China: Baoding to Beijing

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Six Uclan students; Alistair Grimley, Molly Albin, Sam Jackson, Laura Creighton, Bryony Jones and Adam Hewitt, are on a field trip to China, stopping in Baoding and Beijing.

With a range of specialisms including photographers, film makers and one journalist, the crew are in the process of creating a film featuring the thoughts and aspirations of the students at UCLan’s school in Hebei.

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The team spent 4 days in Baoding, situated in the Hebei province, where they connected with the media students at the University there.

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The documentary showcases the mutually beneficial link between the two universities, and demonstrates UCLan’s impressive international standing.

The first full day in Baoding saw introductions between the two sets of students, with individual work being discussed and shared.

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2 HBU students, Yolanda and Optimus, were interviewed, and both proved to be strong characters, excited to visit the UK in the near future.

The gang were also treated to a tour of the campus, including a pretty impressive university library, and got to see the facilities available to the students there, from TV studios to Animation rooms and music facilities.

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The next day involved a visit to the beautiful Lotus gardens where we heard Selena and Annie’s side of the story, both of whom seem to enjoy Hebei, but are also thankful for the opportunity to visit the UK, and see more of the world.

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Since moving onto Beijing, Adam and Bryony have been busy editing the footage into a short film, while they and the other students work on their individual personal projects, working in their own specialisms, as well as helping each other to create multi-disciplinary projects.

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The trip is subsidised as part of the Travel Bursary scheme at UCLan, which has allowed students across a range of courses to take advantage of the international links the University has cultivated, regardless of financial situation.

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