Philip Berners

Course Co-Ordinator
Edge Hotel School
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
 Philip Berners



Philip joined the Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex in January 2017. His previous appointment was as lecturer in event and hospitality modules at the University of West London. He gained his Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and was accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since joining the Edge Hotel School as lecturer and course co-ordinator of the BA Event Management programme, Philip has published two books (Routledge 2017, 2019) and has embarked on his Ph.D researching event management in evolving markets, a comparative study of Poland and the UK. As an event manager himself, Philip was the head of events at Thorpe Park, the London Hippodrome and Camden Palace. He was a senior manager at the BRIT Awards for three years and has a client portfolio which includes the Queen, Prince Charles, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez and Shania Twain. Philip spent 10 years in Poland where he was an event consultant and director of his own school of event management.


  • PG Cert Ed University of London,

  • BA Hospitality Management University of West London,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Hotel Operations 1 (EG200)

  • Hotel Operations 2 (EG202)

  • Hotel Operations 3 (EG204)

  • Event Operations 1 (EG210)

  • Event Operations 2 (EG212)

  • Event Operations 3 (EG214)

  • Events Project (EG451)

  • Continual Professional Development (EG401)

  • Events Project (EG327)


Books (2)

Berners, P., (2018). The Practical Guide to Managing Event Venues. Routledge. 1351045571. 9781351045575

Berners, P., (2017). The Practical Guide to Organising Events. Routledge. 1351819178. 9781351819176

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