23rd June 2005
NEW MAN IN CHARGE OF TOURISM AT UNIVERSITY
professor has moved to the
Richard Sharpley (49) moves from the
Sharpley developed an interest in tourism while working as a travel photographer in south-east
for his MSc in Tourism at
For his doctorate he researched sustainable tourism development and examined ways of developing and managing tourism that meet social and environmental parameters.
through travelling in
He plans to develop the Tourism and Recreation courses offered by the university to ensure that they remain appropriate to the modern world and sensitive to the needs of present-day students.
The department will also launch an MSc in International Tourism in September.
I also want to develop the profile of the department, he said. We have got very strong foundations here and a lot of respected and knowledgeable staff. I see my role as building on that profile and engaging more with the region.
Professor Sharpley, who is married with two young daughters, is looking forward to his new role.
It's a very exciting opportunity to help develop the department within a new and expanding university, he said.
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