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AGF to accredit uni courses on sustainability in events

A Greener Festival (AGF) will now be able to accredit university courses which focus on sustainability in the event and festival industries after gaining official recognition from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

The first courses to achieve AGF’s accreditation are Falmouth University’s BA (Hons) sustainable festival management, BA(Hons) sustainable tourism management and BA(Hons) creative events management.

Accreditation by AGF means that students will gain theory and knowledge of current practice required by environmental practitioners in the event industry, both in the UK and internationally.

“AGF has had education at the core of its mission to help events and festivals reduce their environmental impact”

Teresa Moore, AGF director and lead on education and research says: “Since its inception in 2006, AGF has had education at the core of its mission to help events and festivals understand and reduce their environmental impact.

“Over the years AGF has worked closely with a number of universities to help create and deliver course content and at the same time has developed its own, acclaimed environmental assessor training courses for industry professionals.

“Having come from the higher education sector, I understand how invaluable it is to students to know that their degree course is recognised by industry bodies working in their chosen field.”

Adrian Bossey, acting director of the school of entrepreneurship at Falmouth University said: “We are really excited that our innovative degrees are the first in the world to be accredited by AGF and look forward to further developing this pioneering partnership.”

 


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AGF partners with Falmouth for new digital MA

A Greener Festival (AGF) , a UK-based nonprofit which helps festivals and venues to adopt more environmentally efficient practices, is making its environmental assessor training available to a global audience for the first time through a new online course.

The two-week course, offered with Falmouth University and Cambridge Education Group’s CEG Digital division, sits within Falmouth’s master of arts (MA) degree in Creative Events Management and is open for student applications ahead of an October start.

Students on the MA will benefit from becoming stage-1 AGF assessors on completion of the course’s sustainable practice module, while non-Falmouth students who opt to take the course “will benefit from enhanced opportunities to study alongside the MA students, and network with these students from all over the world”, says AGF.

“The partnership allows us to extend our training capability globally and meet increasing demand for A Greener Festival training”

Previously, assessor training could only be offered face to face.

“Demand for the training scheme has grown since we introduced it last year, and this partnership will help meet the global need for knowledgeable individuals and teams that can help festivals, events and venues reduce the environmental impact of their offer,” says AGF director Teresa Moore, who joined the company last February.

“Through this collaboration not only are we are able to bring our training to Falmouth’s MA in Creative Events Management students and add real value to the programme, but the partnership allows us to extend our training capability globally through the online platform and meet increasing demand for A Greener Festival training.”

For more information or to apply for the course, visit flexible.falmouth.ac.uk.

 


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