The Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme continues to go from strength to strength. Some of the highlights in 2010 include:
- Alumni and supporters have now committed more than £1million to the scholarship scheme since 2007
- 12% of A2B entrants to the University achieved at least one A* grade at A level, compared to the national average of 8%
- The number of A2B students offered an undergraduate place at Birmingham rose to 199 this year – an increase of 27% from the previous year. A2B students now account for 4% of our undergraduate community
- The number of students ‘overachieving’ and receiving scholarship level grades has risen steadily and this year 82 scholarships have been awarded – a 37% increase from the previous year
- The first scholarship recipients from 2007 celebrated their graduation
Case study – Jonathan Price, A2B scholar and 2010 graduate
After visiting the sports facilities on campus as a child, it was my early ambition to study at the University.
As neither of my parents had experience of university, a teacher supported my application during my A levels via the A2B scheme. I received a place on my chosen physiotherapy course with an alternative A2B offer, but after a lot of hard work I exceeded my offer and achieved AAB grades, for which I won a scholarship. My parents were so proud.
While at university my father was made redundant so the extra money from my donor, Martin Devenish, really helped me support myself and focus on my studies. It clearly helped as I got a First Class honours degree and won the prize for dissertation of the year.
The University was amazing for physiotherapy; I thoroughly enjoyed my course and thought the University facilities were brilliant. Since graduating, the University suggested I redraft my dissertation to get it published with a major peer-reviewed physiotherapy journal, which I am in the process of doing.
I eventually want to be an Extended Scope Practitioner within the NHS in the field of musculoskeletal. Then maybe even a lecturer in physiotherapy one day and to study for PhD. The A2B scholarship has been a great inspiration to me and I am so thankful for your investment in my future.
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