We were pleased to hear that two Sheffield University Masters students would like to do placements with the University of Makeni in June-July 2017. Helena has already been volunteering with work for UNIMAK in Sheffield. She would like to focus her research in Sierra Leone on local strategies to alleviate poverty. The other student, Eri, would like to focus on exploring the link between environmental change and diseases like ebola. This will be the third year that Masters students have gone from Sheffield to Makeni. The arrangement is welcomed by all parties.