Bespoke chairman Sheppard makes donation to hospitality school

George Sell By George Sell
08 September 2017 | Updated 08 September 2017

UK: Robin Sheppard, founder and chairman of Bespoke Hotels, has made “a significant donation” to the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.

The donation is intended to support student learning and will give students access to a range of co-curricular activities that will strengthen their management competencies.
Angela Maher, interim head of the school at Oxford Brookes University, said: "Our reputation for delivering an excellent student experience is founded, in large part, on co-curricular activities that develop students' confidence and get them ready for challenging and fulfilling management careers. Robin and Bespoke's hugely generous donation will strengthen our capacity to deliver this kind of innovative learning."
In 2016 Sheppard launched the Bespoke Access Awards, an international design competition that recognises innovative architectural design that improves access and enhances the experience for hotel guests, particularly for those with disabilities. Reflecting his support of access issues, part of his donation will fund the Bespoke Access Scholarship, to cover the research costs for one master's student who undertakes their dissertation on this important topic.

In addition, the Bespoke Access Lunch will give students and industry leaders the chance to hear from a keynote speaker about the challenges faced by hotel guests who have disabilities. Sheppard's donation will also support a volunteering programme in Romania, through which students contribute to a range of community-based projects.
Sheppard is a graduate of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management and in April 2017 he received the Bacchus Alumni Award for Major Contribution to Industry.

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