Graduation 2013: Duncan's hot on crowd safety after online learning
A FIRE officer graduated from the University of Derby Buxton with a qualification that will help him ensure the public's safety at major events like the Glastonbury music festival.
Duncan White, 44, from Crewkerne in Somerset, is responsible for events management at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and is the UK Event Safety Lead for the Chief Fire Officers' Association.
He plays a key role in the safe running of large-scale events in the region, such as Glastonbury and the Somerset Winter Carnival.
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Working with Glastonbury Festival's events team to ensure the safety of up to 177,500 people led Duncan to decide to pursue qualifications in Event Management to support his work.
Two years later, he has achieved a Foundation Degree in Events Management by studying online with the University of Derby Online Learning. Duncan said: "The safe running of events is taken very seriously by the fire and rescue service and so working with the industry is vitally important.
"I wanted to better understand the pressures and constraints that professionals face on the other side of the fence, and so thought what better way to do this than to study events management?"
Studying online enabled Duncan to fit his university work around his shift patterns, and he graduated alongside around 300 students in Buxton in November. Duncan added: "I'm already putting what I have learned into the planning of Glastonbury 2013, which is now well under way."
Lecturer Eddy Grant added: "Duncan has shown a real commitment to understanding the events industry so he can work with partners to deliver the safest events possible."
For more information on studying online, visit www.derby.ac.uk/online