Date of release: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A1927-ROB-EVENTS-PRIZERob Davidson, an events lecturer at the University of Greenwich has been named as one of the country's most influential people in the business events industry.

The leading professional magazine for the sector, Conference & Incentive Travel,gave Rob a coveted place in its annual Power 50 awards, which were revealed last night at the Century Club in London.

The winners are the 50 people who have "had the most impact on the live events industry in the past year", as voted by readers of the magazine. The University of Greenwich was the only academic institution to have a member of staff named in the awards. Having been named in the awards since they began five years ago, Rob's influence is growing: this year, for the first time, he made it into the top 20 - being voted in at number 16.

The magazine said that Rob had been nominated "for ensuring the continued presence of high-calibre graduates entering the industry" and that he had "contributed to the [events] sector with in-depth market analysis". Every year, Rob researches and writes for the Industry Trends and Market Share Report, a leading barometer for the state of the global events industry.

Rob says: "Events Management is a fast-growing area of academic interest, and one which is increasingly popular with students seeking the skills to work in this industry.

At the University of Greenwich, we are committed to making a major contribution to the professionalization of the events industry in London and beyond. Events play a key role in the business, cultural and sporting life of our nation, and more and more young people are deciding to make their careers in this industry. All the members of our Events Management team at the University of Greenwich are passionate about preparing the next generation of professionals for success in the events sector".

Rob was appointed to the University of Greenwich earlier this year. He joins a fast-growing group of events management, tourism and marketing experts within the university's Business School, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Events Management as well as carrying out research and consultancy. His specialist interests include conference and exhibition management as well as destination marketing. He began his own professional career with VisitBritain,

the national tourism agency responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain's visitor economy.

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For further information, please contact:

Caron Jones

Head of Public Relations

University of Greenwich

020 8331 8248

University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich is a large university with three campuses - in Greenwich, at the Old Royal Naval College, a World Heritage site; in Avery Hill, south-east London, set among 86 acres of parkland; and in Medway, at an elegant Edwardian red-brick campus in Chatham Maritime. The university is home to a thriving community of nearly 29,000 students, one in five of them postgraduate, and combines strong regional, national and international links with a record for excellence in research and a mission for access to higher education.

The university carried out more than £15 million of research and consultancy for companies, research councils and other public and private bodies last year. The quality of the university's research work has been recognised in the award of three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education. The university has also won four recent Times Higher Education awards.

Alongside its major economic, social and cultural contribution, the university prides itself on its high standards of teaching, careers guidance and personal support. The two most recent Sunday Times University Guides have placed Greenwich at the top of the London league table for student satisfaction. In the 2011 Sunday Times Guide, Greenwich was ranked 26th overall for student satisfaction, placing it among the top quarter of all UK universities. Greenwich also topped the publication's national league table for student satisfaction in a variety of subjects including Civil, Chemical and other Engineering courses, Law, and Medical Sciences and Pharmacy. The Sunday Times added that students at the Greenwich campus "have some of the most exquisite university grounds in the country".

People from more than 100 countries choose to study at Greenwich, as part of an international student community of 5,000. The university also has an extensive international network of partnerships with universities and overseas colleges.