People

Philip Berners

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

Profile

Biography

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 three books (Routledge 2017, 2019, 2022) and edited a fourth in his series for Routledge, "The Practical Guide to Events and Hotel Management Series": https://www.routledge.com/The-Practical-Guide-to-Events-and-Hotel-Management-Series/book-series/PGE Philip's PhD is "An Events Industry Takes Shape: A Study of the UK and Poland". As an event manager himself, Philip was 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. Philip is a founding trustee of the Colchester Museums Development Foundation (CMDF).

Qualifications

  • PG Cert Ed University of London,

  • BA Hospitality Management University of West London,

Research and professional activities

Current research

An Events Industry Takes Shape: a Study of the UK and Poland

PhD to investigate the factors which influence an events industry as it takes shape. The project analyses the developed events industry in the UK and the evolving events industry in Poland.

Conferences and presentations

A model that solves the conflict between delivering theoretical knowledge and practical skills to students of events management

Association for Events Management Education (AEME), Hatfield, United Kingdom, 3/7/2019

Developing new talent for the hospitality industry in a turbulent environment

International Conference at the Department of Tourism & Hospitality, Poole, United Kingdom, 4/9/2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Conference and Events (EG126)

  • Events Operations (EG127)

  • Hotel Operations 1 (EG200)

  • Event Operations 1 (EG210)

  • Event Operations 2 (EG212)

  • Event Operations 3 (EG214)

  • Continual Professional Development (EG223)

  • Event Supervision, Data and Technology (EG227)

  • Creative Event Design (EG326)

  • Events Project (EG327)

  • Continual Professional Development (EG401)

  • Continual Professional Development (EG404)

  • Events Project (EG451)

  • Contemporary Issues in the International Hospitality Industry (EG700)

Publications

Books (4)

Berners, P. and Martin, A., (2022). The Practical Guide to Achieving Customer Satisfaction in Events and Hotels. Taylor & Francis. 1000617734. 9781000617733

Martin, A., (2019). The Practical Guide to Understanding and Raising Hotel Profitability. Routledge. 1000690563. 9780367218287

Berners, P., (2018). The Practical Guide to Managing Event Venues. Routledge. 1351045571. 9781138486409

Berners, P., (2017). The Practical Guide to Organising Events. Routledge. 1351819178. 9780415789967

Contact

p.berners@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874737

Location:

JT.12A, Colchester Campus