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Grants awarded for intrepid UCL students to go extremes

27 March 2003

Four groups of students have each been awarded grants by the College Expeditions and Travel Committee.

Expeditions and Travel grants allow UCL students to travel to extreme environments They will travel to remote and often extreme environments to conduct research on a variety of subjects ranging from water sanitation to cultural continuity throughout the Mediterranean.

UCL believes that the learning experience goes beyond the classroom, and this valuable provision funds three to four major expeditions each year to enable students to open their horizons and greatly improve their social, teamwork and survival skills.

Sarah Cook (History 3), Ian Dudley (Fine Art 3), Tim Horsburgh (History 3) and Alana Mann (Fine Art 3) will make their way from the North of Guyana, through the inhospitable jungles and uncharted rivers, to the savannah in the South of the country. "For me, this is a chance to investigate how the western notion of the unknown and untamed environment corresponds with reality" states Ian Dudley.

Other expeditions include a lone motorbike ride around the Mediterranean Basin, investigating cultural similarities throughout the region. A group of intrepid mountaineers will also attempt to conquer Mount Elbrus in Russia, the tallest peak in Europe.

Three Geography students, Debbie Lillitos, James Wilson and Elizabeth Ziegler will travel to Uganda in order to assess the use and provision of water resources, and the subsequent health issues that arise from unsanitised water. So far, insufficient work has been carried out by charities in the region to examine the situation properly. Therefore, the expedition will collect long awaited and much needed data.

To find out more about the College Expeditions and Travel fund use the link below.

Expeditions and Travel Committee