Coventry celebrates high-flying graduates

The high-flying graduates celebrate outside Coventry Cathedral

Coventry University is celebrating its first group of high-flying graduates, as this year sees the first cohort of students to be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Aviation Management.

The course was introduced in 2008 by the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and gives students insight and valuable hands-on experience from partnership working and placement opportunities with organisations in the industry.

Following the graduation ceremony at Coventry Cathedral, on Thursday 24 November 2011, three special industry awards were presented to outstanding students by professional partners Coventry Airport, Birmingham Airport and TUI Travel PLC, at an event held in The Hub, the new heart of the University campus.

Ashley Bannister received the Coventry Airport Prize for the Best Degree Student, based on his final year performance; while Alexander Smith gained a double accolade, being awarded the Birmingham Airport Prize for Outstanding Overall Performance and the TUI UK and Ireland Prize for Best Final Year Project, for his thesis on reducing aircraft fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

Coventry University’s Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management, Jenni Fernando said: “Coventry University is delighted to have such a close working relationship with Coventry Airport, Birmingham Airport and TUI Travel PLC. The programme of site visits, work placements and graduate employment provided by our industry partners is of huge benefit to the students and really places them one step ahead for their chosen career paths.”

Currently a final year student is working part time in TUI’s Coventry office, following a successful paid internship last year at the company’s base in Luton.

Deirdre Kotze, the Airline Environmental Manager at TUI Travel PLC gave an industry seminar to students regarding TUI’s Environmental Strategy, following the presentation of awards in The Hub. She said:

“Working in partnership with universities like Coventry is key to the success of TUI’s placement scheme and helps us build on our reputation as a leading company to work for. We hope that the link between Aviation Management Students and TUI, by the provision of placements and the employment of graduates, will go from strength to strength in the future.”
Birmingham Airport Community Affairs Manager, Andy Holding said:

“It is vital for the future of aviation in the Midlands that high-calibre individuals are committed to joining our industry. Birmingham Airport is delighted to recognise Alexander Smith’s achievements and the growing reputation of the BSc Aviation Management course at Coventry University.

Coventry Airport’s Business Development Manager, Marc Watkins said: “It was a natural choice for Coventry Airport to partner up with the University when looking for student interns to help the Airport forward in its growth and development; and these students have been a great asset to the Airport and are a credit to Coventry University and its scholastic values. Both parties have genuinely benefited from this relationship, with students gaining relevant work experience to bolster their CVs, and the Airport having access to the fresh innovative thinking that comes from working with members of a course such as this.”

Students who wish to further their knowledge of the aviation industry can apply for postgraduate courses at Coventry University, choosing from either an Air Transport Management MSc or Aviation Management MBA, or graduates may embark on research studies at the end of their BSc course.