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Amanda Payne

Lecturer in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, Course Leader for Event Management
Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Amanda currently teaches and manages a variety of research, subject specific (tourism, hospitality and events industry based) and management modules to a range of students undertaking their foundation, undergraduate and post graduate qualifications. Amanda is also the current course leader for the event management programme.

Amanda has a passion for teaching and has lectured since 2013 and therefore has experience of developing, leading and teaching on a variety of subject specific, management and research-based modules. Amanda’s aim as a tutor is to motivate students to develop their own learning interests and critical thinking and has a ‘student first’ focus and truly believes that education has the potential to change lives. In the past Amanda has also organised and escorted students on various national and international trips including to Cambodia for the last four years - in some cases this has been life changing for students and allowed them to view the world from a very different perspective. Having her own business, also informs her teaching such as that on the ‘Enterprise’ which allows the students the opportunity to explore the feasibility of their own business ideas. Amanda has also lectured in the field of tourism, hospitality and events management in several international destinations including Cambodia and Poland. Over the years, Amanda has also been a visiting scholar in China and delivered a variety of modules to students in their first year with the ambition that they will join UCLan in their second and final years. The experience of working with different cultures has provided Amanda with an incredibly useful perspective of today's global society.

Amanda has an extensive commercial background and has experience of the operational side of the industry. Amanda first graduated with an art degree and was an artist for several years, progressing from this she became a client manager helping to build and maintain relationships, and then as an event organiser - planning, organising and delivering numerous art events both nationally and internationally with visitor numbers at times exceeding 500. Amanda firmly believes that we need to preserve the best of our culture and nature for generations to come. Separate to lecturing, Amanda is a joint CEO and major shareholder of a building environmental controls company that specialises in reducing carbon footprints via environmentally friendly energy management systems in commercial buildings. As an example of what the company has achieved, Manchester Airport hit ahead of schedule its ambitions of becoming carbon neutral and has reduced its energy consumption by 28% to date. This project went on to win Technical Innovation of the Year and the Energy Management Award at the 2014 BCIA awards (UK’s leading controls industry awards), due to the energy savings that were achieved after the BMS installations.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association, 2017
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ), 2017
  • PhD., Poverty Alleviation, Tourism and the Arts: A Symbiotic Relationship? A Case study of Siem Reap, Cambodia, University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • PGCE Post 16 (Tourism, Hospitality and Events), Wigan And Leigh College, 2013
  • M.Sc., International Hospitality and Event Management (Distinction), University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • BA Hons., Tourism Management (First Class), Staffordshire University, 2011
  • FDA, Tourism Management (First Class Equivalent), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2010
  • Amanda is currently an external examiner at both a national and international university and also has a separate appointment as a mentor for new external examiners. Amanda is also on a university board for exceptions and considers and advises on cases such as posthumous and aegrotat awards, requests for extensions to registration, and progression outcomes which are exceptional to university academic regulations.