While Ged's passion remains in music he dedicated his 'downtime' from music to focus on education.  This effort culminated in achieving the status of Doctor of Education.  Ged is a Course Leader for a Music & Live Events Management award at a highly respectable institution and served as a member of the AEME (Association for Events management Education) executive until 2016.


Ged has a number of research interests, but the current two main areas  of research are 1. events and their effects on the local community and 2. events management education. His academic research is published in both books and journals.

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Jepson, A., Ryan, W.G. (2018) Applying the Motivation, Opportunity, Ability (MOA) model, and Self-Efficacy (S-E) to better understand student engagement on Undergraduate Event Management Programmes. p 271-285. Event Management, Cognizant.

Ryan, W.G., & Kelly, S. (2017) The effects of Supply Chain Management (SCM) activities and their impact on music festival management and the customer experience. p 109-128.  In, Jepson, A., Clarke, A.  Power, Construction, and Meaning, in Communities Festivals and Events. Routledge: Oxon.

Ryan, W.G. (2016) Events Management awards in the UK in view of First Destination Employment (FDE).  A student perspective.  Event Management, Cognizant. Volume 20, Number 2, 2016

Ryan, W.G. (2016) How do you ‘do’ event management education (EME)?  A case study of event management higher education awards. Event Management, Cognizant 20:1, 69-80.

Ryan W.G. (2014) The end of the rainbow? A case study of community events in Liverpool (UK) in: Jepson, A., Clarke, A. Community Festivals and Events; Routledge, Oxon

Watson, A., Fair, J., Ryan W.G., Smith, G. (2011). Academic Network for European Funding (HEIF 4): Creative industries policy report and action plan: HEIF 2011

Ready for Equity (co-author) Leonardo da Vinci Programme: 2009

Ryan W.G. (ed). (2005). The Sound Guide series 2005



Fenton, A., Ryan, W.G. (2018)  Bridging the gap between academia and practise: Attitudes and opinions in the Events 4.0 era.  AEME Educators Forum, Leeds Beckett University.

Ryan W.G. (2017) Educating future leaders for Events.  Imex-Iaee Faculty Engagement Programme Frankfurt 

Ryan, W.G. (2014) Event management awards in higher education (HE).  A student perspective. 2014 AEME Conference, Sheffield Hallam University. Sheffield, July 2014

Ryan, W.G. (2014) Event Management Education (EME) Just your typical 18 year old?

Ryan W.G. (2013) Event Management Education (EME) Discussions from a review of higher education institutions marketing practices. Making Waves International Conference on Events, Bournemouth, July 2013

Ryan W.G. (2012). Attendee Profiles and Motivations: A case study of the Liverpool Mathew Street Festival. Soundtracks: Music, Tourism and Travel: Liverpool July 2012

Ryan W.G., Kelly. S. (2012). The impact of customer requirements on the purchasing practices of suppliers to festivals and events. Global Events Congress V: Stavanger June 2012

Ryan W.G. (2012). A review of current practices and methods in events management education (EME). Global Events Congress V: Stavanger June 2012

Ryan W.G. (2011). Creating Excellence for Sustainable Society - International Seminar Hemchandrachrya North Gujarat University, Patan 2011

Ryan W.G. (2011). Peer assessment: separating the leaders from the free riders. Assessing Learning in the 21st Conference. Century University: Staffordshire University 2011

Ryan W.G. (2007). Is music funding hitting the right notes? Sustainability & Employability Conference: LIPA 2007

CONTACT: academic@gedryan.com @rhinogs