An Alumni Story – Stephen McPhillips

Stephen McPhillips, Graduated in 2018, ITTM

My four years at Ulster University studying International Travel and Tourism Management were the best years of my life. This degree gave me the opportunity to meet an amazing range of people, learn in-depth about the local and international travel, tourism, and hospitality industries that are continuously growing around us, and my personal favourite part was the opportunity to learn hands-on during a placement year. I spent my year away at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a Cultural Representative getting to work with one of the biggest tourism/hospitality companies in the world, which led me to come back to my final year of studies with more knowledge than ever and helped me excel through the final year and gain first-class honours.  

After graduating, I was able to use my degree and my work experience with Disney that UU helped me achieve, to gain a job with Galgorm Collection at their Galgorm Resort, and within 2 months move my way up to managerial positions within Conferencing & Banqueting, followed by a further promotion to Restaurant Manager.  

Currently, The Walt Disney Company has invited me back out to do a further year with them in my old position with the extra job role of being a core trainer for new cast members. After this, I’m back to climbing my career ladder with Galgorm next year in 2023! I know this was only possible due to my experience, knowledge, and attitude that I gained through my four years with Ulster University, and if I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!  

September… you have been amazing!

What an amazing month in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management from welcoming students to industry collaboration and celebrating success.

We kicked off September with 15 of Northern Ireland’s food and retail firms visiting our Food and Consumer Testing Suite (FACTS) to get a glimpse into the future of food innovation. This was followed by induction for our new and returning students as we warmly welcomed them to the thriving Belfast and Coleraine campuses.

Although, we are only two weeks into the semester, our students have already heard from a range of exciting industry speakers and attended the inspiring Institute of Hospitality NI annual student conference. We have also been celebrating student success as BSc Culinary Arts Management student, Emma-Jayne McCartney and BSc International Hospitality Management Student Jordan Sloan were shortlisted in the ‘Most Promising Student’ category at the Tourism NI Giant Spirit Awards.

The team have been busy collaborating over delicious breakfast meetings discussing exciting course developments and research, while also attending key industry events.

We can’t wait to see what is in store for October.

Welcome to the New blog for the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Welcome to our Department of Hospitality and Tourism blog.  Our brand new blog just launched at the end of a wonderful welcome week for all our students at both our campuses (Belfast and Coleraine). It is still early days but we hope to bring to you more content as the weeks’ progress!

From all of us at DHTM we wish you a wonderful academic Year and we shall let the welcome week pictures do the talking for us! We begin with a small selection of photos from the Belfast-based welcome week:

And continue with another small selection of photos from our Coleraine campus:

Our Best wishes from the whole community of Hospitality and Tourism Management students and staff.

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