities must do all they can to continuously improve the standards of education within the hospitality sector.
“The hospitality department of Oxford Brookes University has an extremely good reputation, and developing executive education to support the leaders of tomorrow is its strategic priority.
“The Trustees are extremely proud that one of their biggest-ever awards will create a first-class learning environment for hospitality students, and all the more delighted that they were able to award this grant during the year in which they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Trust.”
The picture shows Lord John Thurso MP speaking at the event at The Savoy.