John Kent Institute

The John Kent Institute in Tourism (JKIT) was established in November 2009 through a gift made to the University by one of the world’s leading tourism entrepreneurs, John Kent. This new BU-based Institute has already awarded four PhD Studentships in tourism research in 2010, and will fund further places over the next three years.

The School of Tourism is respected globally as a centre of excellence for research. It offers students an exciting environment for research in the key areas of tourism, events, food science, hospitality, leisure, retail, rural development and sport.

The School is proud of its large community of MPhil and PhD researchers, many of whom are international students sponsored and supported by national governments and other agencies. The research environment at BU is further enhanced by the expertise of our staff, many of whom are actively sought out for their specialist knowledge by the media and government. This in turn creates an ethos within the School of students who are willing and able to support one another, discuss information and share best practices.

Staff and students work closely with the eTourism Lab at Bournemouth University. You can find out about research, staff and projects at the eTourism Lab website.

About John Kent

John Kent is a leading tourism entrepreneur – the founder and CEO of and Aquis Hotels and Resorts. You can find out more about his work and the creation of the Institute here

PhD Studentships