A dedicated volunteer who has led the way in studying abroad, Robyn Ashfield, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from Edge Hill University.

Robyn, from Accrington, has just completed a three-year BSc in Psychology. She received the £2,000 award at her graduation ceremony in recognition of her extensive volunteering and active role in promoting study abroad to her classmates.

The Edge Hill University Scholarship celebrates students who help to raise the profile of Edge Hill in a positive way through their exceptional contribution to the University.

Robyn was nominated for the award as ‘a shining example of the extra-curricular work and volunteering done by Edge Hill students’, which has included working in Ghana as a volunteer in 2017, taking part in the Manchester Memory Walk and Ready Set Glow Memory Walk with the Alzheimer’s Society in 2018 and 2019, all the while volunteering at the WISH Centre in Blackburn. She said:

“When I received the scholarship I was so overwhelmed and very pleased, as together with graduating it felt like all my hard work had paid off.

“The amount of support I have received from the staff has been incredible, specifically from the psychology department and the international office. Another aspect which I have enjoyed about Edge Hill is its gorgeous campus, it made it feel like a home from home.”

As a trailblazer for exploring study abroad, Robyn was the first student from the Psychology Department to undertake a placement via the Erasmus+ programme, at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania. This has led the way for more students taking up study abroad as an opportunity, with at least four students participating in the following academic year, and further interest from current first years. Senior Lecturer Dr Adam Qureshi said:

“Robyn showed great initiative to be the first Psychology student to study abroad on the Erasmus+ programme, and continued her charity work for the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK by fundraising for the Autistic Society and the Stroke Association whilst in Lithuania. She has taken the opportunity to broaden her horizons while at Edge Hill and has led the way for other students in studying abroad.”

He added:

“As the first student to study abroad from Psychology, she was the only Edge Hill student at Mykolas Romeris University. This meant that despite the excellent support provided by both Edge Hill and Mykolas Romeris, she had to adjust to a different country and culture. She fully engaged with and enjoyed the course, showing her dedication to academic study and her resilience. She also found time to further fundraise for the Autistic Society and the Stroke Association, indicative of her compassion for others.”

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