London will soon be at the centre of the world’s attention in July and August so we thought we’d take a quick look at how our students and universities are helping the city prepare for the greatest show on Earth.
Olympic Opening Ceremony
Graduates from the Central School of Speech and Drama are using their creativity to bring the Olympic Opening Ceremony to life. Movement Studies graduate Polly Bennett is training the ceremony’s performers while Theatre Practice graduates Rebecca Brower and Jo Eaden are also busy working on all things Olympics. Rebecca is working with the design and technical teams to make sure projects are delivered on time and Jo is making sure the staging will be ready for the big opening day. They can’t tell us too much as the show is top secret!
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Anti-Doping Drugs Laboratory
King’s College London has opened its anti-doping laboratory which will operate during the London 2012 Games. The laboratory will analyse 6,250 blood samples during the Games, which is more than at any other Games. Managed in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, the laboratory measures the size of seven tennis courts and will be open 24 hours a day for seven days a week.
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Keeping the Games Moving
Three hundred University of Greenwich students are currently in the middle of 16 weeks intensive training to help the city organise the Games. Student Olympic jobs include ticketing, issuing wristbands and guiding people to their seats. While students from Greenwich’s Events Management Master’s will be offered senior roles as Olympic event managers. Fantastic eye-catching work experience for their CVs. Good luck everybody.
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