Meet our Learners of the Year

learners

The Institute of Hospitality’s Learners of the Year were rewarded for attaining the highest marks in their final exams. Their achievements were recognised during the Institute of Hospitality Awards Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College (WKC) on 13 June 2016.

Georgia Georgantopoulou Level 3 Learner of the Year

Georgia took the Institute’s Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management . Georgia is working as a BaxterStorey team leader at law firm, Reed Smith, London. She says: “I’ve always thought that to further a career means hard work and continuous learning. BaxterStorey gave me the opportunity through their Leadership Academy to study for the course. It was a great and challenging year at WKC. I had the chance to further my knowledge, learn new things, challenge myself, meet new people and finally see my hard work rewarded.  Working and studying at the same time is not easy but the benefits are worth all the effort.  I’m utterly thrilled to be Learner of the Year for 2016 and I wish to continue learning, improving and progressing within the hospitality industry.”

Simon Hansen Joint Level 4 Learner of the Year

Simon took the Institute’s Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management. Simon Hansen has been a lecturer in hospitality and catering at Kendal College in Cumbria for ten years, and previously worked in fine-dining restaurants across the country, gaining rosettes and recognition for his skills.  He will be part of the newly-expanded teaching team at Kendal, delivering Institute of Hospitality qualifications. Simon says: “I was encouraged to continue my own learning at Kendal while working. I was able to balance work, my passion for football and coaching local teams, and studying with lots of support from my tutor Suzanne Horner, who has been inspiring and supportive throughout.  I hope to inspire my own students to understand that learning is for life and is something that should be embraced and not feared.”

Jay Barnard Joint Level 4 Learner of the Yearpage

Jay took the Institute’s Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Jay is a BaxterStorey hospitality manager at the British Medical Association, London. He studied the Institute of Hospitality Level 4 Diploma at WKC as part of BaxterStorey’s Leadership Academy programme. He says: “Half way through the course I was promoted to hospitality manager at BMA. My first task was to re-launch the hospitality offer. I was excited to be able to showcase some new concepts to add the wow factor to events. This included using a vintage cake cart – which can be added to any event. As part of the course we needed to look at different aspects of the business and then present our proposals to senior members of the BaxterStorey team. Mine was on visual merchandising. I look forward to many more great years and opportunities with Baxterstorey in this exciting industry!”

Advertisements

New MOOC: ‘The Geopolitics of Hospitality’ for industry professionals and students

OnlineLearning2
A new MOOC for hospitality is available on FutureLearn

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland, and Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France, are combining their resources to deliver the first ever MOOC in the Geopolitics of Hospitality, available from 25th April 2016, on the FutureLearn platform.  The course is designed for young people who are considering a career in hospitality as well as current hospitality professionals.

Both institutions are pairing their respective expertise, geopolitics for GEM and hospitality for EHL, to deliver this one of a kind MOOC over 4 weeks. Students will spend 4 hours per week on the course, and certificates are available upon completion.

The Geopolitics of Hospitality course will be taught by Yves Schemeil, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, at the University of Grenoble Alpes, and current visiting professor at the two institutions. To deliver the four chapters that make up the MOOC, he is joined by lecturers, chefs, butlers, wine stewards, EHL students and alumni. They will use diverse examples from around the world, and will rely on the work of historians, philosophers, anthropologists and political scientists.

Through the course, participants will gain a better understanding of the soft power exercised by States in the realms of hospitality and cooking and get another view on intercultural issues.

This course is designed for hospitality professionals, gourmet aficionados or foodies. Audiences with an interest in food and cuisine, but also intercultural issues, are welcome to register.

Chapters of the MOOC consist of:

  • A Philosophy of Food and Mood
  • The Anthropology of Banquets
  • Gastronomy and Hospitality
  • Gastro-diplomacy and the World Order

An intriguing topic for global hospitality students and professionals alike. Enrol now at FutureLearn: Click here.

Sip your way to success with learning from Jascots Wine Merchants

Jascots-Wine-Training-23
Jascots Wine Merchants know their stuff! Check out their Institute-Endorsed training today

If you’re in the hospitality industry and serve wine, you will enjoy a special series of Tweets featuring ‘sip-sized’ learning from the wine experts @JascotsWine.

Watch the Institute of Hospitality’s Twitter feed, @IoH_Online, during the next two weeks to catch #Winetips from Jascots’ wine educators. Jascots Wine Merchants offer Institute-endorsed wine training programmes which mean the programmes meet the Institute’s rigorous standards for quality hospitality training.

Jascots Wine Merchants has further enhanced its industry leading training offer for its on-trade and hospitality clients by adding WSET (Wines and Spirits Education Trust) foundation and intermediate programs to its portfolio of specialist wine and hospitality courses.

Whilst Jascots’ Sales & Service Training helps staff members and managers to get the most out of their wine list, the WSET qualification offers broad coverage of all product categories in the field of alcoholic drinks, together with the theory of tasting technique. It is suitable for those with little previous experience.

Perhaps more important is how investing in this type of training benefits a hospitality business with the productivity and retention of staff. Jascots courses are proven to be crucial in developing key staff.

 

Listen and learn every Tuesday: NEW Institute of Hospitality Webinars cover business improvement and professional development

Hosted by hospitality experts, 2016’s new Institute of Hospitality Webinars are a series of instructional, informative and topical online presentations to benefit members’ knowledge and highlight up-to-the-minute best practice. The webinars take place live every Tuesday at 3pm and last about 30-45 minutes.  Watch, listen and learn from any location – your home, the office, a cafe – via any web-enabled device. Get your questions answered by the experts, too! The webinars’ easy access means hospitality professionals can learn in any location.

The Institute of Hospitality Webinars cover three subject areas aimed at hospitality professionals:

Book your free-to-members Institute Webinars today!
Book your free-to-members Institute Webinars today!
  • Business Improvement
  • Professional Development
  • Masterclasses

Since 2014, the Institute has delivered over 50 webinars to help members improve their personal and professional skills as well as their business practices.

Cost:  FREE for Institute Members (Non-member fee: £10.00 including VAT).  

It’s easy to participate in the Institute’s hospitality industry webinars, so book TODAY

MOOCs for hospitality managers from some esteemed business schools

There are plenty of MOOCs (massive open online courses) around if you’d like to study topics like history or software, but there is a definite absence of quality MOOCs covering the niche area of hospitality management.

However, we’ve discovered some forthcoming hospitality-focused MOOCs from one of the world’s foremost business schools. ESSEC is located in the Paris area and in Singapore but its MOOCs make attendance at these 4 week online courses a viable option for hospitality students and managers located around the globe.

Try a MOOC, it costs nothing and could help hone your hospitality skills!
Try a MOOC, it costs nothing and could help hone your hospitality skills!

The three hospitality management courses on offer for October 2015 at ESSEC are:

A further course from a top rated business school in the USA, Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, is also being offered over a 4 week period on the topic of:

Sign up for one or for all four. MOOCs are a great way to build or refresh your hospitality management skills, particularly when they are offered by respected sources like ESSEC and Wharton.

If you’re curious about how MOOCs have been faring, you’ll appreciate this recent Harvard Business Review article examining ‘Who’s benefiting from MOOCs and why‘. Essentially, MOOCs are what you make of them as a no-cost but very convenient way of learning. Just pick your providers carefully and you should find MOOCs are worth attending.

New and aspiring UK hospitality managers: would you like the support of an experienced hospitality professional?

Let mentoring be the making of you!
Mentor Me helps you discover opportunities and overcome any challenges in your hospitality career!

Attention all new and entry-level UK hospitality, leisure and tourism managers and recent hospitality graduates! Would you like one-to-one support with your career development from an experienced hospitality manager? The Institute’s new Mentor Me programme introduces mentees to mentors who hold Member (MIH) or Fellow (FIH) status and want to share their industry expertise.

Mentor Me is made up of 6 monthly ‘chats’ – from October 2015 to April 2016 – where you talk with your mentor about your career goals along with some hospitality and career topics. These informal meetings are confidential and focus on career growth and skills development – yours and your mentor’s. There could even be some ‘reverse mentoring’ happening where your mentor learns from you! Free mentoring materials help guide the process.

Mentor Me can help you:

  • get focused;
  • develop a professional relationship with an industry expert located outside your current business; and
  • discover what the hospitality industry can do for you and your career.

The meetings last an hour and the Institute provides the mentoring materials via a monthly email. It couldn’t be simpler to invest in your future and meet a more senior hospitality professional who’s been in your shoes and understands the challenges of a new career.

The Mentor Me application form is easy so don’t wait, sign-up today at Mentor Me. We’ve got mentors waiting to help you!

Something for academics who are “New-to-teaching in the Social Sciences” – including Hospitality

Hone your academic teaching skills with the HEA's NEW workshop
Hone your academic teaching skills with the HEA’s NEW workshop

If you are undertaking the teaching of a social science topic such as hospitality, leisure or tourism in the UK for the first time – or perhaps your teaching skills need freshening up after some time away from teaching – the Higher Education Academy (HEA) offers something that can help.

The HEA’s new “New-to-teaching in the Social Sciences” workshop provides delegates with the opportunity to learn and discuss effective ways to balance the various academic duties of teaching, research, administration and support. Attendees at the day-long workshop will explore the effective use of learning technologies and examine different models of curriculum development and approaches to assessment and feedback.

This event will be particularly relevant to early career academics, teaching fellows, technical staff, associate or visiting lecturers, postgraduates who teach, researchers and others who have been teaching for less than two years. It will also appeal to those interested in applying for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the HEA.

Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on practical teaching skills along with opportunities to share best practice and network with other individuals in similar roles and at similar stages of their careers.

To book your place at this informative event, go to: New-to-teaching in the Social Sciences