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Bursary support paves way for DCG student’s medical aspirations – FE News


An A-level student at Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded a coveted cliff to support her ambitions to study medicine at university.

Rabbi Bulakoti (19) from Littleover studied at DCG after joining his father in the UK from home in Nepal three years ago.

After excelling in her studies, she was nominated by her teachers and accepted onto the Medify UCAT platform with a full bursary.

Rabina is currently studying Maths, Biology and Chemistry A at the Joseph Wright Center and plans to apply to university next academic year with her choices including Newcastle, Bristol and St Andrews.

She said: “I appreciate how lucky I am to have this bursary. The Medify Bursary gives me access to specialist tutorials, mock questions and feedback so that I can be as prepared as possible for the UCAT test in September, which you need to score well , to be able to study medicine at university.

“This is a particularly challenging test as it covers a wide range of topics with strict response deadlines so that it tests your problem-solving and decision-making skills as well as your knowledge.”

Rabina studied at a good school in Nepal, where her favorite subject was science. After arriving in Derby she initially studied sports at DCG at Broomfield Hall.

With this under her belt, and with the opportunity to fully explore what qualifications to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor, she was accepted on a year-long GCSE+ program at the Joseph Wright Center and passed five GCSEs with top grades – combining her studies with part-time paid work to help support the family.

This opened doors at A level and teachers were impressed by her consistently high grades, commitment and work ethic.

In addition to her A Level studies, she recently competed in the Biology Olympiad and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and joined several enrichment visits and specialist lectures.

Due to Covid, she has not been able to do an in-person workplace, but has completed an online placement at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and, as well as working on the Medify program this summer, she is looking forward to volunteering with St John Ambulance and working in a home care

Mata Rabin is a keen soccer specialist in sports medicine, something she has first hand after undergoing painful surgery and rehabilitation from a knee injury earlier this year.

She continued: “I loved my time at Derby College. The teachers are amazing and I’ve made lots of friends. I’ve particularly enjoyed the opportunity to develop my independent study skills which will keep me at a good university.

“I know I have one chance to pass the UCAT test, which is very scary, but I’m going to use the summer holidays to really prepare for it and I’m sure I’ll do well.

“My family is very proud of me and my older sister, who studied biomedical science at the University of Derby.

“They gave us a start with a good education in Nepal and now I am determined to fulfill my dreams of becoming a doctor.”

Debbie Painter, Head of GCSE+ Curriculum at Derby College, who nominated Rabin for the Medicines Bursary, concluded: “The competition for the Medicines Bursary is extremely tough and we are delighted that Rabin has been accepted for this support.

“Rabina is an exceptional student and is one of the most academically motivated students in her cohort. She thrives academically at her level and her enthusiasm for learning is palpable.

“We were particularly impressed with how Rabina combines her academic excellence with her ability to lead and inspire others.

“Having been a school council leader in Nepal, she was a student ambassador in college and took a leading role in the Red Group fundraiser. She is very supportive of her fellow students, and her excellent interpersonal skills will help make her a great doctor.”

“I am confident that she will take full advantage of this bursary and achieve her ambition to pursue a great career in medicine.”


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