Marion is Director of the Section of Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism and a Principal Lecturer in Tourism Studies . She has been at Christ Church since 1995 and teaching interests focus on the Marketing of Tourism, Service Management and Introductory Tourism Concepts. Prior to working at Christ Church Marion worked at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education where she led the launch of a very succcessful Higher National Diploma course in Travel and Tourism Management. Early experience in the industry after graduation included work at one of the busiest tourist offices in the UK in Cambridge. The student experience upon arrival at University and the transition from school/college to a University environment has always been an area of particular interest, so much so that she introduced a compulsory 'Orientation to Higher Education' transition/skills module to all first year students across the Department in 2011, with very successful results.
Research and knowledge exchange
Marion has supervised three PhDs to date as follows:
Steve Hayler (2005) The role of live entertainment in the regeneration of seaside resorts' (Second Supervisor)
Jane Lovell (2013) 'Cities of Imagination: Staged Authenticity in English Historic Cities' (First Supervisor)
Lorna Thomas (due to be submitted 2015) 'Dark Tourism-tourism at sensitive historical sites' (First Supervisor)
She supervises a further PhD as follows:
Louise Pates (regsitered January 2014) 'Tourism Destination Marketing and Morivations' (First Supervisor)
Teaching and subject expertise
Marion has been an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) since 2001. (www.athe.org.uk)
Sine the 1st January 2013 Marion is Chair of ATHE, for a three year time period.
Marion has been an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) since 2002 and is currently Chair of ATHE. In this role she is called upon for advice and information pertaining to Tourism as a Subject in HE by a variety of bodies such as the Tourism Alliance, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Higher Education Academy.