UWL student high-flyer leads in Financial Times

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A University of West London (UWL) student is featured in today’s Financial Times (FT) in an article about how algorithms are helping companies identify the best new talent.

Francesca Kelsall, 24, who studies MA Luxury Hotel Management, is highlighted as an example of a young high-flyer whom Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has selected for its prestigious ‘Future Leaders’ graduate scheme with the help of artificial intelligence computer software.

She took part in the FT article - which describes the demanding interview process she went through at IHG - while writing her dissertation. The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organisations, with an international reputation for authority and accuracy.

Francesca studies at UWL’s London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism (LGCHT) and is set to join IHG in September for a placement at one of its hotels in Malta, graduating from university one month later.

Francesca said: ‘It’s very nice to appear in the Financial Times. The university has really helped me a lot to get to this position, as before I began my course I’d never had any educational experience in hospitality. Now I’m joining a graduate scheme which is testament to the quality of education here.’

Also joining IHG’s in-demand development programme for the next generation of talent are two other students from LGCHT, Eleonora Labor and Juliane Rackl.

James Edmunds, Dean of LGCHT, said: ‘Congratulations to Francesca, Juliane and Elenora for getting their careers off to a fantastic start by winning places on the prestigious 'Future Leaders' graduate scheme at Intercontinental Hotels Group.

‘This success illustrates the benefits of the high-quality and industry-linked education which students receive at the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism. We are proud to provide opportunities for students to work closely with businesses during their studies because this gives them an edge in the highly competitive job market, leading to rewarding careers.’

LGCHT student Francesca Kelsall in the Financial Times

Read the Financial Times article here.

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