Ria is a fourth-year medical student who came through the Academic Enrichment Programme and the Access to Birmingham scheme, which ensures students can access education no matter what their circumstances.
Despite being busy with her studies, Ria acts as an Ambassador for the programme, supporting Year 12 summer schools, writing content for University marketing materials and assisting with interview sessions, supporting the next cohort of A2B students. Ria’s work ensures that more bright students can go to University regardless of circumstance.
What’s your connection to the University?
I am a fourth year student currently studying Medicine at Birmingham. I will be graduating in 2023, and will then start working as a junior doctor in the NHS.
Do you have any favourite sports? What do you like about them?
My favourite sport has to be football - I got into playing football at university when I joined the medics women’s team. I have met so many wonderful people and have made friends for life, which is why I love it so much! I also really love skateboarding, it is just so fun!
While growing up, did you follow any particular sports stars?
I love following the current England Women’s football players, I think they are amazing and inspiring players. They show that women deserve to be respected and supported in sports just as much as men!
What are you most looking forward to during the Games?
I am so excited to see our campus being transformed for the Games and having athletes from around the world come to our home. I am particularly excited to see the hockey being played on campus, as well as the swimming and track events in Birmingham.
How does it feel to know your alma mater is hosting the Games?
It’s really amazing that my University is hosting the Games - I feel very excited and proud to be involved with the Commonwealth Games. I am sure I will remember the whole experience for years to come!
How does it feel to be selected as a batonbearer?
I was so surprised when I was nominated, but I felt really excited and honoured. I feel appreciated that I have been recognised for what I do, as I am really passionate about young people achieving their dreams and going to university, no matter what their background is.