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Hospitality
Vertical farming at the University of Surrey
Tourism
The future of travel and hospitality - A postcard from the future

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Chef David Hill joined the University of Surrey back in 2004. Whilst working within the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s prestigious hospitality training facility, David soon found he had a passion for teaching alongside his curiosity for all things edible. Coming from a restaurant and hotel background, Chef David worked his way through the ranks, starting as a pot wash and progressing to his position as Head Chef today. Chef David is also an experienced pâtissier and chocolatier, and is celebrated as something of a local celebrity for his marvellous creations. These pastry roots can very much be seen in the food that Chef David enjoys creating today. Keen to return stronger from the multitude of external forces that have disproportionately affected the hospitality industry over the past few years, David has very much developed a focus on food security and hyper-local food production. As such, he currently has an invested interest in creating models for in-house food production and vertical farming methods. Crucially, this has meant creating such models that are accessible and can be integrated into all varieties of kitchens and dining rooms across the world.

Dr Emma Reardon is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. Emma brings a wealth of industry knowledge and hands-on practitioner experience to her teaching, and was awarded the 2021 Lewis Elton Award for Educational Innovation by the Surrey Institute of Education. Emma is working on forthcoming publications relating to her PhD and is leading an educational research project focused on room division management. Before joining the University of Surrey in December 2019, Emma was the Learning and Development Manager for the five-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Emma’s professional experiences, in addition to her time in The Merrion Hotel, include positions held in Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, Hayfield Manor, Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa, and The Inn at Dromoland. Emma completed her PhD in The Economics of Quality Management in the Irish Hotel Industry at Technological University Dublin in 2020 and holds an MA (First Class Hons) in International Tourism from the University of Limerick and a BA (Hons) in Business Studies with Event management from Limerick Institute of Technology. During her time at the University of Limerick, Emma was awarded The Kemmy Business School and Northern Trust Outstanding Scholar Award for her academic achievements.

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Join Dr Emma Reardon and Head Chef, Dave Hill, as they take you on a fascinating journey through hospitality and tourism in a changing world. They focus on understanding hospitality and the scope of the industry, introduce you to the fascinating and pioneering vertical farming at the University of Surrey, and consider what constitutes tourism, whilst addressing the importance of tourism in a post-covid world. You'll also have a go at shaping the way you'd like the future of hospitality and tourism to be!

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Meet the academic

Dr Emma Reardon

Dr Emma Reardon is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. Emma brings a wealth of industry knowledge and hands-on practitioner experience to her teaching, and was awarded the 2021 Lewis Elton Award for Educational Innovation by the Surrey Institute of Education. Emma is working on forthcoming publications relating to her PhD and is leading an educational research project focused on room division management. Before joining the University of Surrey in December 2019, Emma was the Learning and Development Manager for the five-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Emma’s professional experiences, in addition to her time in The Merrion Hotel, include positions held in Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, Hayfield Manor, Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa, and The Inn at Dromoland. Emma completed her PhD in The Economics of Quality Management in the Irish Hotel Industry at Technological University Dublin in 2020 and holds an MA (First Class Hons) in International Tourism from the University of Limerick and a BA (Hons) in Business Studies with Event management from Limerick Institute of Technology. During her time at the University of Limerick, Emma was awarded The Kemmy Business School and Northern Trust Outstanding Scholar Award for her academic achievements.

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