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November 25, 2014

ABPCO Adds Membership Category for Universities

Intriguing news from the UK this morning: The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has launched a new membership category for universities. The category is designed to attract higher learning institutions that incorporate association events into their degree programs. 

Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) and Manchester Metropolitan University become the first to have their courses recognised by ABPCO under the new plan, with the former receiving their membership certificate at the ABPCO Chairman’s Lunch and Excellence Awards on November 7 this year, while Manchester Metropolitan received theirs on  November 17 as part of a lecture delivered by ABPCO Association Director Heather Lishman.

“Our reason for wanting to join ABPCO was to introduce professional association bodies to our students so they can see the wider industry, make connections and use research opportunities," Sehar Graham, Programme Leader in Events Management, Manchester Metropolitan University said in a statement. "Heather’s lecture was a great insight for them – and I hope our relationship develops and grows.”

The membership category includes opportunities for universities to network with leaders in the industry, and to help enhance the research efforts of universities by potentially providing seedcorn funding, access to companies and suggestions for future research.  ABPCO members will, in turn, gain access to appropriate university research that can help their ongoing career growth and knowledge development.

“ABPCO members have a wealth of experience and knowledge, so the opportunity to use that to benefit university students and the industry as a whole is an exciting one,” Jennifer Jenkins, current chair of ABPCO, noted in a statement. “The education of the PCOs of the future is vital as is the need to share knowledge. Universities such as Leeds Beckett and Manchester Metropolitan prepare their students by arming them with the skills they need to succeed in the industry and our new university membership category will enhance that.”

For more information, visit www.abpco.org

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