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One thousand memories of New York City and another reason to #loveDMU

Unforgettable New York experiences were enjoyed by more than 1,000 De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students. The trip is the biggest #DMUglobal trip so far and is thought to be the largest-ever international visit run by a UK university

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For the New York experience, staff from each course organised bespoke activities for their students, using the wealth of iconic places and companies gathered in the Big Apple to offer spectacular experiences, bringing classroom theory to colourful life.

Many of these were opportunities were simply unavailable to the tourist – from getting the inside scoop at the New York Times, to going deep underground, marvelling at the massive East Side Access subway expansion.

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Among the academic activities linked to their studies which the various groups undertook was a walk by Game Art students along the city’s famous 1.45-mile High Line.

They found inspiration for their future coursework by witnessing New York’s dramatic city skylines and urban environments first from ground level and then from the High Line – a former railroad converted into a linear park offering above road level views across Manhattan.

They took photographs and generated ideas to replicate when they later produce their own virtual-reality games.

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Ross Veeble, 21, said: "Seeing the variety of landscapes across the city and generating ideas for my upcoming projects has been eye-opening.

"I hope to pick up many more ideas to use in my work and it's not hard to in a city with incredible scenery such as New York."

Bethany Cox, 23, added: "There are so many raw textures such as rust and grit and New York is a truly lived in city which is constantly changing."

Another group were wowed by seeing Chewbacca’s head from the original Star Wars movies’ costume department during a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image, as well as many other fascinating displays.

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Some of the most iconic locations used in movies over the years were visited by Film Studies students, while the Drama group enjoyed a trip to the Lincoln Centre and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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One trip highlight saw staff and students from 17 academic courses and from 46 different nationalities gather in the iconic Times Square, forming a united and diverse portrait which embodied the ethos of DMU’s #loveinternational  campaign.

Performing Arts student Molly Daniel said: "I think it's important. It sets an example for everybody else. Being the age we are and living in the city we live in, we need to show a united front."

During the trip, Contour Fashion students met the team behind the world-famous Victoria’s Secret HQ for an exclusive briefing, learning how one of the world’s largest lingerie companies plans its collections.

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Nursing students volunteered with an AIDS charity, while Psychology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Policing, BioMedical Science, Forensic Science and Medical Science students visited the 9/11 Memorial to learn about the long-term impacts of the terrorist attack on the public services.

Contour Fashion student Ffion Piper said: “This trip has been incredible. It’s given us opportunities we never would have thought possible. We were standing on the Staten Island Ferry watching the New York skyline and turned to each other and said: ‘Our uni’s pretty great, isn’t it?”

As part of the #loveDMU campaign, the university is making a significant investment in #DMUglobal bursaries which will reduce the cost of international trips and allow as many students as possible to expand their horizons.

 

 

Posted on Tuesday 10th January 2017

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