Biology Student Secures Scholarship to Volunteer in Mexico

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A second-year Biology student has been awarded £700 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel to help fund a trip to Mexico.

Motivated by stories of her fellow students, Tessa Russell decided to volunteer for the Operation Wallacea Mexico programme.

The programme consists of conservation research through academic partnerships, aiming to improve the local area and work with residents towards developing a better environment for wild species.

Starting in June, the 19-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, will spend four weeks conducting research in a variety of topics, including biodiversity, turtle breeding programmes and ancient ecology.

“When I heard that I was awarded the scholarship to support my volunteering in Mexico I was really happy,” she said. “It has been a massive relief, as it helped me to cover my flights. It is a great opportunity for me, as I hope it will help me with my future career.”

The talented Biology student has a keen interest in volunteering, being a young leader at Biddulph Methodist Rainbows, volunteer for local youth orchestras and helping new students at the University of Worcester to settle, as a Freshers’ Crew volunteer.

Students can apply to the 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.

For information on all courses at University of Worcester visit or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email