When I was out in Breda I did my best to use 'the Netherlands' when talking about the country I was in. Holland is part of the Netherlands, not all of it, yet the man on the Clapham omnibus tends to use the words interchangeably. I asked for a local view... Holland seems to be used in general, but when the Dutch are being serious (or are in trouble) they reach for Nederland.
- As a university department, full of staff and students interested in events, there's scope to develop closer links with local venues in order to support student opportunities to put on work. A more concerted, ongoing effort to encourage student events in appropriate venues could be a great way to further integrate what we're doing at Edinburgh Napier with successful parts of the city's events sector.
- Project management and event design can be built into more elements of the curriculum, providing a framework within which formative and summative assessments can be developed, monitored and built upon.
- There's scope for me, in particular, to promote Erasmus exchanges, particularly with NHTV Breda.
- Structured primary research has a place in the earlier years of the course than is currently the case, in my modules at least.