Oxford School of Hospitality Management ranked in top three in the world
Friday, 25 November 2016
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University has been ranked in the top three hospitality schools in the world.
The accolade came at the prestigious Worldwide Hospitality Awards, held in Paris on 14 November 2016. From a long-list of 42 universities, only two of which were from the UK, the Oxford School of Hospitality Management was shortlisted alongside The Hague Hotel School and The Vatel Group (the ultimate winner).
For Head of School Donald Sloan this is welcome recognition for the efforts of his team and the talents of the School’s students and alumni: “The Oxford School of Hospitality Management maintains a strong ethos focused on delivering a very high quality student experience. My colleagues encourage and support students to meet their full potential, and help them develop the skills that underpin successful careers
In addition to pursuing challenging academic programmes, we ensure students are exposed to extraordinary co-curricular activities that give them fresh insights into current practice, whilst also developing their social and cultural capital.Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University
“In addition to pursuing challenging academic programmes, we ensure students are exposed to extraordinary co-curricular activities that give them fresh insights into current practice, whilst also developing their social and cultural capital."
Recent ‘added value’ activities have included a social enterprise field trip to Kenya, to explore the positive impact of tourism business on those living in very challenging circumstances; and a culinary field trip to New Orleans, on which students were accompanied by chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Jeremy Lee.
Another important contributor to the School’s success is its growing research profile. Academic staff are increasingly engaged in research that promotes socially responsible forms of business. From projects relating to social inclusion amongst the elderly to combating human trafficking inadvertently supported by hospitality organisations, the aim is to engage in research that has tangible impacts on society and business.
The School’s Bacchus Mentoring Programme also received recognition at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, taking runner-up position in the ‘Best Innovation in Education’ category.
The programme provides all final year undergraduate students and all postgraduates students with one-to-one support from over 200 mentors, all of them senior figures from industry, and many of them alumni of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management.