Academic honoured by Association for Tourism in Higher Education

13 December 2017

Dr Marion Stuart-Hoyle has been honoured by the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE).

At an event in Brighton recently Dr Stuart-Hoyle became a Fellow of the ATHE, one of only eight people to be given the honour. Fellows are awarded to academics or members of the industry who have played a significant role in the promotion and enhancement of tourism as an academic subject. 


Dr Marion Stuart-Hoyle (right) presented with her award by Dr Claire Haven-Tang (left) Vice-Chair (Secretary).

Dr Stuart-Hoyle first joined the ATHE Executive Committee in 2001 and was Chair from 2012 to 2015. During her time on the ATHE Executive, and especially as Chair, she oversaw many successful conferences including the 20th Anniversary Conference entitled ‘Celebrating 20 years of ATHE: The future of tourism in Higher Education’ in 2013. She also oversaw the first conference that ATHE held outside of England in 2015, as well as conducting the ATHE research project on ‘student motivations for studying tourism’; further developed the student prize awards; and helped introduce the awards for teaching and research under the titles of ‘Leadership in the Visitor Economy’ and ‘Tourism and Globalisation.’

Dr Duncan Taylor, Vice-Chair (Finance) of ATHE, said: “Marion’s achievements during her time on the Executive Committee have made her a highly respected and valued member. Her enthusiasm and leadership during her time as Chair did much to raise the profile of our subject area. It is for these reasons that the Executive Committee of the ATHE welcome Marion as Fellow.”

Dr Stuart-Hoyle, Director of Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism, said: “I am delighted and surprised to have been made a Fellow of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education and feel honoured to join the existing group of Fellows, whose contribution to the development of Tourism as a subject in Higher Education far exceeds mine.

“Having been involved with ATHE since 2001 I can honestly say that without the support, advice and sense of community that the members of the organisation offer Tourism academics, I would not have been able to sustain such a positive and proactive approach to developing and growing the  subject at university level.  My work as Vice Chair, then Chair between 2009 and 2015 has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career to date and has resulted in friendships across the UK’s Tourism academic community and beyond. 

“ATHE as an organisation typifies the characteristics of undergraduate and postgraduate Tourism students and academic staff alike; friendly, all inclusive, hard-working and inspiring and I look forward to continuing my efforts to ensure that Tourism is visible on the higher education agenda for a long time to come, with ATHE’s continued support.”

Notes to editors

  • The Association for Tourism in Higher Education is the only officially recognised body for tourism in higher education in the UK. Its members are universities and other institutions involved in higher education. It represents their interests through its status as a learned society of the Academy of Social Sciences. ATHE does not normally take individual academics into membership.

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Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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