Coventry University celebrates the 10th birthday of its aviation management course with a special networking and educational event

Coventry University aviation management

On 29 September Coventry University held a special event to mark the 10-year anniversary of its aviation management course, with the university inviting past alumni to come and take part in the special celebratory proceedings. Posing with the special cake that was made to mark the birthday were: James Richardson, Course Director BSc Aviation Management, Coventry University; Ivan Stevenson, Course Director MSc Air Transport Management, Coventry University; Jonathan Ford, Aviation Development Editor, anna.aero and Coventry University Alumni; and Jenni Fernando, Associate Head of School – Commercial & Enterprise, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Auto Engineering, Coventry University.

Coventry University, ranked as the 13th best university in the UK of 121 institutions as marked by The Guardian, celebrated the 10th birthday of its aviation management courses with a special event on 29 September. Having various programmes including BSc Aviation Management and MSc Air Transport Management, the university has not only delivered its own courses, but also partnered with various companies across the world, including Emirates Aviation College in Dubai, to help deliver courses with subject areas including aviation, management, engineering, psychology, human resources and more. 

To mark the course’s birthday, past alumni, as well as those presently undertaking courses, were invited to attend a very special aviation/air transport management 10th birthday event. Among the networking opportunities, students also got to listen to various panel discussions and presentations to learn more about the aviation industry, and to see what past students had achieved since graduating. Past students of the course have gone on to work for various aviation bodies including IATA and ICAO, while many have also taken up positions with an array of airlines and airports around the world.

The topics brought up in the various panel discussions included: State of the industry – Positive Disruption and Market Innovation. Taking part in this panel discussion, which was moderated by Jenni Fernando, Associate Head of School – Commercial & Enterprise, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Auto Engineering, Coventry University, were: James Nicholls, Senior Consultant, ASM Global Route Development; Luke Smith, Inventory Analyst, British Airways; Barney Rowland, Senior Customer Experience Consultant, Skytrax; and Jonathan Ford, Aviation Development Editor, anna.aero, with all four panel participants being graduates of the university. 

Other discussions on the day included a presentation on the latest challenges in aviation security and business resilience, delivered by Norman Shanks, Principal Partner, NSAI, Adjunct Professor, Edith Cowan University & Visiting Professor in Aviation Security, Coventry University, and Philip Baum, Editor, Aviation Security International, MD, Green Light Ltd and Visiting Professor in Aviation Security, Coventry University. A panel discussion also took place on the latest challenges in the air and on the ground; the latest developments and challenges in MRO, OEM, cargo, logistics and supply chain management; and emerging and developing aviation markets. Among the speakers taking part in these discussions were: Alexander Smith, Regional Manager – Navigation and ATM, British Airways; Alexandru Rica, Fuel Data Analyst, Jeppesen; Dr. Ilias Panagopoulos, Safety Manager, NATO Airlift Management Programme, Hungary; Lt Col. Kevin Byrne, President, CILT International and Part time Lecturer – Dublin City University; Peter Reoch, Operations Manager, RAF Cosford Air Show; Aaron Kettle, Maintenance Planning Engineer, Virgin Atlantic; Gordon McJannett, Lecturer in Aviation Management, Coventry University; Luke Thompson, Surplus Analyst and Support Executive, Meggitt plc; Olimpia Vlad, Service Business Officer, Rolls Royce; Tadas Juozonis, Technical Sales Manager, Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK and more. 

If you’re interested in participating in one of the multiple courses delivered by Coventry University in aviation, then take a look at the various curriculum of the programmes in more detail via this link.

Coventry University Aviation Management

The cake which was baked to mark the special birthday was themed on the globe, with aviation being a major global industry, with the flags depicting where past participants of both undergraduate and postgraduate students had come from. If you’re interested in participating in one of the multiple courses delivered by Coventry University in aviation, then take a look at the various curriculum of the programmes in more detail at this link.

It would appear that British Airways just loves cake! The cake cutting honour was conducted by the British airline’s Alexander Smith, Regional Manager – Navigation & ATM, while Luke Smith, Inventory Analyst, could not wait to get his hands on one of the first slices.

Coventry University

Along with networking and cake celebrations, a number of panel discussions and presentations were also given. Among the topics discussed on the day were: state of the industry – positive disruption and market innovation; latest challenges in aviation security and business resilience; the latest challenges in the air and on the ground; the latest developments and challenges in MRO, OEM, cargo, logistics and supply chain management; and emerging and developing aviation markets.

Coventry University aviation management

To mark the course’s birthday, past alumni, as well as those presently undertaking courses, were invited to attend a very special aviation/air transport management 10th birthday event. anna.aero would like to thank Coventry University for allowing them to come and be a part of the special occasion and to take part in the educational sessions.


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