Mark in here attended the University of Limerick many years ago. Each academic year he gets to go back there to guest-lecture on the MA in Festive Arts course, focusing on Event & Crowd Safety.
At the invitation of Niamh Nic Ghabhann, Mark combines theory and practical elements to give the (usually) more performance-focused students a solid grounding in safety at and for events.
The MA Festive Arts programme in UL is a superb programme, drawing students from around the world . Each year, those students compete for around 10 places on the course.
With the majority of students being performers as much as event / festival organisers, it can be challenging to make Crowd & Event Safety relevant and of interest to them for a guest lecturer.
We have developed content specifically for this group, which Mark delivers each year.
Developing and delivering both theoretical and practical Crowd & Event Safety content of relevance and interest to MA Festive Arts students to give them a solid grounding in safety for events and festivals.
We work closely with Niamh, Course Director of the MA Festive Arts Programme, to make sure we have a thorough understanding of the individuals on the Programme each year. We then look to tailor the content specifically for those students.VIEW
Mark always thoroughly enjoys these sessions in UL and feedback each year from the group and from Niamh herself supports the way we develop and deliver the content for the group. We’re always tweaking & improving it.VIEW
We work closely with Niamh, Course Director of the MA Festive Arts Programme, to make sure we have a thorough understanding of the individuals on the Programme each year. We then look to tailor the content specifically for those students.
We request information from Niamh that gives us an insight into each of the students. This allows us to fully understand where their focus and interest lies. With that information we tailor our content development efforts as well as the format and flow of the sessions.
Performance students tend to enjoy practical exercises and interactivity, so we include a range of these types of elements throughout our sessions in UL.
In 2017, for instance, we focused a whole morning to an actual event that we were working on and discussed the Event & Crowd Safety implications and undertook some exercises around it
Mark always thoroughly enjoys these sessions in UL and feedback each year from the group and from Niamh herself supports the way we develop and deliver the content for the group. We’re always tweaking & improving it.
We tailored our content to our audience.
That's the key.
We enjoy developing content that is geared towards a specific audience. Even if previous modules we've built form the core of something for a new training project, we work hard to ensure it's relevant to that audience and that there are concrete, usable takeaways for those attending.
Safe Events' training is an essential part of the MA Festive Arts student experience.
Mark brings extensive industry knowledge to the classroom, and shares his experience through case studies and interactive teaching.
As well as working at the cutting edge of Crowd & Event Safety in Ireland, he is also highly trained and skilled in issues of crowd management for festivals and events.
Each year, student feedback reflects the importance of Mark's lectures to the programme. It's essential that students feel confident in this aspect of their work and skillset, so we are very glad to have Mark and Safe Events on board the guest-lecturing team at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.