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Hospitality student presented with ‘Future Leader’ award from Apex Hotels founder

Posted: 8th November 2019

A hospitality student from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, has been presented with a prestigious award from contemporary hotel group, Apex Hotels.

Mature student, Mary Kelly, came to QMU in third year on the BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management as a Direct Entrant student after completing a HND at City of Glasgow College. She began her HND after retiring from the police force having served for 30 years as a firearms officer.

Mary was presented with the Dr Norman Springford Future Leader Award on Wednesday 6 November after delivering an impressive presentation to Apex’s senior management team on the need for the hospitality industry to have a multi-skilled workforce. Mary will receive the award as a £3k bursary to support her during her final year of study.

Earlier in the year, Mary also received a £1,000 Apex Hotels Scholarship and completed an 11-week internship working in numerous departments such as housekeeping, food and beverage, reception and head office to gain experience in sales, events, and marketing.

Having made a very positive impression on hotel management while on her internship, Mary was subsequently offered a part-time role at Apex City of Glasgow Hotel.

Commenting on her award success, Mary said: “Receiving the Norman Springford Future Leader Award will show prospective employers the passion and commitment I have for my second career in the hospitality industry.

“I hope to move onto a role in management as soon as I complete my degree.”

Taking great delight in presenting with her award, Dr Norman Springford, the founder and former executive chairman of Apex Hotels and honorary graduate of QMU, said: “It’s a real pleasure to present this award to Mary today. We were so impressed with her presentation, and her passion for the hospitality industry is clear to see.

“We’re delighted to continue supporting students at Queen Margaret University to enhance the student experience and boost employability prospects after graduation.”

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