INTRODUCING OUR SCHOLARS

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I’m Andrew Harrison and I grew up in Stockport and attended a poor high school in special measures with numerous changes in head teachers. Despite this I worked hard and achieved very good GCSE grades. Moving onto college I managed to get the grades to gain myself a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study Law. I am in my first year of Study, in which I hope to go on to have a career in law as a solicitor after graduating. Outside of my studies I enjoy sport, refereeing junior football, playing cricket and volunteering as a coach running an under 11’s cricket team.

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I'm Aaron Omotosho. I graduated Loreto Sixth Form College in the summer of 2017. After an exciting, deeply challenging gap year and with the incredible support of my teachers, family and friends, I'm now doing what I love; studying Computer Science at the University of Oxford. The DCET Scholarship and more so the support of David Camplin are two major parts of the brilliant time I'm having here so far and I remain ever so grateful for the financial support and invaluable advice they provide. I hope to graduate with a master's degree in Computer Science in 2022 and hopefully use the knowledge I gain here to help change the world.

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I’m Byan Abu Dakka and I’m currently studying Biochemistry at The University of Manchester. After attending a high school that was labelled ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and was in one of the worst neighbourhoods in Salford, I pushed through all the odds and went to an incredible college, Loreto. I left Loreto with 2 A*s and an A, which lead me to Manchester University initially studying Chemical Engineering. Throughout that year, I had doubts as to whether that course was the right one for me. So, after a year at university, I decided to make the decision to switch courses and it was a decision I do not regret!

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I am Christiana Odusanya, I was born in Nigeria and grew up in Blackley. I attended the high school that is around the corner from my house which fell short of National standards. After achieving good GCSEs I set my sights on studying Medicine, and graduated from Loreto in the summer of 2019 doing just that. Now I am on my way to Keele University and hope to make the best use of this experience with the help of David Camplin and the other DCET scholars.

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Conscience Osayande was born in Italy and moved to Manchester at the age of 13 where she attended high school in one of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. Despite her secondary school attaining GCSE results below the national average she now studies at The University of Warwick. She is currently in her first year of studying Politics and International Studies and has joined several societies including the Anti-racism Society and Women for Women, an international charity organisation to make an effort to give back to society.







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My name is Grace Buadi and I moved to the UK at a very young age and have always lived in inner city areas which have extremely low progression rates to Higher Education. Despite finding myself in limiting circumstances, both financially and academically, I was able to excel in my GCSE's and A levels. By the grace of God I am now in my first year of studying Audiology at Swansea University. I was able to achieve these things through the support of my tutors, mentors and DCET and hope to achieve many more great things.

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I’m Hannah Ainsworth, I faced a lot of difficult challenges throughout my time in education with witnessing my mother be domestically abused by her husband who verbally bullied both me and my brother often leaving me to protect them from him in my teenage years, alongside other problems. Despite all the problems I faced at home suffering with anxiety I managed to get help from my school to pass all my GCSEs coming out with Bs and Cs. This then led me to Loreto sixth form college where I was supported along my college journey till the end of my two year course.   At the end of my college course where I received three A levels I was granted the DCET scholarship offering more financial, emotional and physical support for me to continue my education at university to satisfy my dream of becoming a qualified accountant

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My name is Hiba Hussain and I am studying Medicine at the University of Manchester. This could not have been true without the help of many teachers and supportive staff through the years. Despite many hardships: mental health issues, financial problems which compelled me to work extremely long hours during my entire two years of college, and little experience of higher education in the family, support from my school and college allowed me to go to university with amongst the best GCSE and A level grades. The DCET has been the most recent supportive body to further eradicate any reason not to pursue this degree and give me the opportunity to be confident about starting university.

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Kes McNicholas studies chemistry at the university of Leeds and is currently going into his third year. He is from a working-class background and acts as a carer for his disabled mother, along with his father. Despite his family’s financial problems, he has never lacked determination and is very career driven. He was able to land a summer placement at pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca, where he shall be getting a hands-on look into their operations and how science can be applied to the forefront of medicine. After his third year he hopes to continue his studies and do a masters in chemistry.

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My name is Liam Walton and like the rest of my fellow scholars at DCET, come from a low-income background and area of Greater Manchester Throughout the majority of my time at Loreto College I was living independantly without the support of family, this presented it's own challenges and despite this I still managed to persevere and now study Computer Forensics and Security at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have participated in external programs such as NCS and the Outward Bound Skills for Life award, the Social Mobility Foundation Aspiring Proffessionals Programme and MMU's own Firt Generation Scheme. All of which have aided me in expanding my network and forging my own opportunities. I look forward to utilising the support the DCET can provide and hope to one day return the favour by aiding future DCET Scholars.

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I’m Lyona Bonitto and with the help of staff at Loreto College as well as my friends and family, I managed to go from leaving a school in special measures with mediocre grades to gaining a place at Staffordshire University to study Forensic Psychology. Forensic Psychology, growing up, always felt like an aspiration that was very farfetched for a person in my situation with crime affecting me and my family, and financially not being the best off. I knew, however, that it was what I desired to do so I did everything I could to get to where I am today. The road was long and tedious with educational and personal challenges being a common theme but the support I received gave me the push I needed to persevere and achieve my dream of studying Forensic psychology.

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Maisie Palmer grew up in North Manchester. She attended a ‘Special Measures’ school that saw just a few of its students leave with 5 GCSE’s. After high school, she spent 3 hours a day travelling to and from Loreto college to ensure she could receive a better quality of education. She now reads for an MA in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, and plans to spend a semester in her 3rd year studying at the prestigious Sciences PO in Paris. Alongside her degree programme, she writes for two student newspapers to gain journalistic experience – a field of employment that she hopes to have a career in.

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I'm Mia Uddin. I grew up in what was once Europe's largest council estate: Wythenshawe. I experienced the negatives of the post code lottery, a real injustice in our society that unfairly limits us and keeps us trapped in a vicious cycle where the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. My background and my teachers have taught me to fight for change and justice, to strive to be a better version of ourselves - not just academically - to break free from the cycle. The DCET scholarship will help support me and my ambitions ad I continue my studies in English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University.

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I'm Michelle Mburu, the circumstances I was born into disadvantaged me from an early age, growing up in a single income household, in an area where not many advanced into higher education, as a black female were many factors that were supposed to limit me and at many times did. Getting the chance to study at Loreto College was a great opportunity for me to prove to myself that I can overcome these obstacles and make something of my life. After a difficult two years, I am now going to study Mathematics and Economics at the University of Leeds. I hope to help others in the future in the same way that the DCET scholarship has helped me.

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I’m Neel Vyas and I am currently studying Medicine at the University of Leeds. Growing up in a deprived area and facing financial difficulties, as well as attending a secondary school which was under special measures due to its inadequate teaching. Despite this, I remained resilient and determined and through the support of an incredible college, I achieved 3 A*s at my A levels and a place on one of the most competitive degree courses at university. I believe the ongoing support from DCET is invaluable and I hope to remain connected to DCET throughout my career in perusing to be a doctor.

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I’m Nirali Vyas. I was born and grew up in Tameside. After doing my GCSE’s in a local high school, I attended Loreto College from 2016-2018 and achieved A levels in Biology Chemistry and Maths. I’m now going on to study Medicine at the University of Leeds.

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My name is Ruby Gregory, I was born and raised in Salford and always dreamed about a successful life that would enable me to travel the world. I loved learning in any subject, wether academic or creative and achieved straight A’s and A*’s at GCSE. Full of hope and excitement I then attended Loreto College, however then unexpectedly lost my Dad in the November. Naturally, as a family it was a horrendous time and yet I watched my mum continue her full time job and to complete her degree which she later achieved a first class in English Literature. Determined to finish college the best I can, my physical health suddenly changed and then I had to undergo an operation. I’m incredibly overwhelmed and truly happy to say that I’m still going to a London University this September where I will pursue all opportunities and thrive as a person.

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I'm Sadia Sheeraz, and I'll be starting my first year of study at the London School of Economics for BSc International, Social and Public Policy with Politics. The high school I attended was rated "requires improvement" by Ofsted, which was a considerable improvement from previous years. During my GCSE years I fell sick, and two months before my GCSE exams I found myself stuck in hospital, unable to see clearly and so unable to study through some of the most crucial weeks. Nevertheless, I left with great GCSE grades and a fresh bill of health. Three months into starting college, my mum passed away during a particularly bad seizure (she had been diagnosed with epilepsy during my GCSE years and would be left bed bound for weeks at a time). With three younger siblings and a supportive family in my corner, alongside my amazing college support system, I managed to push through and come out with A*A*A.

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My name is Safia Mahmood and with 2 years of hard work and the help of some of my teachers at Loreto College I’ve been offered a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study computer science. During my years at high school and college I have struggled academically, mentally and financially however with the help of my friends and teachers I have been able to overcome most problems. The DCET scholarship is important to me as it helps me to connect with people who have faced similar problems and are in the same position as me and also assists me financially in buying things such as a new laptop ready for university. I hope to graduate in 2023 and go on further to do something that will impact the world in a positive manner.

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I am Sahar Sayyed. Following a lot of hard work and dedication, I am finally going on to study Psychology at The University of Manchester. I am one of the first in my family to progress onto degree level and I hope to make everyone proud. It is a great honour to become a DCET scholar and I hope to be able to give back to this amazing network by helping others as a mentor one day. I am excited to see what university life has to offer me and I plan to take on as many opportunities as possible.

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I'm Sarah Gunnery, I had a difficult childhood however, with the amazing teachers and support of Loreto College I finished with 3 A*s and an A, I will soon be studying chemical engineering at Imperial College London. I hope for a hectic but enjoyable four years and to then progress into the chemical engineering industry.

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Hi, my name Stella Amponsah. I am a 2019 graduate from loreto college going to Liverpool John Moores going to study Adult Nursing. I managed to achieve 3 distinction stars which is equivalent to 3 A*’s. I enjoy many activities outside my studies which includes sewing, drawing and doing make up. I am hoping to start my first year of university!