A GROUP of students from a North-East university are taking part in an international workshop to promote European collaboration in the study of light.

Students will be joined by others from France and Germany who arrived in the region on Saturday to take part in the ninth international optoelectronics workshop - the third to be held at Northumbria University.

UK organiser Joe Allen, from the university's school of informatics, engineering and technology, helped set up the programme.

The idea was to develop a group of European graduates who can promote and develop laser technology, optical fibre communications and image processing across the continent.

Mr Allen said: "The workshop is a practical hands-on short course on laser technology delivered to a multi-national group of students from the UK, France and Germany. It is targeted primarily at students with a background in physics, optoelectronics, electronic engineering and communications engineering and complements their normal taught programmes."