Welcome to Events Management (inc. Foundation Framework)
Welcome to the University of Northampton - Welcome Week Sessions
We are very much looking forward to meeting you all over the next week!
Your course face to face session is on Wednesday morning at 9am in the Town Hall in the Creative Hub. Please be there promptly so we can cover all the content and get to know you!
Before the face to face session, please have a look at the advance sessions that we have been running over the last 3 weeks. The presentation slides are available on the links below. If you have any questions you would like to ask, please do add them to the Q&A padlet (also below).
Please could you also book in a 1-to-1 tutorial with Claire Eason-Bassett, your Personal Academic Tutor for Level 4 Events students. Book your tutorial via: https://calendly.com/claire-eason-bassett
If you are unable to attend the Face to Face session on Wednesday 23rd September, we will be sharing the session online via Blackboard. Follow this link to join the session virtually.
Welcome to Events Management at the University of Northampton
Events Management at UON is all about collaboration – learning from each other, building skills, making connections and making exciting and impactful projects happen. Managing events is a team game and it’s our job as your Academic Team to enable you to bring your A-game to every project and expand your skills and knowledge so that you graduate ready for working in the sector.
We are delighted that you have chosen to come here and we hope that you will thrive throughout your University career.
Studying Events Management at Northampton
There is a lot to take in when you start at University and the approach to studying will be different to your previous experience. For Events Management, there will be some face to face sessions timetabled and the majority of your teaching time will be online. This Active Blended Learning approach is all about flexibility as the world reunites post-covid19 and it will give you the opportunity to manage your time as effectively as possible and in a way that works for you. We will make sure that you have all the support you need to take advantage of this blended approach and there is more on this in the Programme Handbook so do have a read!
The course is modular so you will usually have a module leader for each module and you will also have a Personal Tutor. You also have all of the Student Support Services including the Library team, Leaner Support, Academic Advisors and the Student Information Desk. If you need specific support, please talk to us and we will find the right team to help.
Your assessments are varied and include a group event project in each year of study, as well as reports, essays, case studies, presentations, and evaluations. We will be there to help and support every step of the way and bring all our of our learning and experience into the sessions.
Becoming a Changemaker
Changemaker is a unique approach to developing your skills to play your role in our society through employment and social innovation. The Changemaker programme is also a way to engage with industry through work placements and volunteering. We have woven Changemaker into the course content so in completing your modules, you will also gain the Changemaker Bronze Award to recognise your achievement.
We have an Events Industry Forum that is a conduit between the events sector in our region and our students. The Forum members contribute to our teaching and learning activity and provide valuable connections for students when seeking placements, opportunities to volunteer and employment. Industry practice is woven through our course content and approach to delivery, informed by our own experience as well as drawing on practitioners and research from across the sector including venues, agencies, suppliers, producers, consultants and networks.
Before you arrive in September:
Supporting Your Success
Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:
- Library and Learning Services, including our Academic Librarian and Learning Development Teams
- Academic and Pastoral Support from your Personal Tutor and our Student Support and Advice Team
- The Student Information Desk who can signpost you to our specialist support services
- The University of Northampton Students’ Union – for clubs and societies, sports and other social activities, as well as support, information and guidance
Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year.
If you’ve got any immediate questions about your studies, please post them on our Q&A Padlet below.
We aim to respond within 24 hours.
Check out this
For an overview of the process you will go through and links to all the Collaborate sessions and preparatory tasks.
Students Union FAQ
University of Northampton Students’ Union Service Q&A
Sports & Societies
How do I join a sports team/ society?
All clubs can be joined via our website once you have completed enrollment. This is usually in your first few days. You can see a list of the group we have here: https://northamptonunion.com/get-involved/sports-and-societies
What is the difference between a club and society?
A sports club is a club formed for its respective sport, clubs offer social and competitive sport and train weekly for fixtures and competitions.
Societies cover different types of interests, these are categorised into three sub-categories Academic, Faith and Recreational. Each society is different and host different events throughout the year.
What groups are there that I can join/ How do I contact a group?
There is a list of all the sports clubs and societies on the union website here https://northamptonunion.com/get-involved/sports-and-societies with all group contact details.
I have messaged a group and they aren’t replying to me?
All groups are run by students who are studying degrees too so please be patient in waiting for a reply. If a group hasn’t responded in over a week, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get in touch with the group to see why they have been unable to reply.
When does each group meet/ train?
This information may be on a groups page on the website but as many groups run one off events we recommend you contact them directly to confirm. Contact information can be found here: https://northamptonunion.com/get-involved/sports-and-societies
Can I book out the 3G Pitch/ Sports Dome/ MUGAs?
Yes you can! The University facilitates all bookings of these facilities. Contact SportsHire@nothampton.ac.uk to find out more regarding costs and any terms and conditions of hire ahead of you making a booking.
There isn’t a group that I am interested in
Don’t worry we have new groups starting all the time! You might even want to start one yourself. There is more information on how to do this here: https://northamptonunion.com/get-involved/start-a-new-student-group
What events/trips do you offer students?
There is a wide range of trips and events offered by our sports and societies and these differ every year. There is also a selection of larger events the SU run each year including our Varsity and a number of awards ceremonies. These will be listed on https://northamptonunion.com/events
Can I talk to someone about volunteer opportunities/jobs?
There are a number of volunteering opportunities with the SU through societies like Student Action for Refugees, as well as leadership roles such as a part time officer or student group committee member.
If you are looking for a job in the SU these are recruited through Unitemps, they also have roles in other areas of Northampton. For community volunteering opportunities please speak to the Changemaker team who can support you.
What are sabbatical and part-time officers?
The union elects three full-time and one part-time paid sabbatical officers to represent students. These are the President; Vice President Education; Vice President Welfare & Activities and Vice President Postgraduate Research (Part-time). These officers work alongside part-time officers to represent different groups of students. These positions are voluntary and undertaken alongside the individual’s study.
How do I find out who the officers are?
You can find out the current officers and what they are hoping to do over the coming year on our website at www.northamptonunion.com/make-change/officers
How do I get in touch with the officers?
You can find out the social media and email addresses of the current officers on our website at www.northamptonunion.com/make-change/officers
What do the officers do?
The union officers are students’ main representatives to the university. They sit on important university committees and can raise issues to those who can make change. The part-time officers have a more focused representational role (e.g. LGBTQ+; International; Disability). All officers run campaigns; events and try to bring about change within the Union and the University to improve student experience.
What is a Course Rep/Advocate?
A Course Rep/Advocate is delegate who is speaks of behalf of their course mates. They go to programme leaders with concerns that students approach them with to try to bring about change.
How do I become a Course Rep?
You can nominate yourself for a Course Advocate role at the beginning of the academic year via the email email@example.com.
How do I know who my Course Rep is?
You can find out who your Course Advocate is by asking your programme leader. Alternatively, you can email your Course Advocate Coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org
Will there be freshers events / what will they be?
Our freshers program is now available online at www.northamptonunion.com/events
Our main priority next year is ensuring the health and safety of our members and our employees by following all relevant guidelines, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t still be striving for the best student experience and you can find out what the SU is doing in response to covid-19 here – https://northamptonunion.com/news/article/covid-19statement
Does the SU have a bar?
The SU has a venue in the town centre called The Platform. This has a cafe, night club and conferencing spaces. To get a feel for what this is like you can check out this video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h5HR4PokEI or go on a virtual tour https://www.360upgrade.co.uk/sites/default/files/gardengnome_player/PLATFORM%20FINAL.zip/index.html
Who can I go to for academic support?
The Student Union’s Advice Service can be found in the Engine Shed on Waterside Campus. They are available Monday to Friday for information, advice, guidance and support to students on a wide range of issues that you may have at University. The service is free and everything discussed is confidential. As well as academic advice, we provide advice on housing, self-care, work-life balance and also financial help. – https://northamptonunion.com/get-support/advice
When is the art shop open?
The Art Ship is based in the bottom floor of the creative Hub and is open Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm for all of your art supply needs. We even sell branded clothing!
When is the Café open?
The café is open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm but the Engine Shed building itself is open 9am-4pm (reception available 10am-4pm)
Does the Union have a shop?
We do! This is based at the Boughton Green road halls
Getting to Know You (Session 1)
Click here for the presentation slides: Welcome Session 1 – Getting to Know You
Date: Tuesday 1/9/2020
Time: 10.30am – 12noon
What the live session will cover:
- More about your course
- Getting to know you
- Meeting your teaching team
Introduction to Learning and Teaching on your Programme (Session 2)
Click here for the presentation slides: Welcome Session 2 – Teaching & Learning
Date: Tuesday 8/9/2020
What the live session will cover:
- Sharing ideas and concerns
- Learning online
- Preparing for study
Supporting Your Success (Session 3)
Click here for the presentation slides: Welcome Session 3 – Support & Guidance
Date: Tuesday 15/9/2020
Time: 10.30am – 12noon
What the live session will cover:
- Module by module
- Student support
- Getting ready to start
The Academic Team have put together the following key points to guide you as you start your degree here at Northampton. Reading this Programme Handbook is a great start to your academic career and will have answers for most of your questions. If you have further queries, please contact your Personal Tutor or raise them in the Welcome Week programme sessions.
The degree programme in events management is designed to provide students with the grounding they need in events management, business and enterprise in order to contribute effectively to the 21st century events industry. The programme is designed to enhance the learner’s intellectual and transferable skills, particularly with regard to industry knowledge and practices, presentation, research, analysis, event delivery and appraisal, and to provide the opportunity to develop these further, through practical application and contact with the world of industry.
Events management requires core business skills such as project management, communication, risk management, finance and logistics. Successful events management requires specialist expertise and skills in order to successfully manage the expectations and experiences of clients, whether employers or commissioners. Students who can demonstrate they have developed and honed these skills in creativity, event design, problem solving and strategic awareness are likely to be advantaged in the employment market and will be empowered to achieve their fullest potential and successfully pursue a career in the industry. There are opportunities to develop your own specialisms throughout the course in terms of the area of the events sector that you want to work in and in building your core skills to enable you to be adaptable and confident wherever your future career takes you.
As a student on this programme, you will gain a broad knowledge of the environment within which events businesses operate, whilst developing a sound understanding of the academic foundations which underpin key industry disciplines.
The events management degree programme at the University of Northampton aims to engage students who:
- are keen to acquire the knowledge and critical awareness they need in events management in order to contribute effectively to the 21st century events industry;
- want to develop a number of key intellectual and transferrable skills which will make them increasingly independent in their learning and enable them to constructively contribute to situations outside of their immediate area of experience;
- proactively meet or visit a range of events industry practitioners to develop their understanding of the applications of events management theory in practice, thus enhancing their lifelong learning skills, and focusing their thoughts on suitable career opportunities.
Through our Active Blended Learning approach, we develop graduates who:
- are future leaders and changemakers in our sector;
- seek and develop opportunities to continue to build their skills;
- add value to the organisations they work with and for;
- are entrepreneurial and creative, using their learning to deliver results.
This programme is a full-time undergraduate degree programme and is currently not available as part-time study or distance learning. The degree programme is based on the University modular framework (UMF) modular credit system. Each module is 20 credits and 6 modules are studied per year with a view to attaining 120 credits per year, and 360 to attain an honours degree.
Teaching and Learning
At the University of Northampton we have an Active Blended Learning approach which means that our students learn through a variety of methods, including face to face seminars, online workshops, practical tasks and research activities. This approach enables you to learn in different ways, practising and developing your skills and knowledge.
We use the Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) to host and co-ordinate your module content which connects with our online library facilities, student support, Changemaker and all cross-programme activity. NILE gives you access to the virtual classroom and the ability to access course materials at times that suit your approach to learning.
There is extensive student support, integrated across practical, academic and pastoral areas including our Library services, Student Information Desk (SID) and site services. You will have a Personal Tutor throughout your time at Northampton to aid in this as well.
The Changemaker programme is unique at Northampton and we weave the core components throughout your modular study. The focus of the programme is enabling you to develop the skills you need to play your role in our society and in our economy. The programme includes career development activity, work experience, idea development and community engagement.
The University’s core values are Super Supportive, Future Focused and Social Impact and these inform everything we do.
Programme Learning Outcomes
By the end of this Programme, with limited guidance, students will be able to:
A: Subject Knowledge and Understanding and Application
Critique key theories and concepts which are complex, coherent and detailed and informed by events professional practice
Apply and evaluate key strategic perspectives in the decision making related to the management of events
Demonstrate a critical awareness of and successfully apply and critique concepts/principles and domains (including administration, design, operations, marketing and risk, and how they apply to the phases of events, such as initiation, planning, staging of the event and closure and legacy) in the events management discipline
Plan, project manage, produce, stage, analyse and evaluate events, applying risk management/legal and regulatory frameworks
Convey complex event related concepts and ideas effectively in written/spoken English which is accurate and appropriate, has clarity, attention to detail and demonstrates a command of grammar
Use academic conventions appropriately and effectively for the topic/situation/audience and reference a range of different sources accurately in-line with subject specific conventions
Identify, select, use and comment on relevant information/data from a wide range of sources including current research/academic publications/appropriate primary sources, and competently undertake reasonable straightforward research tasks
Evaluate and critically analyse own work-based learning experiences and contextualise with appropriate theory/literature to inform and deepen understanding of real-world workplace contexts (Optional Placement Year only)
Explore the issues in the production and consumption of events and how these are influenced by stakeholders needs and what impact this has on managerial decision making
B: Employability and Changemaker Skills
Create successful professional relationships with peers and external stakeholders that clearly apply collaborative working skills, including that of effective listening, before reaching a considered decision supported by evidence, theory or argument
Review and adapt personal professional continuous development, in light of peer and stakeholder feedback, to improve performance
Devise a range of creative alternative solutions that justify a chosen course of action using problem solving strategies
Award Map and Timetable
BA (HONS) EVENTS MANAGEMENT: AWARD MAP
Please click here to view your award map.
BA / BSc (HONS) MAJOR, MINOR AND JOINT HONOURS AWARD EVENTS MANAGEMENT: AWARD MAP
Please click here to view your award map.
Please note: above award maps are subject to change, under the University’s quality assurance process.
Foundation Study Framework
This programme has been designed to help you develop the theoretical, practical and academic skills you need, in order to progress successfully to the full award. The Foundation Year provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition into Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used within your chosen discipline.
Please click here to view your award map.
Module descriptions change occasionally to reflect the wider industry and new theoretical perspectives, so please refer to the online module catalogue which is here.
You should be able to access your personal timetable via the student website here.
If you have applied recently or transferred courses, please try to be patient. Normally all students will have a personal timetable by the end of Welcome Week. Ensure that you have workshops scheduled for each of your six chosen modules. Ensure that the choices you have made are consistent with the Award Map for your course.
Assessment on your degree programme will consist of a variety of different methods, which aim to equip you with the personal and professional skills you will be able to draw upon when you complete your studies and go out into the world of work. Individual module leaders are responsible for setting assessments and hand in dates and you should consult the module guides on each of the ‘NILE’ module sites in order to know exactly how you are being assessed and when the work has to be completed.
Should you have any additional learning needs or need further academic support then the ASSIST team in the Student Support Services can help to assess your learning needs and work with individual tutors to ensure that we are able to meet them.
Most modules use essays, reports, presentations, group projects and portfolios as the main forms of assessment. However, the more vocationally-orientated modules will require more practical activities, such as delivering live events, or creating practical materials that you may need to use in the planning, delivery or evaluation of your event. You should closely follow advice from the module tutor for all assessed pieces of work. This is especially important for the dissertation or research project – where your supervisor’s advice is crucial. In addition, you will find that pressure points appear just before/after Christmas and Easter, when you have a lot of work to complete and hand in on similar dates, so ensure you prioritise your workload to avoid causing yourself undue stress and worry.
How to Reference Written Work
The most important reason for correctly referencing any mention of another person’s work is to enable the reader to trace and study that work for him/herself. This enables the reader not only to verify the statements you have made about the original work, but also to consider the original author’s arguments as first presented. This then allows the reader to make a better evaluation of the arguments being presented in the new work.
No matter which subjects you are studying, the assignments you produce should represent your own analysis of a specific subject or theme (according to the nature of the question). They must not simply involve the reproduction of material from workshops, textbooks or other sources (also known as ‘copy-paste’ material). In producing assignments, you will normally be expected to read widely and academic convention requires that when you use the ideas, quotations, statistics or material from others you must acknowledge it so that the reader is aware of your sources.
This is done by referencing your work. All ideas and work which are not solely your own must be cited correctly in your coursework assignments. Using other people’s words or ideas without acknowledging them is considered misleading or dishonest and is called plagiarism. The University views plagiarism as a very serious matter and looks gravely upon all incidences. See further information here.
Although there are a number of different referencing systems in existence, the system which is most commonly used in the University of Northampton is the Harvard system of referencing and citation, details of which can be accessed here.
This system involves two processes:
- providing a brief reference in the text for any work which has provided you with detailed information
- Providing a detailed bibliography/ list of references at the end of the assignment which includes each and every reference mentioned in the text.
The Learner Support team are available to provide further and more detailed support on specific queries. This team also come into course sessions to ensure that everyone has all the information they need to be able to complete the assessments.
In the University of Northampton most lecturers use anti plagiarism software known as ‘TurnitIn’. On the individual NILE module site usually under assessment you will find a link for TurnitIn, which allows you to upload your work and gain a report indicating the level of possible plagiarism within your work, which you can do as many times as you like before you submit it formally. It is important to bear in mind that many cases of plagiarism are caused by academic laziness and not allocating enough time to submit your work, which leads to the unwelcome ‘copy-paste’ activities.
Staying informed about the subject and industry
How to stay informed about the Subject and your Learning
The first few weeks of the year will be strange for you – it may take you a while to get everything sorted out. There will probably be a few problems with rooms and times of classes. With online sessions, there may be technical and connection issues to sort out. Please don’t let this get you down. We will help you as much as we can.
Most communication will be electronic and be via a module and programme based website or a virtual learning environment called Northampton Integrated Learning Environment or ‘NILE’. In the early stages keep a careful watch on your NILE sites and your emails for up to date details on course content and any changes or actions required.
We recommend the following as useful core resources for your study and as you start to explore your place in the events sector and beyond:
Bowdin, G.A.J., Allen, J., O’Toole, W., Harris, R. and McDonnell, I. (2011) Events Management, 3rd edition, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Bladen, C., Kennel, J., Abson, E. and Wilde, N. (2017) Events Management: An Introduction, 2nd edition, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Getz, D. and Page, S. (2019) Event Studies: Theory, Research and Policy for Planned Events, 4th edition, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Mallen, C. and Adams, L.J. (2017) Event Management in Sport, Recreation and Tourism: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions, 2nd edition, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Rec, I. (2017) Events Marketing Management: A Consumer Perspective, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Wynn-Moylan, P. (2018) Risk and Hazard Management for Festivals and Events, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
These texts are all available through the library service and online via NELSON.
Our industry is an exciting and dynamic environment in which to work and it is evolving and innovating constantly. To get a feel for what’s going on in the sector, it’s worth having a look at https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/ and https://www.eventindustrynews.com/.
What we expect of you
You may be wondering how hard you will have to study and at first you may find that the teaching methods used at university are quite different to what you have previously experienced. The aim of this degree qualification is to make you an independent (autonomous) learner – who is capable of:
- reading widely around the topics you encounter and discuss in class;
- thinking critically about issues and topics under investigation;
- solving problems, both proactively and retroactively;
- doing in-depth research related to topics discussed, both independently and collaboratively with others;
- engaging positively in projects which provide opportunities to integrate your learning from different areas of study or programme;
- looking for relationships between different concepts and areas studied, and more generally;
- taking a constructive approach to participation in workshop activities, as well as any preparation or follow up activities related to these.
Across your degree you will find that different modules place differing priorities on these activities. The teaching staff will provide a great deal of information and guidance but they will not tell you everything you need to know to pass your course!
Remember, you were offered a place on the course on the understanding and in the expectation that you will offer your full commitment to your studies. This involves not only meeting course requirements in each of your modules (this includes reading, the submission of assignments and participation in workshops), but also making your own personal contribution to the programme by working independently and collaboratively with others to develop your knowledge and understanding of the topics being explored in each of the modules you are taking.
For many modules, group work will be an important element. Students have a responsibility to support other members of their group by participating in meetings, doing research, contributing to group assignments, etc. In addition to regular attendance and punctuality, you are also expected to spend a minimum of 36 hours a week on your studies, only part of which is timetabled contact time, therefore, you have to dedicate some time at home to learn independently in order to produce good quality assignments. Degree studies require a considerable proportion of independent study, which is expected to increase as you progress through your studies.
Your tutors will do their best to enable you to fulfill your potential, but this is a two-way process. Interaction (both with your peers and academic staff), plus commitment and enthusiasm on your part as a student, will help ensure that the course is both as enjoyable and as fruitful as you aspire it to be.
From the beginning of the course, we will treat you as a developing professional within the events industry. We will always value and respect your viewpoints and we will always communicate in a professional manner. We expect all our students to do the same. This means that if you are unable to attend a session, you let us know via email or that when sending an email, it is addressed and finished appropriately. We expect you to be prepared for your taught sessions and to undertake the learning activities outside the classroom.
We will help you to develop professional communication skills throughout the course, working with your fellow students, with the academic and support teams, with industry-specialist guests and more broadly in the professional environment.
Your Teaching team across your degree programme in Events Management may include the following members of the Faculty;
Head of Subject – Events, Tourism & Hospitality
Senior Lecturer in Events Management and Programme Leader for Events Management
Senior Lecturer in Events Management
Senior Lecturer in Events Management and Programme Leader BA Events Management Top Up
Senior Lecturer in Leisure Management
Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management and Programme Leader for Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer in Hotel Management
Lecturer in Marketing
Associate Lecturer in Events, Tourism & Hospitality
Associate Lecturer in Events, Tourism & Hospitality
It is important to contact the right member of staff to deal with your query. Module tutors are the people to go to if your query relates to a particular module. As an undergraduate student you will be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will assist you in making academic decisions. All tutors contact details can be found either on your Programme NILE site (1920 BA Events Management) or via the individual module NILE sites for the modules you are taking – always check the ‘Contacts’ section of the NILE site.
In the early stages if you have queries about your course or have personal problems which are affecting all of your modules then contact your Personal Tutor. If you have administrative queries, please go to the Student Information Desk (SID) in the Learning Hub and they will be able to advise as to which service you should access to get it sorted. You can also access the SID webpage here.
Student Feedback and Solving Issues
At least once a year The University will formally ask for your views about how individual modules and the course as a whole are progressing, through what we call Student Module Evaluations. These are completed individually and anonymously online. It is important that they are completed accurately since they form an important element of course monitoring and redesign.
There will also be various opportunities for you to provide informal feedback on your course, either directly to your Personal Tutor or Programme Leader (Ivna Reic), or via your Student Advocate. We would very much welcome your comments, as soon as you notice something going wrong, have some suggestions on how the course could be improved, or even if you just want to acknowledge some of the good things about your course.
What to do if you encounter an issue?
If any academic issues arise during your studies, we suggest you try and resolve them with the relevant tutor in the first instance. If you feel unable to do this, you should then approach your Personal Tutor, who will be able to support you in doing this, or your Programme Leader (Ivna Reic) who will be able to talk you through your options for resolving this. In the unfortunate (and probably unlikely) event that you feel the issue has not been resolved, you should approach the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Mark Cusiter. Further advice and guidance on this is available in the Student Code of Conduct document
Each programme at the University has to elect a Student Advocate for each year of study. Student Advocates will be elected during the induction period (first couple of weeks of the new academic year). The role of a Student Advocate is to:
- act as the liaison between the student year group and the teaching team in order to communicate collective feedback on the course (concerns, praise, ideas, solutions etc.)
- attend Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings once per term. Alongside providing feedback, on these occasions there will often be an opportunity to participate in the planning for the future developments on the course.
- verify the accuracy of course evaluation documents.
Most modules on the course are taught through a programme of workshops. Lecturers have their own particular style of delivering these, so they might look and feel quite different from module to module, using a range of different types of materials to facilitate your learning. Don’t expect every piece of information to be provided in writing by your tutor, as a lot of your learning will depend on the discussions you have in class and online with your tutor and your peers. You are “reading” for a degree and as such the onus is on you to compile your own set of notes comprising information gained from the workshops, and more importantly, information gained from books and periodicals in the library.
The nature of Active Blended Learning is that there will be a variety of sessions, activities and tasks that are designed to open up the course content in accessible and engaging ways. The mix of face to face and online teaching (synchronous) time as well as studying independently (asynchronous) can take a while to get used to. If you are concerned or are finding it difficult, please talk to your Personal Tutor so we can help you navigate the course more effectively.
Sometimes, you may think that you have covered certain topics before, particularly if you have done a related course prior to joining the University. The temptation is to give such topics low priority. Our experience reveals that this is a risky attitude to take. It is far better to look at all topics with a fresh outlook, undertake the required reading and compile a fresh set of notes, which will offer another dimension to your understanding of a particular topic.
One of the main challenges you will face on this programme is the increased emphasis on independent study and the need to develop effective study techniques in order to get the most out of the taught workshops. Whilst book and journal references will often be given, bear in mind that you will also need to develop your skills in searching for useful learning materials. It is also important to learn how to approach reading effectively and to make notes that will be of some use to you in the future. Whilst the workshops will introduce and put subjects within context, it is the extra reading and research you do around this classroom time that will give you the depth of knowledge that should, in the end, be reflected in the work you submit to be assessed. Perhaps the most important message is to organise your time effectively, be clear on what you need to do to enable yourself to learn and give yourself realistic work schedules to complete all of your learning tasks (in and out of the classroom). Don’t forget to give yourself time for other interests, so that you are able to unwind from time to time and support a healthy study-life balance.
- Make a timetable once a week (say on Sundays) in which you plan of all the times when you are going to study. Put down the workshops you will be attending, as well as the independent work you need to complete either before or after this. Get into the habit of using odd half-hours, as well as longer spells.
- Be realistic about this timetable; set reasonable targets for yourself. Leave enough free time for recreation (including sleep) and leisure activities. It is important not to let your studies bring you down – or your academic work will suffer.
- Try to be precise when you plan what you are going to do. Specify exactly what you are intending to study, which activity you are undertaking, etc.
- Study in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. It is all too easy to find a place where you know you will be disturbed and therefore have an excuse for not working – avoid this temptation at all costs.
- Make sure you concentrate. Decide specifically what you want to achieve from a particular period of study and then get down and do what you planned. End up by reviewing what you have achieved. Do, however, take a total of 5 to 10 minutes break within each hour of study – especially when you are studying for several hours at a stretch.
- Make notes of what you have achieved and how this relates to the assignment you are working on.
- When studying at home and online, think about how you can create the best possible conditions for you to concentrate and focus. Minimise distractions if you can and make sure you take regular breaks from the screen.
How to Learn from Workshops
Check the subject of the workshop beforehand and try to do some preliminary reading and thinking about it. Take special note of any reading your tutor has recommended for this session and any preparatory tasks that you have been asked to undertake. All the details will be on the NILE site.
Always go prepared to workshops. If workshop slides are available from NILE, then read these in advance. You could also print them (for example, 3 slides to a page) to help with your note-taking during the workshop. If they are not available – don’t worry too much about it, as the tutor will guide you during the session.
Pay close attention to what is said in the workshop. Try to distinguish between fact and opinion and to identify the source of all opinions stated. Make a mental or written note of points that you are unclear or seem questionable to you; you should then check them in your reading or discussion, or any follow-up activities.
Try to pick out the main line or argument in the workshop. Don’t pay so much attention to details that you lose the overall thread. Look out for words and phrases which act as sign posts, signifying the direction of the argument, e.g. `therefore’, `firstly’, `secondly’, etc.
Information Services (IT and Library)
Details of this service can be found in the University Student Handbook.
Upon your enrolment with the University, you will receive a unique student number, which you will use to access all of the University’s resources, including your WebMail, NILE, Library services, etc.
Using IT to support your University work
You may wish to use a memory stick (USB) to save all your documents relating to your studies. Please note that once your memory stick (USB) contains work it becomes valuable to you, as a damaged USB can result in lost work. You should, therefore, take a few precautions to avoid losing work:
- Store your USB carefully. At the very least keep them in a clean plastic bag. DO NOT carry them around loose in bags or pockets.
- As you work on a computer save your work at regular intervals i.e. 10‑15 minutes. DO NOT work for 2 or 3 hours and only save your work when you are ready to leave. Computer failure and power cuts do happen. DO NOT rely on the automatic timed backups made by some software.
MAKE A REGULAR SECOND COPY OF YOUR WORK. We strongly recommend that you use one of the online cloud-based service providers (e.g. iCloud or Office365) to back up your work.
- If you do experience problems with a file or USB, DON’T MESS ABOUT WITH IT YOURSELF, bring it to IT section of the Student Help Desk in the Learning Hub. Our experienced staff have special recovery tools to assist in repairing damages files and USB’s. Most work can usually be recovered from damaged files or USB’s, however, we can’t give any specific guarantees to this effect.
- DO NOT remove a USB from a computer while you are still working on a file. Once a USB has been removed, especially if it is used on another computer, the original computer may not recognise it as the same disk when you reinsert it which can result in lost work.
Learning Resources – Library
The Library home page can be accessed here.
You can also search the catalogue (NELSON) and access on-line journals or business sources on the web. If you wish to access these services from off-campus you will be given a suitable “ATHENS” password.
Finally, here are one or two tips to help you use the Library effectively:
- Think about what you need before you enter the Library. Identify words or phrases that cover your subject (including any synonyms and American spellings) and use them to track down the information in our catalogue using the Keyword option or in the printed or electronic indexes.
- Get into the habit of browsing the current issues of key journals, some key events management texts are available online via ‘Dawsonera’ [access via metalib]
- Keep an eye out for information on new sources and services in the Library. We are expanding our collections rapidly so look out for new databases as well as browsing the relevant shelves for new books. You will soon get to know the relevant areas in the Library for your particular interests.
- Note down the Harvard reference of useful books and articles as you use them. You will be expected to submit a bibliography/ list of references with your work and it is much easier to collect such information as you work than trying to track it down later.
- Always ask if you have a problem.
- Also all modules have their own NILE sites where important information is posted such as slides, reading material and workshop information.
The Skills Hub home page can be accessed here.
This centre has Learning Packages on a range of areas to support your studies. Packages are in the following areas: Study and Organisational Skills; Reading, Note-Taking/Making; Learning, Thinking and Personal Skills; Essay and Report Writing Skills; Use of Language and Grammar; Presentation Skills and Revision & Exam Techniques. The centre also offers workshops and tutorials on maths and all aspects of academic communication.
It may be that your personal tutor/ marking tutors strongly recommend that you take advantage of the Centre if they identify serious weaknesses in your Learning Skills; however, all students can benefit from the Centre’s facilities. Students with dyslexia have found the Centre particularly beneficial.
Student Support and Wellbeing Services
This is the first port of call for any students requiring help, information and advice. Their website can be accessed here.
The staff at the Student Information Desk (SID) in the Learning Hub can help you with all initial enquiries, as well as booking appointments and drop in sessions with the Counselling, Financial Guidance and Educational & Careers Guidance teams within Student Services. Student services are committed to providing a confidential service in accordance with the Guidance Council’s Code of Principles. Student services provide the following help to students;
Support for students with disabilities and specific learning differences such as dyslexia, including exam arrangements, dyslexia tuition, note taking support and arrangements for accessible parking on campus.
Allocation of halls of residence and assistance in finding appropriate, safe and affordable accommodation in the private sector. Help on accommodation related issues.
v Counselling & Mental Health
A confidential and professional service to help students cope with personal, emotional or academic issues.
v Health Centre
On site medical support.
v Educational and Careers Guidance
A wide range of services for students and graduates. These include: 1:1 Drop in Sessions, CV & Interview Clinics, Career Workshops, Graduate Vacancy Database, Online Career Module and a Self Help Website.
v Financial Guidance
Support for students who have queries or concerns about their student financial situation. Practical tips on managing budgets. Administer a number of funds available to help support students. These include the: Bridging Loan, Access to Learning Fund and the Emergency Loan (eligibility and assessment criteria apply).
v International Student Support
The first point of call for general enquiries, advice and guidance.
v Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Support for any student in their spiritual life, whether they are of a particular faith or not.
v Residential Life
Trained wardens are always available and happy to assist and support students who have any problems or concerns with living or studying whilst staying in the halls of residence.
The Changemaker Hub promotes a wide range of activities to help students enhance their employability including:
- Short placements that last three months over the summer or 12-month placement between years two and three.
- Links with universities and employers overseas
- Organise workshops in CV Writing, Mock Interviews, Presentation Skills, Assessment centre practice etc.
- Business mentor scheme
- Networking Events
- Presentation and guest lecturers given by employers
- Core employability skills improvement such as Team Working, Communication, Problem Solving, numeracy etc.
- Access to work opportunities: part time, volunteering or starting up your own business.
Visit the Changemaker Hub website here.
Links & Documents
Your Programme Leader
I look forward to meeting you during welcome and induction week. During welcome and induction week, we have designed a programme of events and activities designed to give you the very best start to your time here by introducing you to university life and help you to settle in quickly. Please check your welcome and induction week timetable online to ensure you attend all of the sessions as this is your opportunity to meet your personal tutor, myself and your fellow course mates.
Resources & Activities
Core texts available free online through our Library
Bowdin, G. Et all (2011). Events Management 3rd Edition. Oxon. Butterworth-Heinemenn.
Getz, D. (2012). Event Studies – Theory, research and policy for planned events. 2nd Edition. Oxon. Butterworth-Heinemenn.
Events Management undergraduate
A University of Northampton student has topped off a year’s industry placement by organising an event fit for a future king.
One of her last jobs before returning to University for her final year of studies was to organise a policing conference which included Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, on its roster of guests.
“It was the perfect event to finish my placement with,” said Atlanta. “Having a royal visitor was an extra challenge for me. It meant I had to plan every minute of the event and spent time working with the Palace’s close protection team to make sure everything would go smoothly.”
Students on the Events Management course are encouraged to split their studies with a year’s work placement, and Atlanta feels the opportunity is perfect for those who want to get a head-start in their chosen career.
She said: “I’ve learnt so much on my placement. I’ve been responsible for planning and running events for between 120 and 320 delegates, across one, two and three days.”
“Sometimes I have been planning three events at the same time, so my organisation skills have been more or less perfected. I also remember when I started the placement my confidence wasn’t at its highest. But now I feel I can walk into a room, speak to anybody and take control of a situation.”
Atlanta’s contribution to CJS helped the company reach the finals of the 2017 UK Conference Awards, in the Best Conference by a Small Company category.
Atlanta has just graduated with a first class degree.
“The course has been fantastic,” she said. “The lecturers have given me so much support, and you learn so much from them because they all have an industry background – and they can also introduce you to so many industry contacts.”
“If anybody wants to consider a career in events, then I wouldn’t hesitate in telling them to come to Northampton.”
My course has allowed me to gain experience in my required field, and gain contacts in the industry. I have done internships and volunteering work for music events such as Northampton Music Festival and Oxjam and also did a placement year in industry.
Changemaker – Local business visits
Preparing For Your First Year Of Study
Top five study tips from the Learning Development team!
1. Be Prepared
Becoming a university student requires you to step up your independent learning skills. You need to be able to plan, research and write assignments on your own, which may be something you have not done before. Read through Palgrave's tips for Personal Effectiveness and Independent Study to learn more about the skills you will start to develop as a new undergraduate.
2. Invest in a planner
Independent learning means that you are in control of your timetable and how you spend your time, so use your time wisely. You will be given times and locations of seminars, workshops and other sessions you have to attend as part of your course at the start. You will also need to allocate time for reading, researching and completing assignments, as well as for all your social activities: get a head start by watching our video What is time management?
3. Fine tune your voice
You might worry that you will not be able to write at the level expected of a university student. At the University of Northampton we take this into consideration and provide lots of support to help you. Go to our online support for academic writing for further guidance.
4. Get into an argument
Writing critically and developing an argument for your essays and reports is a skill that you will develop throughout your first year of university. Review the guide on how to write more critically to help you understand the process to enhance your critical thinking
5. Know who can help you
Going to university is exciting but it can also be a challenge. We know that students may need a helping hand at any time during their studies, which is why we are here to help. You can book an appointment with a Learning Development tutor for help and guidance with study skills or academic writing, as well as support with maths and statistics. Find out more about the services on offer at the Learning Development page on Skills Hub. You can also find out more about other sources of 1-2-1 help - including our academic librarians - by going to our Study Support page.