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  • Jonty Hickson

    FD Tourism & Events Management Partner Institution: Runshaw College

Jonty had worked in the Travel and Tourism Industry for 20 years as a tour operator, sales executive and in customer support. He noticed that most of his colleagues were gaining degrees and he knew he could rise to the challenge too, so he enrolled onto the UCLan course, Foundation Degree Tourism & Events Management at Runshaw College. “The course reignited my passion for the travel and tourism industry and gave me the enthusiasm to successfully acquire my dream job as Senior Reservations Consultant at the luxury travel company, Destinology.“My tutor strongly encouraged the use of the UCLan facilities available to me and I completed a WISER workshop at UCLan Preston which resulted in me increasing my average results from 50% to 75%”.

Jonty added, “The compact and flexible study time offered by Runshaw College gave me the ability to work and study at the same time, as well as bring up my three young children (6,8 and 10)”.

Jonty is keen for others to see what he has achieved and be motivated by his experience. Jonty is now studying BA (Hons) Tourism Management at UCLan Preston and is now studying the PG Cert Management course.