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Opposition Leader Ed Miliband praises ‘Fantastic’ NUA

Leader of the Opposition and head of the Labour Party Ed Miliband visited the Norwich University of the Arts campus on Friday where he met staff and students and toured the facilities for the Fashion, Animation and Games Art and Design courses.

Ed Miliband with student and mannequin

Ed Miliband views a student’s work in the Fashion studio

Met by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Last, Mr Miliband was shown the Fashion studio, in which students were fitting garments to models and mannequins in preparation for the NUA Fashion Show in May. He was then shown the recently opened Monastery Media Lab where he visited the digital design facilities and the stop motion capture studio, talking to students and technical staff about developments in the animation and games industries.

“I’ve become a convert to stop motion!” he joked, adding: “This is a fantastic college and the students are a tremendous asset.”

The visit allowed NUA to demonstrate its continued commitment to providing industry-standard facilities, which ensures students are able to secure employment when they graduate.

Professor John Last said: “There is no doubt that the creative industries are a national driver for economic growth and one of the UK’s most successful exports. NUA’s investment in high quality technical resources is essential in the provision of vocational education at degree level, deserving the ongoing continued financial support that will be given to STEM subjects that have similar high technology infrastructure requirements.

“Here at NUA our course offer is innovative, exciting and directly relevant to the skills needed in the creative economy. We have oversubscribed courses, high levels of student satisfaction and an excellent record of students securing jobs – with 90% in employment within 6 months of graduating. Our strong links with the creative industries in London see a great many of these graduates move to the capital to develop their careers. However, we would like to see more support for growth in these industries within the region.”

Ed Miliband with a student in a stop motion studio

Ed Miliband watches student demonstrate stop motion techniques

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