Seventy-one Criminology, History and Sociology students from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities travelled to Berlin for an educational field trip, generously supported by the Quintin Hogg Trust.

Berlin is a city full of cultural and historical sites. It is one of the most famous and celebrated ‘cultural epicentres’ in Europe, so was an ideal choice for undergraduate students to explore its rich and unique history.

Students had the chance to visit key sites and in particular they experienced guided tours of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, East Side Gallery, Stasi Prison and the Topography of Terror Museum.

Zsusanna, a first year Criminology student, commented: “What really stood out for me during the Berlin trip was the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp tour. We had an amazing tour guide who really got us to think and question and also the whole experience of being there was full of emotion. It is something every student should get the opportunity to go and experience.”

As well as providing students with the opportunity to interact and bond with fellow students from other disciplines, the field trip was designed to contribute to and enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding. The experiences and insight they gained have already been reflected upon by students and tutors during subsequent seminar discussions and assessed presentations.

Students hoped that other students in the future would benefit from similar fieldtrip experiences. First year Criminology student Giulia said: “Everyone had an equal opportunity to go on the field trip. Unless it had been funded, not every one of us could have afforded to go. I really hope other students get the same opportunity in the future.”

The trip was actively tweeted about, with photographs and accompanying quotations from students. Academics from the University of Westminster and in other universities nationally and internationally wished the field trip group well and made a number of ‘live’ recommendations of exhibitions to visit. This was a great indication of shared support for the enhancement of the student learning experience through field trips and travel within the academic community.

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