Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Type of user:University / higher education provider
Area of activity
- Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
- Consulting and Business Support Services
- Education Management
- Higher Education
- Project and Quality Management
- Tourism, Sport and Leisure
- Vocational Education and Training (VET)
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners
- Higher education / university learners
- Higher education / university teachers
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers/trainers
Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai is the largest Further Education institution in Wales with approximately 35,000 students a year, many of them in disciplines such as hospitality, catering and tourism. The college delivers a range of Further education and University level courses, all providing pathways to careers or higher education level study. Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai was graded as an outstanding institution by Government Inspectors, having achieved the highest possible grades.
Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai is a centre of excellence for hospitality since 2000 and has maintained a quality grade one profile since 1990. It is a host centre for the Welsh Culinary Team and World Association of Chefs Society competitions held each year. The college has an extensive experience since 2010 in hosting a variety of showcasing events in UK.
Last year Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai received The Queens Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Prize for “Delivering World Class Excellence in Hospitality and Catering Education at every level".
In this region, there is a predominance of small and micro businesses, 98% of companies have less than 50 employees. In Conwy 84% have less than 10 employees. The large public sectors are in the areas of Fire & Rescue, Local Authorities and NHS Trusts. In Wales the dominant sectors are tourism and hospitality, public services, health and care, construction and land based.
The College maintains the highest possible standards of teaching, learning and student support. The College has quality assurance procedures to ensure that it continues to deliver teaching of the highest quality. In line with the College’s aims and standards, institutions are expected to have quality assurance procedures for all areas defined by the Quality Manual.
The Institution’s quality assurance procedures must be underpinned by the following:
• A partnership between academic departments and the Institution’s central committees.
• Robust mechanisms for quality assurance in all academic departments.
• Institutional committee(s) with responsibility for quality assurance.
• A commitment to a continuous upward spiral of quality with individual staff, module teams and course teams assuming responsibility for raising standards in all aspects of teaching and learning.
• A rigorous and actionable system of quality assurance.
• Regular auditing of quality assurance procedures and outcomes.
• Student satisfaction and feedback as key elements in audits, regular reviews and action plans.
• A commitment to responding to changes in the needs, interests and expectations of students, their sponsors, employers and society in general.
Expertise, experience and responsibilities in relation to EU project management and implementationI am very well experienced in the writing and submission of EU Project applications with excellent success rate. In addition, I have also been managing EU Projects mainly in the field of Tourism and Hospitailty, Spa management, Massage Professions, Music and Art Therapy.
- Presented and published a Research Paper on ‘The Impact of Globalisation on the Tourism Industry in Wales’ to the Select Committee at the House of Commons
- Political Think Tank: ‘Comparing Standards’ - Vocational Education and Training provision for 16-19 year olds. Chef’s profession in UK, USA, New Zealand, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland in July 2004
- External Examiner and Consultant for the University of West London from September 2014 to present
- External Examiner for the University of Swansea from September 2014 to present
- Consultancy work to deliver staff development programme for the staff of Utena (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia) universities in 2013
- Lecturing at M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University in Kazakhstan to post-graduate students from 24th October to 4th November 2013 and from 16th November to 1st December 2012 and 10th to 24th December 2011
- Presentation on Food Culture, Gastronomic Heritage and Food Tourism to International Wine and Food Society in Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
- Consultancy work related to Vocational Partnership – Skills Development and Capacity Building at the Hotel and Tourism School in Zagreb, Croatia in December 2007
- Appointed as an Ambassador by Welsh Development Agency to promote ‘The Taste of Wales’ initiative
- Organised and compiled the staff development event in Wales entitled ‘Achieving Excellence in Hospitality and Catering’ for Further Education College’s practitioners
- Lead the project on ‘Competence with Excellence’ in Catering funded by Learning Skills Development Agency and UK Skills
- Consultancy work on the development of Sector Skills Agreement for the Sector Skills Council
Top 3 projects
Name of programme / fundErasmus for All, Lifelong Learning , Pilot Project
Project / agreement numberGrant Agreement Number: EAC - 2012 - 0634, Project Number: 36
Name of programme / fundErasmus+
Project / agreement numberAGREEMENT NUMBER – 2014-1-UK01-KA200-000057
What kinds of transnational cooperation with other partners would your organisation like to participate in?I will be very much interested to promote the hospitality and tourism sector in Europe which vastly contributes to the European economy. This sector also faces myriad of challenges as it is the fastest growing sector of the economy. Some of the challenges are as follows:
- Availability of skilled workforce
- Impact of information technology
- Changes in the tourism market forces
- Effect of disruptive tourism product emerging
Changes in European demographics trend.
in addition, the vocational, education and training reforms including IVET and CVET, the implementation of European Educational Tools and Quality Assurance System.
The other areas of great interest are sustainability, corporate social responsibility, succession planning, agri-food and rural tourism, accessible tourism and niche tourism products.
I feel confident that with my experience in research on the above topics, I will be able to positively contribute on the future projects with similar themes.
FrenchA1 (basic speaker)