Ulster University defies the trend by establishing a multi-million pound hospitality school to address the post-Brexit skills gap.

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Ulster University defies the trend by establishing a multi-million pound hospitality school to address the post-Brexit skills gap.

With the pandemic and Brexit exacerbating the UK’s skills shortage, industry leaders have stated that continuing to offer professional hospitality courses, as they do in Europe, is critical.

A multi-million pound hospitality school and cultural hub is set to open at a university in Northern Ireland, helping to address the sector’s post-Brexit skills shortage.

Ulster University Business School has invested £360 million in a new campus, with a large portion of that going toward a specialist center for aspiring chefs, restaurant managers, and hospitality entrepreneurs.

While other institutions are shuttering their culinary arts programs, Academy: the Centre for Food, Drink, and Culture has a commercial restaurant and bar.

The investment is more important than ever, according to Donald Sloan, a hospitality consultant and chair of the center’s steering committee.

“Our industry has long been underfunded, and there is still a perception that hospitality isn’t deserving of such investment,” he told me.

“I think one good thing to come out of an awful two years is how valuable and necessary our pubs and restaurants are – this project goes against the grain.”

However, we will require skilled personnel to work in them.

“Universities in other parts of the country are cutting funding.

This is a long-term commitment, and I believe it will have a significant impact.”

In September 2019, despite widespread public outcry, one of the country’s leading university hospitality schools closed its training restaurant.

“Following a formal consultation process and careful consideration,” Oxford Brookes Restaurant, which was part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, shut down.

The Advertiser reported in the same year that Derby University’s Buxton campus would be discontinuing hospitality, tourism, and events management courses, displacing hundreds of students.

With the pandemic and Brexit exacerbating the UK’s skills shortage, industry leaders have stated that continuing to offer professional hospitality courses, as they do in Europe, is critical.

“We’re one of the oldest departments in the UK and Ireland, and this investment means we’ve built an amazing new learning environment for students,” said Ulster University’s head of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Professor Una McMahon-Beattie.

“Hospitality has long been a part of Ulster’s culture.

Now, with a restaurant, kitchen, bar, board room, and visitor center, we’ve gone even further.

“With world-class facilities, this is currently one of Europe’s largest educational developments.”

Ulster University defies the trend by establishing a multimillion-pound hospitality school to address the post-Brexit skills gap.

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