"We develop students to work in real life situations at the cutting edge of international research. It is a cycle of research applied learning and teaching at the heart of our film courses."
Fiona Graham, Associate Professor of Film Technology
A film student is helping to document an archaeological investigation at a major Holocaust site in Croatia.
The project is led by Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls and colleague Kevin Colls from Staffordshire University's Centre of Archaeology in collaboration with universities in the Netherlands and the University of Barcelona.
They are joined by the University's Film Research team led by Associate Professor of Film Technology Fiona Graham and final year BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology student Tom Andrews is digitally capturing the work.
Final year student Tom (picutred with Kevin Colls on site) will record the research at a concentration camp and a labour camp in Croatia as well as a memorial site in Bosnia, filming at the World War Two Holocaust sites at Jasenovac and Staro Gradiska.
He said: “Staffordshire University has enabled me to visit international sites I could never have dreamed of. To be in control and film events with specialists in their field from across the world is an honour and an amazing experience at this early stage in my film career.”
The HERA funded project is being led by the University of Amsterdam and aims to examine the sites across various conflicts. The Jasenovac concentration camp is the site where over 80,000 people died in World War Two.
Tom will film events during the investigation as they happen along with recording the research through drone footage with Scan Lab technology and photogrammetry of the site.
He has already worked with Professor Colls on projects at Auschwitz in Poland and in the Netherlands at another Holocaust site. Tom was also shortlisted for a Royal Television Society award this year for his World War Two documentary on the Spitfire plane.
Producer and Director Fiona Graham said: “Tom Andrews is an exceptional student who answered the call we put out. We develop students to work in real life situations at the cutting edge of international research. It is a cycle of research applied learning and teaching at the heart of our film courses.
“Capturing history and research digitally is at the heart of our factual film and documentary specialism here at Staffordshire University and we always encourage our students to be part of our collaborative projects in the Centre of Archaeology with Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls leading the research.”
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