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Students benefit from bursaries funding global educational projects

Four Oxford students have undertaken invaluable educational projects across the world this summer - from mapping remote locations in Norway to researching terrorism in Denmark - thanks to a regional bursary scheme.

Local alumni group OUS Cornwall has offered grants for the past four years to Cornish students’ to help fund summer projects associated with their studies.

Geography student Imogen Barnett (pictured right) spent a week in Copenhagen researching the 2015 terror attack on its Jewish community and its effect on the city’s spaces. While there she attended lectures on critical issues affecting the country and also interviewed members of the Jewish community.

“The research was very enlightening and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to undertake an investigation like this, thanks to the OUS Cornwall bursary for making this possible” she said.

David Hosking’s bursary helped fund an eight-week internship at Perm State University in Russia. The physics student attended courses relating to the university’s research interests such as quantum field theory as well as classes in Russian language.

“The internship was a fantastic experience that gave me an appreciation of Russian culture, something that I previously had no experience of, while also giving me valuable knowledge of new areas of physics and an insight into theoretical physics research,” he said.

Earth sciences student Mark Hockaday (pictured right) spent six weeks over the summer with three others mapping Norway’s remote but picturesque Trollfjorden region, some 300 miles inside the Arctic Circle. He spotted plenty of wildlife including reindeer and dolphins and also visited some of the surrounding settlements including Kongsfjord, where he saw a ruined German fortress from the occupation of Norway during the Second World War.

Mark said one of the trip’s highlights was walking to the northernmost point of mainland Europe from the Nordkinn Peninsula. He added: “The project was both a mental and physical challenge, but overall a great experience and one that I will never forget, thanks to the bursary from OUS Cornwall.”

Philosophy and psychology student Hari Besceli undertook a three-month internship with Oxford charity Giving What We Can (GWWC). GWWC evaluates charities and builds a community of members who give 10% of their income to causes they believe will be most effective at improving the lives of others.  Hari’s work with the charity involved working in chapter outreach and developing materials including a guide book for those wishing to start GWWC chapters.


To find out more about OUS Cornwall’s bursary scheme and other regional groups offering bursaries, please visit the Student Awards page.