Thursday, 19 November 2015

Events students on the LaunchPad for Success

2nd Year Events students Joey McLoughlin and Holly Pressley have been successful in gaining places on the prestigious School of Business and School of Management LaunchPad leadership development programme.

The programme is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their professional skills allowing them to become the global leaders of the future.  LaunchPad students learn about the challenges of the current job market from employer and graduate perspectives and the leadership approaches needed to address them, in both theory and practice. The programme includes a mixture of workshops, events, high profile speakers and company visits.

The application process was very intense with candidates going through a series of exercises including an in-tray test; psychometric tests; creation and pitch of a business idea; personal pitch and interview with senior managers from industry.  Joey and Holly have joined a cohort of just 20 from across the two Schools.  Both students are very proud of their success:

Joey says: 'Considering the success and reputation the LaunchPad programme already has, I'm more than overwhelmed to secure a place. It is a very competitive programme, so it was such a relief to be successful, I couldn't have been happier. Now it's time to acquire new skills and embrace every opportunity over the next two years, and I’m looking forward to what my end results will be'.

Holly is already seeing the benefits: ‘LaunchPad is an amazing opportunity that I am lucky to be a part of after the intense assessment centre challenges.  I feel I have already gained confidence after these challenges which is helping me not just at university.’ 


  1. Great to see their successes! Over here in Singapore there's quite a few successful Event Planners who have come from similar backgrounds.