University of Portsmouth students given insight into life in armed services

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A GRANT of £12,000 from the Ministry of Defence is giving students a look into the world of armed forces personnel.

University of Portsmouth students are working with retired armed servicemen and women and their families.

The project will help them find out what it felt like to be a new recruit, to be posted overseas, or to be away from home.

It will give students a chance to create art, including photography, short films and creative writing.

Natalie Long is a senior lecturer and project leader at the university.

She said: ‘The students and the retired and serving armed forces staff live side by side in the city and in some respects they live in very different worlds, though they do have in common an understanding of being far from home.’