Students make global connections on course trip

“These few days brought together staff and students from many different EU institutions to share ideas about research, learn new skills, make international friends and experience new cultures.”

Dr Claire Gwinnett, Associate Professor in Forensic Science

Report by Tom Chadwick, BA (Hons) Journalism student

Staffordshire University students immersed themselves in Belgian culture as they attended University College Leuven-Limburg for International Week.

The Forensic Investigation and Forensic Science students got a chance to experience student life abroad and connected with staff and students from various Universities across Europe.

While there, the second-year students got a taste of scientific research, learning and teaching styles in an unfamiliar environment.

Dr Claire Gwinnett, Principle Lecturer in Forensic science at Staffordshire University said: “These few days brought together staff and students from many different EU institutions to share ideas about research, learn new skills, make international friends and experience new cultures.”

“Guest lectures were provided to international students providing insight into a broad range of topics and on the second day our students participated in a mini-project identifying syphilis in samples partnered up with Belgium students.”

The Associate Professor delivered a series of workshops and a lecture to the international students who wanted to learn about being a forensic scientist.

“Experiencing learning and teaching activities in other European institutions enhances our students' international skills and creates world citizens who ultimately can work anywhere in the world.”

Visiting students were welcomed with a reception at the Town Hall where they were greeted by the Deputy Mayor. They were then given a tour by a group of Flemish students before going the local restaurants to try local delicacies such as Reindeer pâté, Stoofvlees and Belgium Waffles.

One of the 6 students that flew to Leuven for the event, Aimee Girdham, said “It was great to see how UCLL differed from Staffordshire University in terms of the labs, the University itself, the student night life and culture.

“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and it was a great experience. I would recommend this opportunity to other students.”

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