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Billie Awarded Scholarship for Sri Lankan Volunteer Trip

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A student from Hadleigh has been awarded a university scholarship to help her undertake a volunteering trip to Sri Lanka.

Billie Hopkins, who studies Forensic Psychology at the University of Worcester, will be travelling to the country in May for a five-week placement, during which she will be using her knowledge and skills to work on projects helping children, people with special educational needs and psychiatric patients.

She has been awarded financial assistance by the University’s Scholarship Panel, which encourages students to apply for grants of up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, for example music, sports or the arts; or towards course-related activities.

Billie explains: “I have previously volunteered with organisations such as Headways and Mindfull, so I thought that this placement would be a good way to improve on the skills which I have previously gained in those roles.

“I want to gain a better understanding of how psychology is applied to real life situations, so when I have graduated I will have an insight into this field.”

Billie hopes to go on to study at Master’s level once she has completed her undergraduate degree, and believes that the Sri Lankan placement will give her invaluable experience.

“The placement links in with my university course and hopefully a Master’s degree afterwards,” she continues. “I am very grateful to the university for their support; it will help me hugely with the funding and giving me the chance to gain great experiences which I can later apply.”