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Recognising the financial challenges faced by many students, The Professor Julie Hastings Scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to final year students at a critical juncture in their educational journey.

Over the next six years, two scholarships will be awarded annually to two final year students studying BSc Hons Culinary Arts Management or BSc Hons International Hospitality Management and BSc Hons Marketing. The scholarship will provide an additional avenue of support to undergraduate students as they prepare to enter the workforce and develop their careers.

Julie Hastings, retired Marketing Director and current Board Member of the prestigious Hastings Hotels business, has a proud and longstanding association with Ulster University. In 2013, Julie was appointed as Visiting Professor of Ulster University Business School and since then has contributed to specialist teaching and mentoring on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, using her expertise from the industry.

Commenting on the scholarship, Professor Julie Hastings, said:

“I am delighted to be able to continue my association with the UUBS, being able to offer a financial opportunity to two deserving final year students each year. I hope this will assist them with the next chapter in their academic or professional careers.”

Professor Ioannis S. Pantelidis, Head of Department of Hospitality Tourism and Events Management at Ulster University Business School (UUBS) and Dr Mary Boyd, Head of Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing added:

“The Professor Julie Hastings Scholarship represents a vital investment in our students’ futures’. We want our students to be in the best possible position to achieve their career aspirations and this scholarship provides invaluable opportunities beyond the classroom to significantly facilitate and enhance career readiness. We extend our heartful gratitude to Julie for her generosity and ongoing support.”