From Western Australian National Park to the University of Cambridge

17 August 2017

Rebecka Loodus Vivian found out today that her place has been confirmed for the Human, Social & Political Sciences degree (HSPS) at Lucy Cavendish College, a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Her background is unusual for the University; she decided to apply for a place while working at Karijini National Park in Western Australia.

Rebecka graduated secondary school in her home country of Sweden in 2011, at the age of nineteen. She spent the next six years travelling around South East Asia, Europe and Australia. She worked in the mining industry and she volunteered and coordinated sustainable development projects. Whilst working and travelling, she completed a TEFOL course and studied online university courses in gender science and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. 

She decided to apply for a place at the University of Cambridge while working on sustainable development projects at Karijini National Park in Western Australia. She then applied online to the Swedish government for a scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge.

She said:

“Studying gender science and learning about the life conditions of women as I travelled, I realised education is actually not available to women of all cultures and countries. I did not want to take my privilege for granted by not pursuing higher education and knew that it was also through higher education that I would be able to make a difference for women.”

It was a conscious decision for Rebecka to choose to apply for a women’s college. She said:

“I thought it would be a very inspiring environment, being surrounded by women, especially with the degree I am pursuing. I love the idea of a female college; the atmosphere is like nothing I have experienced before.”

Admissions Tutor at Lucy Cavendish College, Dr Victoria Harvey said:

“We congratulate Rebecka on winning a place here and we are delighted to welcome her to the College. Her breadth of experience gained through travel and work abroad will allow her to bring different perspectives to her studies, and to benefit even more from her chosen course.”





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About Lucy Cavendish

Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

Contact information:

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Kate Coghlan, 01223 339243,

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