18 July 2011

Places still available for the Tourism Development and Policy MSc programme

 Adrian Bailey with mug

Applications are still welcome for 2011/12 taught MSc programme on Tourism Development and Policy.

Programme Director Dr. Adrian Bailey said, ‘If you’ve been thinking about joining us for this coming year, it’s definitely not too late.’

The unique programme is situated in the highly regarded Business School (ranked in the Top 10 of the Times Good University Guide 2011). It is affiliated with the Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research and benefits from a strong focus on practical skills and industry knowledge.

Adrian  commented, ‘The other instructors and I want our graduates to be highly employable. We really focus on discussing issues that have arisen during our own experience in the industry and with our current research with partner organisations.’

Applications will be accepted up until 01 October, although potential students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

‘If you’re thinking about applying, please do feel free to contact me with any questions about the programme,’ said Adrian, who added, ‘We’ve been really pleased with the quality of applicants so far. This promises to be a strong year with a diverse group of students.’

More information about the programme is available online and informal inquiries can be directed to Adrian.

25 July 2011

Centre research makes headlines

HousesA Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research CASE studentship has been making headlines.

The research project, on the impacts of second homes in North Devon, has generated interest from Spotlight, Radio Devon, This is Devon and Heart FM.

Currently, the percentage of second homes is as high as 27% in some areas of North Devon–significantly higher than the UK average.

The surge of interest follows claims by Cornwall Council that they could raise in the region of £1.6 million by removing council tax discounts for second homes, and claims by Radio Devon that Devon could benefit even more than Cornwall – possibly raising as much as £2 million.

‘This interest in our project couldn’t have come at a better time,’ said PhD Researcher Jenny Barnett. ‘I’ve just recently sent out postal surveys to North Devon residents, and I’m hoping this increased awareness will encourage even more residents to participate in our research.’

The project is being conducted in partnership with North Devon Council and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

More details about the project – including a short podcast of Jenny explaining her research – are available on the Centre’s website.