Students invited to Ministry of Defence
Higher education students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) were granted special permission by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to visit the Directorate of Media and Communications (DMC).
Six students studying the Foundation degree in Public Services made the trip to London as part of the Media and the Public Services module of their Foundation degree. During the visit they were hosted by Commander Paul Haines Royal Navy who provided a tour of the building, and explained the functions of the DMC.
The highlight of the tour was a question and answer session with the Head of Navy Public Relations, Captain Andy Aspden Royal Navy, on his job, DMC's interaction with the media and how the MOD reacts to defence related breaking news from around the UK and the World. The visit provided the students with first hand witness research material for their assignments and presentations.
Ben Jones, is in his first year studying the Foundation degree in Public Services. He said: "As far I'm aware, no other college has been granted this level of access to the DMC. I felt that Commander Haines and Captain Aspden had a genuine interest in our course and wanted us to know as much about their area of work as the MOD rules would allow."
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Public Services Foundation degree Lecturer Paul Morris who organised the visit said: " The students really appreciated this visit and I for one was proud of them in the way they approached the visit and had carried out significant research in preparation for the trip."
The Foundation degree in Public Services course is a two year part-time vocational programme, accredited by Staffordshire University. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree students may progress on to the final stage (Level 6) of the BA (Hons) Public Services Management Degree at Staffordshire University
To find out more about the course visit www.nulc.ac.uk or contact the College Information Point on 01782 254254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.