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 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 watches student demonstrate stop motion techniques
Staff and students featured in NUA press releases are available for further comment.
Our academic staff are leading practitioners and researchers in the fields of the arts, design and media. They are available to provide expert comment on regional, national and international news stories related to higher education and the creative arts.
All camera crews and photographers need advance permission to operate on the NUA campus. Alternatively the University has a wealth of photography and footage which can be provided on request.
Members of the press are welcome to attend all events at NUA. Most exhibitions on the campus, including the Degree Shows, will have a private view event in advance of the public opening for the press and special guests. Details of these events are available on request.
We are delighted to arrange campus tours and on-campus interviews with staff and students.
Marketing and Communications Manager
|Call||+44 (0) 1603 756238|