Russian & Slavonic Studies awards four Russell-Leatherbarrow Year Abroad scholarships

Thanks to gifts from committed alumni and friends of Russian at Sheffield, we were able to award four Year Abroad scholarships this year. This year's scholarship winners were second-year students Ellie Blake (Russian with Czech), James Lofthouse (Russian Studies), Daisy Sanson (Russian and History) and Emily Wilson-James (Russian and Hispanic Studies).

The scholarships are a cash bursary designed to help deserving students with expenses associated with travel to Russia. As Lofthouse commented, the bursary will be "a great help with the living expenses associated with the year abroad, along with some frugality on my part. Expenses tend to stack up quickly even prior to the year abroad, with recommended non-NHS vaccinations and fairly costly deposits."

The four award winners all feel a strong connection to Russia thanks to their years spent learning it. Blake commented, "My interest in Russian just keeps growing. I started learning the language at 13 years old and never stopped loving it.Russia's rich history and culture fascinates me; I am learning something new every day about it." Wilson-James is interested in Russian art, and is looking forward to seeing "works which I have studied in Russian culture, such as those of the Peredvizhniki, in person, allowing me to understand both the size and the true impact of works which I would have previously only been able to analyse using images on a computer screen."

The Russell-Leatherbarrow scholarships come from a fund donated to the Russian programme by alumni and friends on the occasion of the retirement of long-serving staff members Professor William Leatherbarrow and Professor Robert Russell in 2007. For more about the fund, or to donate to it, contact the Development and Alumni Relations team: