Award-winning hotelier Joel Fagg has been appointed assistant director (operations) at the University of Derby in Buxton and Leek.
Fagg will oversee the university's Buxton campus at the Devonshire Dome, and the catering facilities and salon at Leek College of Further Education.
In his new role he will be expected to ensure the Dome's commercial arm - including students organising and running major events in the private sector from weddings with 900 guests to banquets for corporate clients - continues not only its financial success, but also contributes to the undergraduate experience.
Fagg will also oversee the spa at the Devonshire Dome, which is run as commercial business by the spa degree students via Real World Learning as part of their studies.
Fagg said: "The university system at Buxton is amazing because of its real world learning. It's about giving students the academic knowledge which they need, but also the practical experience.
"If we make the offering as strong as possible - and offer the best experience - then it will bring more students to the University."
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