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Published: 05 October 2020

SHTM student, Aine Singleton, wins ATHE Best Undergraduate Student award

Earlier this month, International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) graduate Aine Singleton was awarded the Association for Tourism in Higher Education Best Undergraduate Student award. We spoke to Aine to get her thoughts on the award and to find out more about her time at Surrey.

© Aine Singleton
Aine Singleton
International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) student, Aine Singleton

Winning the ATHE Best Undergraduate Student award

The Association for Tourism in Higher Education is the subject association for tourism in higher education in the UK. I was nominated for the award by the Head of School and I had to write a short statement about my time at Surrey and what I had achieved, and next thing I knew, I had been chosen!

This award marks the end of four wonderful years at Surrey. I’d like to thank my incredible lecturers and friends at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management for the constant encouragement and support, and to the University for providing various opportunities to enhance my personal and professional development including the opportunity to study abroad, a Professional Training placement and the global graduate modules.

My time at Surrey

My favourite thing about the course was all the opportunities it presents you. I did a semester abroad in my second year at Surrey’s partner university - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. I then did a Professional Training placement at Emirates Holidays which was amazing, and I got to travel to Dubai a few times, which was incredible. The course also sets you up with so many contacts in the industry through events such as guest lectures.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

The best thing about the School is that all the academics are so passionate about their subjects and they really are experts in their field, with such an enthusiasm for tourism. There’s also a really strong focus on sustainability in the School and since graduating, I’ve realised just how important this is.

Societies and extra-curricular activities

I completed the Global Graduate Award in Spanish and I learnt a lot from it – it gave me such a good foundation level to build upon and it’s fantastic that it’s a free way to learn a language and is available to all students. I also joined the Running and Athletics Society in my first year and Surf Society in final-year.

Favourite memory at Surrey 

My favourite memory was coming back to Surrey after my semester abroad and placement year. It was just so nice to see everyone again and feel part of a community.

My career 

I was able to secure a role at Essity on their graduate onboarding programme doing sales and account management. It’s a two-year training programme which I’m really enjoying. 

Surrey helped me so much with regards to employability. They provided lots of professional development and mentoring modules, and they offer so much support for your future career.

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