Department of Events
The Department of Events engages in research that examines the impact of the events industry and provides teaching led by world-leading academics.
Ranked 1st in the UK, 1st in Europe and 3rd globally in our field (Shanghai Global Ranking, 2021), our events programmes are at the cutting edge, led by world leading academics and industry experts.
Our events programme is led by world leading academics and teachers. Throughout your student journey we will expose you to the dynamic and ever evolving field of events! This includes designing and running your own Covid-safe live events, pitching new ideas, critically analysing attendee experiences, right through to understanding the role of events and festivals as a powerful driver for social and economic change at a community, city, country and international level. Our informal, collaborative and high quality learning environment is designed to give you a top student experience, insights into cutting edge research, and employability skills to be an effective future events professional.
Have a look at the profiles of our academics and industry experts, from Melvin Benn who is Managing Director of Festival Republic directing the UKs biggest music festivals (Glastonbury to Latitude), to Shona McCarthy who is Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the biggest cultural festivals in the world.
Study with us
We offer a range of courses designed to develop specialised skills and knowledge in the thriving events sector.
Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events
The Observatory for Human Rights and Major Events (HaRM) is the UK’s official ‘Olympic Studies Centre’ endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) providing cutting edge research and analytical insights around the social, economic and environmental impacts of the events industry.
Affiliated to leading events industry associations
Our visiting fellows are senior managers working at leading events organisations...
Programme Leader and Lecturer in Events / PhD Researcher (Environmental Psychology & Travel)
Postgraduate research students
Professor Paul Pike
Our fellows are internationally leading event industry experts, ensuring that our learning, teaching and research is informed by real practical insights and live experiences to bring the programme to life. Our students and academics love interacting with those at the cutting edge of the events industry, and this is a key reason why we are ranked 1st in the UK, 1st in Europe and 3rd globally in our field (Shanghai Global Ranking, 2021).
Managing Director, Festival Republic
Head of Tournament Delivery, The Football Association
Director of Events, VisitScotland
CEO, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Director of OSB Events, CSM Sports & Entertainment
Head of Public Engagement, University of Cambridge
Founder and Group Executive Director, Smyle
Sarah Louise de Carvalho MBE
CEO, It's a Penalty