Industry to create new 'manifesto' for event education

The UK Centre of Events Management (UKCEM) will host a conference for event professionals and students to create a new manifesto to improve event education.

Jackie Mulligan, principal lecturer at UKCEM
Jackie Mulligan, principal lecturer at UKCEM

UKCEM will host a conference at Confex this Thursday (3 March), where a panel of event planners will welcome more than 150 industry leaders, academics, graduates and students from across the UK to create the new manifesto. 

The conference will debate various topics, from event talent and employability to global events. This will result in the formation of a manifesto that will instruct on how organisations can nurture talent, skills and knowledge for the future of the industry. The manifesto will then be given to event industry boards to be distributed.

Jackie Mulligan, principal lecturer at UKCEM, told C&IT that the centre’s 20th birthday was the catalyst for creating the manifesto. 

"A lot has changed for the industry in the last 20 years, so now we need to take a look at what’s going to happen in the next 20," she said. 

"We’re getting students and graduates together to find out how we can help in event education, looking for any gaps in training, what the challenges are and what new skills need to be developed. Perhaps the students will think that most things are going well, or we might identify some problems we need to change, whether on a broader, political level or on a more local one."

Agency George P Johnson has partnered with UKCEM to create the conference and will also be on the panel. Other agencies that will be involved in the debate include Zibrant, Grass Roots and Ashfield Meetings & Events.

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