A GROUP of students from Huddersfield University have just proved that they have the Midas touch.
The events management students have scooped top prize in the national University Million Makers campaign. They beat teams from 16 other UK universities who all had to set up their own mini enterprises to raise £2,500 for The Prince’s Trust.
The most successful event they organised was a silent disco held at Huddersfield’s Camel Club. Clubbers each wore headphones and were able to personally select their dance music.
In 2010 Huddersfield won the regional event and were runners-up in the national Million Makers competition. This year’s students have gone one better and won both the regional and national titles, raising a combined total of £5,260.
The Huddersfield students worked as eight groups of five to plan and organise fundraising events as part of one of their second year modules, known as The Live Event.
As well as the silent disco, the students organised a clairvoyance evening, pancake flipping and an Alice in Wonderland night. All were held in January and February.
Course leader Nikki Dawson said: “This kind of live project is essential for the degree we do. You can learn everything from a book, but to really learn you have to put the theory into practice.
“ Events management is very much about thinking on your feet and problem solving, and these are skills which are best learnt by actually planning and hosting your own events.”