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Environment Student Embarks on Desert Expedition

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A third year Environmental Management and Geography student from the University of Worcester will spend four weeks in Egypt this summer surveying plants and animals.

Ella Koljonen is taking part in a desert expedition with Operation Wallacea. She will spend time in Mount Sinai helping to produce one of the first biodiversity atlases for the country.

Ella, a 23-year-old Finnish national, has been awarded £800 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel towards the trip, but still needs to raise another £1,000 herself.

“I’m really looking forward to the trip,” she said. “I’m hoping that it will give me some really good experience so I can come back and get a job working in the environment.” 

Environmental Management and Geography student Ella will depart on July 3, returning on July 30. She and the other participants will sleep in tents and local huts throughout the expedition.

“I have to attend a desert survival course when I first get there,” she said. “And later in the trip we get to undertake scuba diving and reef ecology training courses in Dahab. It’s going to be really exciting, but I think it will also be hard work.”

Students can apply to the University’s scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.