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UCLan Travel Bursary provides Berlin experience

16 April 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Photography and journalism students undertook cultural research and study in German capital

Students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have undertaken a week of study in Germany as part of a popular travel bursary scheme.

The 20 undergraduates, from BA(Hons) Photography and BA(Hons) Journalism, travelled to the capital Berlin for seven days of cultural research and study.

During the week each student engaged with a variety of aspects of social and cultural life within the city to produce both an individual project and a collaborative group body of work. Points of enquiry for these included; how political history is manifest in contemporary society; studies of different architectural structures and approaches to understand the cultural and artistic zeitgeist of Berlin.

Photography Lecturer Adam Murray said: “As staff we saw the travel bursary scheme as a wonderful opportunity to provide a diverse learning experience for students in addition to the course curriculum."

The trip also provided fantastic environments for the students to experience real-world working scenarios. 


Technical Demonstrator Adam Mead reflected on the week said: “Although conditions may have been beautiful for sightseeing, the snow covered cityscapes mixed with bright sunshine meant that conditions were challenging for photography.  Students really had to be aware of the space they were working in and be able to adapt to produce the best results possible.”


The undergraduates are now in the post-production stage of the project; reviewing, editing and printing their written work ready for final submission at the end of April. 

A course blog is being continually updated with work in progress and there are plans to produce a publication with the projects.

Photography Lecturer Jon Purcell added: “Staff really want the legacy of this project to benefit future cohorts. It is not just a one-off trip, but a body of work that other students can learn from and that we intend to develop into more overseas visits in future years.”

Examples of work produced as part of Berlin Stories is available online