Manchester Medical School student Tasleema Begum received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award when she graduated this week with a MB ChB in Medicine.
Manchester Medical School top student Tasleema Begum
Tasleema was given the award from The University of Manchester for being the Medical School’s best performing MB ChB student for 2014 based on academic performance in final examinations.
One student per School is given an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award at graduation and the recipients also receive a cheque for £1000.
Tasleema is a former Manchester Access Programme (MAP) student – a structured scheme for local post-16 students who meet specific academic and background criteria, normally backgrounds that are currently under-represented in higher education. The scheme is one way in which the University seeks to achieve its goal of recruiting students who will be successful at Manchester regardless of their educational and social background.
Tasleema, who grew up in Oldham, Greater Manchester - attending Radclyffe School and Oldham Sixth Form College, said: “I had always been good at sciences and wanted to study medicine, and the Manchester Access Programme definitely helped me achieve that goal.
“The extra support provided was invaluable and included guidance through the application process and the opportunity to practise for interviews. It is also allowed me to meet fellow applicants, allowing us to share our experiences and support each other.
“The programme’s tours around the University and introduction to academic writing boosted my confidence ready for starting my degree, which was great because I was the first in my family to go to university.
“Going to University is still quite uncommon in the Bangladeshi community but I have proved that is it possible to succeed. My brother and sister have also been encouraged to study at university and our community is very proud of us all.”
Professor Tony Freemont, Head of Manchester Medical School, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Medical School I would like to congratulate Tasleema on graduating this week and in winning the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for the School. Standards in the finals are tough and to achieve the highest mark demonstrates her commitment to working hard and giving her all.”
Tasleema now looks forward to starting her foundation doctor training at Manchester Royal Infirmary later this summer.