Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education:

REF, TEF, and collaboration with industry

6th-7th December 2018 at Leeds Beckett University

(hosted by the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Leeds Beckett University)

leeds beckett univeristyCONFERENCE PROGRAMME 2018


This year, our pedagogic theme focuses on industry-education collaboration in relation to teaching and research and, given our conference setting, our research theme focuses on city tourism. Our PhD Colloquium, sponsored by the Family Holiday Association, continues for the fifth year to encourage students to present at an established conference, meet potential employers and get constructive feedback in a friendly, supportive environment.

Professor Melanie Smith (Institute of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality, Budapest Metropolitan University) will open the conference with her Keynote on ‘Beyond the Ivory Tower: Creativity and Transformation in Higher Education’, drawing on her UK and European experiences.  This will establish the conference theme on creativity and transformation in tourism education, particularly in terms of creative leadership, developing students vocationally and encouraging connections with industry.

Dr Heike Behle (Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick) will continue the theme with her Keynote on ‘Employability as an outcome of tourism education beyond TEF: Theoretical conceptualisation and measurement’.  The vocational and applied nature of our tourism programmes, together with the current HE landscape, makes this research particularly relevant.  Other speakers will contribute to a panel discussion on ‘From rhetoric to reality: making education – industry links really work’.

Therefore, we are seeking submissions on:

Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF and Collaboration with Industry: This theme reflects collaboration, creativity and transformation in all aspects of curriculum and vocational development, continuing professional development, students and industry as co-creators, teaching, learning and assessment in Tourism.

City Tourism Research: This research theme reflects our 2018 conference location in the vibrant city of Leeds, the biggest financial district outside of London, and considers research connected with social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions of city tourism.

PhD Colloquium: Within the Colloquium, we encourage PhD researchers to present one specific aspect of their research (e.g.: a specific theoretical perspective, a particular challenge in data collection or one particular theme that emerged from the findings).


Leeds is well served by rail and air. Frequent direct trains from London to Leeds take just over two hours and there are direct train service links from many other major UK cities. Leeds-Bradford Airport is approximately eight miles from Leeds city centre and serves more than 75 direct destinations across 24 European countries; with worldwide connections through the hubs of London Heathrow T5, Amsterdam and Dublin.


This year’s conference is to take place at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. Set in 100 acres of parkland, which is less than three miles from Leeds city centre, the campus has hosted visitors as varied as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.

Accommodation is in Weetwood Hall Estate, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire. LS16 5PS (

The Wednesday evening pre-Conference activity (5th December) is in The Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive Leeds, LS10 1LT ( ).

The Conference Dinner (Thursday 6th December) is in 18th century Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England, with art collections to rival the finest in Britain (


We welcome abstracts around any aspect of the conference themes, for example:

  • Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF, and Collaboration with Industry: Curriculum Development
  • Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF, and Collaboration with Industry: The Learning Experience
  • Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF, and Collaboration with Industry: Assessment
  • Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF, and Collaboration with Industry: Research Impact
  • Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF, and Collaboration with Industry: Continuing Professional Development
  • Social, cultural, economic or environmental dimensions of city tourism research
  • PhD Colloquium

It is expected that the papers will be delivered in many ways: conceptual, discursive, critical, workshop based, experiential, or information dissemination. We welcome delegates’ perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that teaching Tourism offers in all realms of Higher Education.


For more information, please contact: Dr Claire Haven-Tang, ATHE Co-Chair (