Event Management Educators Ireland (EMEI)

Event Management Educators Ireland (EMEI)

In Spring 2020, following the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown throughout Ireland, which had devastating impacts on the wider festivals & events sector in Ireland, a number of educators in the field of event management initiated a discussion about how higher and further education in Ireland could best respond to the crisis. Resulting from these informal discussions, it was decided to form a new grouping – Event Management Educators Ireland (EMEI).

EMEI – Purpose of group:

 To develop synergies between educators teaching and researching in the festival and event management studies arena, and to develop further collaborative links with the wider festival/ events sector, to the mutual benefit of all.

Initial Areas of work:

Alerting industry to educational/ upskilling opportunities.

  • Catalogue and make available the various event management certificate/ diploma/degree and postgraduate programmes available in the higher education sector in
  • Life Long learning and up-skilling opportunities via Springboard Programmes, Special Purpose Awards, etc.
  • Seek input from industry on possible upskilling

Alerting industry to placement opportunities /requirements

  • Catalogue and make available the various placement opportunities available in the higher education sector in Ireland on festival/ event management programmes, and HEIs to provide details of placement requirements (placement contract, duration, contact point )

Networking with industry

  • Actively recruit students to become members of industry bodies so they can engage with the industry from the outset of their careers.
  • Invite practitioners to give guest lectures/ facilitate thesis research for mutual knowledge
  • Seek opportunities to co-host seminars/conferences on event-related


  • Produce top line summaries / make top 5 final year theses from each Higher institution available for industry to access.
  • Liaising further with industry on applied research for undergraduate/ post graduate students, e.g. practitioners can provide a list of suggested thesis topics
  • Work with practitioners to learn more about career progression of alumni from Irish HEIs and so learn about career advancement in the sector more

Current Member Institutions, Colleges and Universities:

  • AIT-LIT Consortium
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire
  • IT Carlow,
  • IT Sligo
  • Munster Technological University (Kerry)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Sound Training College Temple
  • TU Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Ulster University

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