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Ecology Student Lands Research Trip to Indonesia

An Ecology student from the University of Worcester is travelling to Indonesia in June to take part in a research programme.

Annalea White, 23, from Harman's Cross, near Swanage in Dorset, is heading to the Buton Island where she will be based in a forest node camp assisting the Biodiversity Monitoring Team’s research.

She is hoping to study the rare bird species on the island after finishing her degree this year.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s a bit scary going by myself and having to fly to and from the island alone but the company is really supportive and will help me out.”

Annalea will be travelling with Operation Wallacea, a company operating biological and conservation research projects all over the world. The company visited the University earlier this year, when Annalea heard about the project.

“I’ve always wanted to go travelling and when this came up it was the perfect opportunity,” she said.

The University of Worcester Scholarship Scheme has awarded Annalea £800 towards her travel costs. The remainder of the money, Annalea has fundraised by holding cake sales, selling raffle tickets and contacting other companies for sponsorship.

Annalea hopes to land a job in Ecology or complete more volunteer work after she graduates this year.

Two other University of Worcester Students will also be joining Operation Wallacea on separate projects this year.

The University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel awards grants of up to £1,000 to help cover the cost of voluntary work, course related activities and expeditions.