The Association for Tourism in Higher Education is the subject association for tourism in higher education in the UK. Three ATHE awards were given this year:
- Teaching Award for Leadership in Visitor Economy, won by University of Westminster
- Research Award for Leadership in Visitor Economy, won by Bournemouth University
- Research Award for Tourism in Globalisation, won by Surrey University
The ATHE Awards celebrate the impact that teaching, learning and research in tourism can have on society. Through the awards the Association recognises excellence with regards to building leadership and management capacity in the visitor economy and understanding global complexity through tourism.
Westminster’s award, sponsored by VisitEngland, was presented to Caroline Dunmore by Phil Evans, Head of Policy and Analysis at VisitEngland at the ATHE Annual Conference in December 2013. Caroline Dunmore is a visiting lecturer at Westminster and teaches on our Diploma of Special Study in Tour Guiding. Westminster offers one Diploma focusing on the City of Westminster, and another on Clerkenwell and Islington. The courses enable students to develop the skills required to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours. The courses mix learning about the areas and their history with sessions devoted to the skills required to interpret the areas to diverse audiences. Successful completion of the courses leads to membership of the relevant Guides Association.
Dr Andrew Smith, lead academic on the Diplomas of Special Study in Tour Guiding, said: “This award reflects the innovative work undertaken by the team of academics and guide tutors responsible for developing these courses. The Diplomas of Special Study in Tour Guiding capitalise on the unusual mix of tourism, architectural and urban expertise in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and allow a different type of student to access it.”
The courses are hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, which has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in London’s architectural history and in city tourism.