At Leeds Beckett University, our MSc in Responsible Tourism Management explores domestic and international tourism – as responsible principles are as applicable to the Yorkshire Dales as they are to The Gambia. In addition to developing subject knowledge, students learn how to plan, implement and evaluate responsible tourism policies and practices. Students look at real issues and solutions and develop the management skills that are required to operate effectively at a strategic level within government, non-governmental and private sectors. We are currently developing our course to increase our links to industry and are in the process of setting up partnerships with industry to link modules more closely to real life examples. Our course is also the only responsible tourism course in the world certified by the UNWTO TedQual programme.
Our teaching is grounded in industry consultancy and research. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), our contribution to the University’s research activities was ranked at the highest level. Staff teaching this course have played a leading role in the responsible tourism and hospitality movement through research and development work with the industry and government which enables our students to also play an important role in this sector. Dr Xavier Font is a key advisor to the UNWTO and other agencies, frequently undertaking research for the EU, the processes and findings of which are shared with his students. Lucy McCombes is a certified Travelife auditor and Dr Simon Woodward is chair of the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee and a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre, Dr Davina Stanford has worked with international organisations such as UNWTO and UNEP and within the UK tourist boards such as VisitEngland. More information on the course can be found here or contact Dr Davina Stanford (course leader).