Lecturers and cruise company partner to share knowledge

Senior teaching fellow in tourism at the University, Liz Sharples

Academic experts from the University of Portsmouth’s business school and industrial experts at Carnival Cruises in Southampton have met to develop closer ties and see what they can learn from each other.

Lecturers in tourism, hospitality, human resources, sales and marketing were given a tour of the company’s headquarters and then teamed up with the relevant industry managers to share ideas about academic practice and industry application.

Event organiser Senior Teaching Fellow (tourism) Liz Sharples said: “It was a very interesting day learning about the cruise business and developing industry links to help provide an even more  relevant student experience.

“We are very grateful to the team at Carnival for sharing their expertise and we look forward to working with them again.”

Carnival UK’s Learning and Development Manager Darren Rushforth said:” It is as important to us as it is to the University to share an understanding of how academia meets industry and we hope that this visit will be the start of a knowledge exchange that will not only help the University but will help Carnival UK to be introduced to the talent of the future.”

The lecturers on the trip were Liz Sharples, Kerry Collier, David Ward, Richard Lowton and Jennifer Johnston. Between them, they’re responsible for designing and delivering a wide range of courses covering tourism, hospitality, sales and marketing.

Their counterparts at Carnival are planning to visit the University next year to better understand the students and courses and to share further knowledge.

In June some of the hospitality and tourism teaching team have been invited to visit the Royal Princess Cruise ship during turnaround at Southampton to develop further industry links and review employment opportunities on-board.

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