“It’s not just parties, it’s so much more”: Student perceptions of the credibility of Events Management degrees

Fletcher, T, Omerod, N, Dashper, Katherine, Musgrave, J, Bradley, Andrew and Marvell, Alan D ORCID: 0000-0001-8363-0793 (2021) “It’s not just parties, it’s so much more”: Student perceptions of the credibility of Events Management degrees. International Journal of Event and Festival Management. doi:10.1108/IJEFM-06-2021-0046 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: This article explores: 1) student perceptions and understanding of Events Management; 2) how Events Management is positioned by different UK higher education providers through their online marketing; and 3) the perceived value of an Events Management degree among students. Findings: Students demonstrate a lack of knowledge about what Events Management is, what a career in Events Management might entail and, the perceived value of an Events Management degree. This suggests the need to re-position Events Management degrees within a broader applied management base. Course marketing presents a narrow view of Events Management degrees. This does a disservice to Events Management as the narrow vocationally-laden narrative undersells and ‘over-vocationalises’ Events Management degrees. Design/Method/Approach: A mixed-methods approach, combining an online student questionnaire (n=524), semi-structured interviews with current first year Events Management students (n=24) at two UK universities, and website analysis of all Events Management degrees offered in the UK. Practical implications: Better understanding student perceptions will help Universities market Events Management degrees more effectively and will benefit broader efforts to illustrate the value and credibility of it as a degree subject choice and career. More balanced presentation between the practical and non-practical aspects of the courses in University marketing may help reposition Events Management alongside more readily understood vocational subjects. Originality: This is the first study to examine student perceptions over the credibility of Events Management degrees. It also addresses Park and Park’s (2017) observation that reviews of Events Management education and curricula are conspicuously absent from Hospitality and Tourism journals.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tourism; Events; Event Management; Event Management Degrees;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School > Marketing, Events, Hospitality and Tourism
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Kate Greenaway
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 13:50
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 13:50
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10381

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