Rhi for Masters!

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Created June 11, 2019
"The aim of this Crowd Funder is to find a potential sponsor for Rhiannon Heslop so she is able to attend the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Infectious Disease and One Health. We are asking for people to share this page as much as possible throughout the United Kingdom so that there is no financial barrier for this incredibly intelligent woman. "

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Before I begin with the story of one of my closest friends, could I please start off with that this is not a GoFundMe page to fundraise from lots of people. This is merely a platform for me to share the story of this incredibly talented girl in the hope to find a sponsor from someone or a company/group willing to help. 

So please get sharing! 

Rhiannon Heslop attended University in Manchester completing a BSc (hons) in biomedical science with professional/industrial experience and achieved a first. After this Rhiannon then spent her placement year in the MRC The Gambia Unit. During this year Rhiannon spent her time researching the immune response to TB and TB with viral co infections. Both of the papers that she wrote in this year have been published for the public to read, which is an outstanding achievement!

Rhiannon has now recently been accepted onto the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Infectious Disease and One Health. This is highly selective course that admits 24 students from around the globe in each cohort, and is jointly awarded by the University of Edinburgh, the Universitie de Tours (France) and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). At least 14 of the places on the course are allocated for students from geographic regions and target groups from outside of Europe.

She is the only person from Wales EVER to be admitted onto the course!!

Devastatingly Rhiannon received the wrong information from Student Finance Wales and is not eligible for funding. Please read below the letter that Rhi recently sent to MP Ms Morgan and Ms McMorrin from Cardiff North: 

"This programme teaches on infectious disease, emphasising the three aspects of the one health concept: humans, animals and the environment. Currently 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in origin, with this figure likely to increase in the future due to climate change and the trends in globalisation. In the face of recent zoonotic epidemics, the ongoing antibiotic resistance crisis and the unprecedented changes in our environment, I believe that an inter-disciplinary and international effort, such as the one afforded by the one health paradigm, is the only approach that will be successful in conscientiously improving public health.
The IDOH course will give me the opportunity to gain expertise in molecular immunology and epidemiology in
preparation for joining the global effort to reduce the burden of infectious diseases.
Unfortunately I was not awarded one of the three EMJMD scholarships available to candidates from Europe. Prior to accepting my place on the IDOH course, Student Finance Wales confirmed to me previously that they could offer me a postgraduate loan to support me through my studies, so I accepted my place as a self-funding student. However, I was later told that the advice I received from SFW was not correct, and they cannot finance my course because it is jointly awarded by three universities (two of which are outside of the UK).
I have explored every option that I think is available to me; CampusFrance, The British Council, The Grants Register, The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, Rotary, the University of Manchester Alumni
and my old Programme directors. I have applied for the handful of grants that I am eligible, but am largely excluded from common sources of funding due to the international mobility afforded by the course.
I am unable to defer my entry until next year as the programme is undergoing financial and structural changes due to Brexit; Edinburgh is leaving the consortium and will be replaced by a university in Hannover for the next intake.

Would you be able to contact Student Finance Wales to check that their latest advice to me is definitely correct, or in absence of that, are there any other avenues of funding that may be available to me?
Please let me know if you have any further advice or suggestions. It breaks my heart to think I will have to give up this fantastic opportunity for my future career, and also to represent Wales on in international academic forum. I’ve worked so hard to get onto the IDOH programme, and I am confident I can succeed both academically and as an ambassador on this course if I can overcome the barrier of financial hardship. "

I would like to applaud Ms Morgan and Ms McMorrin, they have done everything in their power to try and get funding, even taking the case to Edinburgh University themselves - but with no luck. 

As Rhiannon has put in her personal letter, due to Brexit she is unable to apply for this course as Edinburgh is leaving the consortium and the programme is having to reapply for financing from the European Council with than plans to move the 3rd section over to Germany. 

So from this point, as all other avenues have been exhausted. Could I please ask that we get sharing and find someone to help my friend. 

The fees are €4,500 year per year (€9,000 for the whole course).

We simply cannot hold this intelligence back from the UK because of a simple thing called Money!

For more information please email Rhiannon - rhi.heslop@hotmail.co.uk 
or Myself - megancooke92@hotmail.co.uk 

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