Helston Community College visits Business School

One of the many activities I do within the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and Plymouth Business School is organising specifically requested and tailored campus visits for South West Secondary schools. The aims of these visits is for pupils to learn about our Business Faculty and the University as a whole, meet student ambassadors, learn about university life and funding, and especially explore the business degree programmes.

I was pleased to welcome Helston Community College last Friday. The day started with a lecture from Dr Sarah Tuck, the programme manager for Maritime Business. Dr Tuck introduced pupils to the fascinating world of Maritime Business. Most of us, I believe, have probably quite an old-fashion view of shipping. However, on the day, we learned that shipping is not just about containers, we discovered that Maritime Business is about port management, business, commodities, maritime law and insurance, ship management, ship operation, ship broking and logistics and much more.

Logistics link all the processes involved from obtaining the raw material through to delivering the finished goods to the customers. Logisticians make sure that the right goods are available in the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity and quality and at the right price.

The business of ports, ships and maritime trade is thriving and expanding in the UK, with London being the world centre for maritime related business. Furthermore the UK has the largest port industry in the world, with 110 commercial harbours managing around 500m tonnes of cargo every year. Shipping, Ports and Business services in the UK (figures from 2013) directly employs 219,400 people, create £9.9 billion of direct value and indirectly make 468,900 jobs and £22.2 billion gross value.

Dr Tuck also talked about the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which is the United Nations’ specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

90% of world trade goes by sea

A year of Global shipping routes
A year of Global Shipping Routes

Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods; it provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples (International Maritime Organisation)

Dr Andreas Walmsley, the Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Hospitality, Events and Tourism talked about the opportunities and degree programmes the School of Tourism and Hospitality offers. Dr Walmsley, highlighted the benefits of the various tourism programmes  being vocationally focused, having regional, national and international commercial links, engaging with numerous industry bodies and associations such as the South West Tourism Alliance and the regional charter of the Tourism Society.

There could possibly be no better place to study tourism than here in the South West   which represents one of the United Kingdom’s most popular tourist regions. It boasts major tourist attractions right on the doorstep of the Plymouth campus.

The talk continued with an explanation and exploration of tourist typologies and tourist behaviour and concluded with a group activity, that aimed to find out what type of tourist each of us is. Dr Walmsley talked about the different classifications of tourist. He explained the Gray’s Typology (1970) – sunlust v wanderlust and also talked about Plog (1977) classification. Plog(1977) proposed a theory that classifies tourists depending on the destination or holiday they choose. According to Plog, there are three main categories: allocentric (adventurous, unusual exotic destination), psychocentric (less adventurous, prefer familiar places, mass tourist)and mid-centric (combination of both).

The day followed on with lunch and a campus tour, after which student ambassadors and myself talked about student life, various business degree programmes and opportunities.

In the words of Upasana, a student ambassador and a current 3rd year student of Economics “It is very rewarding, as a student ambassador, to talk about my university experience and inspire young people to pursue their ambitions and realise the endless opportunities available to them while they are here, visiting Plymouth University”.

In the words of Nick Sutton: “Helston Community College  has  visited Plymouth University on a couple of occasions to look at their provision for Hospitality/Travel and Business and give the students an opportunity to look at  university  life. The day was very well structured and allowed the students to meet a number of different lecturers,  who discussed the type of courses that they run and what is involved in the process, this is an excellent and interesting method of allowing the students a taste of university. The campus tour allowed the students to visit the faculty that they work in and look at the facilities on site”.

I really enjoyed the visit and I look forward to many more visits and school engagement opportunities. Thank you for reading my post. Please do check out the school engagement page or contact me directly for more information about our programmes and opportunities.


Elena Novakova- Network Advisor in External Relations
A year of Global Shipping Routes

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