"No other University in the UK offers the same package."

Asher Berman-Thomas

Asher, a Hotel and Hospitality Management student, decided to study at USW for its prestigious links with the esteemed Celtic Manor Resort. "Being the only University in the country with a direct partnership with an operational five-star Hotel was the key factor in my decision to choose University of South Wales. No other University in the UK offers the same package." This partnership presents a fantastic opportunity to secure a placement in a real working environment, setting USW apart from other universities.

With a keen interest in the hospitality industry and the prospect of travelling, Asher chose a course that aligned with his passion. The goal? To fulfill his dream of becoming a Resort Hotel Director. His course gave him the chance to connect with industry professionals, a highlight for him as it enabled him to learn from and shadow experienced professionals. The course allowed him to gain practical experience through a Trainee Management Placement at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort, taking advantage of that partnership he had read about.

In his placement, Asher embraced the opportunity to refine his understanding of practical hospitality operation and management, thereby increasing his employability skills and priming himself for a career post-graduation. "Real-life experience of working in/being part of a large 5-star Hotel Resort. That experience coupled with the theoretical studying is what makes me an employable candidate in my desired role." His course also introduced him to HOTS, a hotel simulation software that supplemented his understanding of managing a profitable hotel, right from the classroom.

Asher's advice for future students is to anticipate an engaging, hands-on learning experience, and not to hesitate to ask for support from course lecturers or training managers. Drawing from his own experiences, he insists, "This course is very hands-on, so prepare for really getting stuck in and learning! If you require assistance on any matter, do not hesitate to contact your Course Lecturer or Training Manager on placement." He wholeheartedly believes that this course is a perfect match for anyone looking to pursue a career in the hotel or hospitality industry.