Arts University Bournemouth welcomed alumni, friends and past staff back to campus to celebrate 25 years of the Creative Events Management course, one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. The event provided a nostalgic return to the university community for over 100 CEM alumni, celebrating their achievements since graduating.

Professor Stuart Bartholomew, AUB’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “Celebrating 25 years of the progress of this course is a great occasion, and the spread of talent represented by our CEM alumni is impressive.

“The course has acted as a launching pad for so many successful careers in the events industry, and they are engaged at a global level across a range of sectors. Our students have gone on to work for world leading organisations and include Holly Brooker, who has worked for Stormzy and Kylie Minogue. Lucy Woodbridge, Head of Visitor Events at the Natural History Museum created a four-month leaving party for Dippy the Diplodocus at the museum attracting thousands of visitors, before he left on a UK tour. Events are about having your fingers on the pulse on what the public will respond to, which our graduates can achieve in abundance”.

The event also saw inspiring speeches from Richard Wright, the very first course leader for the degree, and led the course for sixteen years,  CEM alumni and gallery curator Violet McClean, and Giorgia Garancini, AUB’s current Student Union President.