Former Deputy Head Girl Hannah has taken the next step on her journey to becoming a top doctor by receiving a sought-after offer to read Medicine from the University of Southampton.

Part of the Russell Group, Southampton ranks 2nd in the UK for subjects allied to Medicine in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and in the Top 10 in the UK for Medical Research in the government’s latest research and excellence framework assessment.

Its Faculty of Medicine has an international reputation for making important scientific discoveries in the laboratory and translating them into successful clinical treatments. In fact, the department has five academics who received honours from HM The Queen in 2020 for medical research and their services to Medicine during COVID-19.

It’s been a long journey that has seen Hannah excel in a demanding admissions process in order to achieve her ambitious goal. On average, for every ten students applying to study medicine at university, only one will be offered a place.

Hannah said: “It was a mixture of relief and excitement when I received the UCAS notification regarding my offer! The school has been really supportive throughout my application. Attending the Aspiring Medics programme over the last 4 years has broadened my knowledge of the medical profession and being able to talk to doctors from various specialties at each meeting has given me a unique insight into what being a doctor is really like.”

“Dr Cathy Purohit has been a great mentor and guided me through the many hurdles of the application process, whilst Charlie Barnecutt, who is a first-year medical student, has been a brilliant tutor, helping me to overcome the challenge of the UCAT examination. I feel well prepared and excited to start the course in September.”

An alumna of Truro High, Charlie headed off to read Medicine at UK Top 10 university Bristol last September. Alongside a packed schedule of weekly lectures and workshops, all students receive one-to-one mentoring from a medical specialist and a current medical student, who is a recent alumna of Truro High, as part of the school’s Aspiring Medics programme.