Yesterday’s news that the University of Westminster rose from number 30 to number 6 in the Complete University Guide 2018 UK ratings for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism subject area has been welcomed by the university and the subject area teaching team in the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment. It is also the number 1 university in London for the subject area. For students at the university – both local and international, London the greatest city in the world – is their campus.

“Westminster University’s improvement in this year’s Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism table is something to behold, rising from 30th to knocking on the door of the top five”. The university runs the MA in Event Design and Management and the BA Honours in Tourism and Events Management as well as BA and MA courses in Tourism Planning, Tourism Business and Tourism Management.

The University of Westminster has a strong connection to the events industry, providing many firsts. It was the first polytechnic to open in the UK in 1838; becoming a university in 1992. Other events included the opening of the first public photographic portrait studio in Europe in 1841; being the venue for the first public moving picture show in the UK, organised by the Lumiere brothers in 1896 and organising the first marathon race at the 1908 London Olympics.

Venue spaces such as the historic Regent Street Cinema, at its Regent Street campus as well as venues at Cavendish Street, Harrow and Marylebone campuses; are all part of the London events landscape; including the huge blank canvas Ambika P3 in Marylebone Road. Ambika P3 is one of central London’s only large high-ceiling blank canvas spaces where London Fashion Week shows, product launches and exhibitions such as the Fab Fest – the International Fabrication Competition (pictured) – takes place, kindly sponsored by Hawthorn.

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Adam is the co-founder and editor of www.eventindustrynews.com Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.