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Ulster University Business School student, Niall Beatty, was recently named as a finalist at the highly coveted 2019 Young Guns Competition held in London.  The competition, run by The Council for Hospitality Management Education,  recognises exceptional young talent emerging through hospitality degrees in UK universities.   Niall, who is a final year student on BSc International Hospitality Management, was one of only six finalists in the prestigious competition.

Professor Una McMahon Beattie, Head of Department for Hospitality and Tourism Management, explains,

“ This is fantastic national recognition for Niall, who is a great student ambassador for the department.    The competition celebrates the brightest emerging talent in the UK and we were very proud to have Ulster University represented at the finals. "

Niall demonstrated his passion and drive for the hospitality industry through his studies and placement year, where he gained invaluable work experience with the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives and Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.   During the event, the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management student was given the opportunity to meet and network with a range of hospitality industry experts, including Peter Drucker, chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality.   Accepting the award, Niall said,

“I am delighted to be named as a finalist in the 2019 Young Guns Competition.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with fellow students from a range of UK institutions and key industry experts.   I'm looking forward to developing my managerial career in this dynamic and exciting industry."

Niall has also been recently shortlisted as a finalist in the Student Management Potential category in the upcoming 24th Institute of Hospitality Awards for Professionalism.