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July 29, 2015

UK Universities Team Up with ABPCO for Industry Research

Several top universities will work together with The Association of British Professional Conference Organizers (ABPCO) on research that seeks to assist managers within the association sector.

Senior academics from nine universities met at the Barbican to map a research agenda with the intention of helping to boost the competitiveness of managers working in the industry.

This follows ABPCO’s strategic decision to create a new membership category specifically to connect academic research, researchers and professional practice.

“Universities are often seen by practitioners only in relation to issues associated with the flow of students to the industry,” Rhodri Thomas, Professor of Tourism & Events Policy at Leeds Beckett University, said in a statement. “That’s important, but universities can offer more. A significant volume of research is produced by academics that, if presented appropriately, might prompt practitioners to re-think some of their practices or help them answer some of the questions that challenge them from time-to-time.”

ABPCO’s Caroline Windsor introduced the event by declaring that gaining access to research produced in universities was one of ABPCO’s five priorities, and that the links between ABPCO and leading Universities has never been stronger.

A finalized subject for the research will now be decided upon based on the needs and wants of the industry following this initial meeting.

Universities taking part in the research include:

·         Leeds Beckett University

·         University of Surrey

·         University of Greenwich

·         Bournemouth University

·         University of Derby

·         University of Sunderland

·         London Metropolitan University

·         Northumbria University

·         Liverpool John Moores University

For more information about ABPCO visit www.abpco.org.

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