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February 2008 – present University of Huddersfield
Course Leader and Lecturer Events Management
Nikki Dawson is the course leader and a senior lecturer for the BA (Hons) Events Management Degree, in the school of Logistics and Hospitality Management. Nikki joined the University in 2008 following 10 years working in the creative arts, events and hospitality industry in a variety of careers as a theatre manager, a stage manager and pub manager. Through her diverse career she has built an excellent industry network that enables her and her students to keep in touch with the ever changing face of events management.
Nikki’s teaching specialisms include project management for events, events operations management, technology in events, the legal environment and health and safety management. She is the module leader for the honors level final practical project – where students deliver a variety of challenging public, high profile events on behalf of a client.
Nikki’s achievements in industry and academia have been recognised by numerous awards for excellent customer service and inspirational teaching.
Nikki’s interests include:
Student motivation, perceptions and expectations.
Aculturalisation and Enculturalisation of International Students into the UK Education higher system.
International events health and safety best practice
Her DBA will investigate health and safety and legal barriers to the survival of community cultural arts events. The focus of which will be on organizers attitudes towards health and safety and the law.
Nikki works closely as a student volunteer manager with the local council in assisting them with the delivery of their public events. Students have had the unique opportunity to volunteer on high profile events such as the Olympic Torch Relay and the Huddersfield Festival of Light.
Currently Nikki supervises undergraduate event management research students. Her area of expertise is in events technology, stage management of music festivals and theatre and the legal environment for events. Student research project topics include the development of technology in delivering sustainable events and creating legal framework and best practice for the industry.
The events management course has introduced an events management volunteering agency that provides four events management students with an industrial placement. This is an on-going project that will annually enable a new group of students the opportunity to run an events management enterprise, delivering events for the University and external clients. The enterprise also manages a database of volunteers to facilitate the delivery of the events.
Nikki and the academic team have been working alongside the Prince’s Trust Million Makers scheme since 2009. Students are mentored by the team to deliver a fundraising event in aid of the charity. The Huddersfield events students have won the regional fundraising award for three consecutive years and won the national final in 2011.
Course leader for Events Management and SBC collaborative provision Shanghai
Nikki teaches in the following areas:
Sport, Leisure and Recreation is an option that introduces students to concepts of organisational behaviour and management theory within the context of sport, leisure and recreation. Students also develop an appreciation of the economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of the sectors and the demand generating sources attached to their development.
For the Event Management Operations module Nikki teaches the health and safety, logistics, licensing and public safety elements in this introductory module.
Nikki co-teaches on the Managing the Live Event module which extends and develops the students practical skills as they undertake the running of a live event in association with a nominated charity. The module aims to develop students’ organisational, team working and planning skills in the context of a live event
Design and technology. Nikki teaches the technical aspects of this module. Students take part in practical sessions to familiarise themselves with industry standard terminology. Students learn basic operational skills of sound, lighting and power distribution.
At honours level Nikki teaches the 40 credit practical core module Managing the Client Event which provides the opportunity for students to undertake the planning, design and management of a live event for a client or organisation whilst testing and analysing project management theories and systems. The module is delivered over two terms and culminates in students managing an assessed live event and a written piece of assessment in each term; initially a review of project management literature and latterly an analysis of the pertinence of theoretical models.