Computing (AWARD Level 4 – Level 5 – UK AWARDING BODY: ATHE)
Computing Data and Tourism
  • Is one of the largest industries in the UK (the fifth largest in England), worth £74 billion to the UK economy in 2001, about 4.5% of the GDP. It is a major employer in the UK: 2.1 million people have jobs in this sector, which is 7% of the UK workforce. Some 10% of all new jobs created are in the tourism industry, which demonstrates the importance of this growing industry to the UK economy (Source: The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons: Fourth Report, Jan 2003)
  • Is an increasingly important activity in peoples lives shaping identities and communities.
  • Has been overlooked by policymakers as evidenced by the response to the Foot and Mouth crisis where agricultural interests were advanced at the expense of tourism. This demonstrates the lack of a research base on the economic impacts of tourism in comparison to agriculture.

Tourism research
  • Has demonstrated a rising profile of research quality and outputs over previous RAEs
  • Demonstrated glimmers of 5*, a limited number of 4 centres, but was mainly rated 3a / 3b in RAE 2001. In other words much tourism research is at least of national excellence.
  • Is emerging and developing and needs to be designated as an emerging area with special funding for development
  • Does not need huge sums of money to support it  a healthy amount of activity developed over the period 1996- 2002 with limited funding
  • Is flourishing overseas (particularly in Australasia where a number of key UK academics now operate). UK research enjoys a high reputation internationally.
  • Supports a number of journals
  • Supports a well established network of researchers who are key members of the tourism academic community in terms of curriculum development, internationalisation, and production of textbooks