A BRADFORD College student won one of the top prizes in the British Biology Olympiad 2024.

Laibba Arshad Mahmood Sadiq, who studies A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths, won bronze in the national science education competition.

More than 13,000 students from nearly 900 schools and colleges participated in the advanced problem-solving competition for pre-higher education students. The Olympiad challenges and stimulates students interested in biology to expand and extend their talents.

The competition consists of two 45-minute multiple-choice papers taken offline under exam conditions and on unfamiliar topics. Students use problem-solving skills to answer papers that expect participants to apply knowledge to unfamiliar topics.

The award comes as the nation celebrated British Science Week - a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This year, the campaign focussed on #SmashingStereotypes and celebrating diversity in STEM.

Laibba hopes to become a neurosurgeon and study at Murray Edwards College at The University of Cambridge.

She said: “I’ve got really great teachers at Bradford College; there’s no doubting that they’ve helped me a lot. I came from Pakistan without any GCSEs which meant my options were narrowed down at that point. When you’re new to a country it can be hard to adapt to things like the accent, but my teachers and friends have helped me out a lot.

“I managed to get three A* in my AS Levels and now I’m working towards 3 A*s again for A Levels. Bradford College is a friendly environment where people are happy to help, and the teachers are supportive. It’s so diverse with various different cultures and communities that all respect and value each other.”

Laibba is the latest student success story from Bradford College – an established provider of further and higher education science programmes. Past students have progressed into careers including pharmacy, forensic or biomedical science, dentistry, ophthalmic dispensing, nursing, medicine, and emergency care.

Over the last two years, the College has secured nearly £29 million in funding to enhance, refurbish, and build new aspirational facilities in the heart of the city. Part of this investment is being used to enhance existing STEM facilities.

* Visit the Bradford College website - bradfordcollege.ac.uk - for more information about all Science courses and how to enrol. Applications are now open for 2024/25.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Find the career for you at Bradford College's careers fair Find the career for you at Bradford College's careers fair (Image: Bradford College)

A CAREERS And Work Experience Fair at Bradford College will open its doors to students on April 16, 10am-2pm.

Pop to the ground floor of the David Hockney Building and meet over 30 employers and universities.

Employers include West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Museums and Galleries, Morgan Sindall, Tilbury Douglas and MyDentist. The Bradford College Apprenticeship Team will be available to discuss opportunities to study for qualifications while you work.

University stands will include Coventry, Glasgow Caledonian, Leeds Becket, Leeds Trinity, Liverpool Hope, Manchester Met, Newcastle, Sheffield Hallam, the University of Bradford and York St John.

Come along on the day, no need to book. Employers and higher education providers can request stalls by emailing workplacements@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Students enjoyed the pasta masterclassStudents enjoyed the pasta masterclass (Image: Bradford College)

BRADFORD College welcomed Consultant Chef Darren Cooper to its kitchens for an inspirational pasta masterclass.
Darren delivered specialist training to Professional Cookery students on how to make a variety of delicious pasta shapes from scratch. 
The exciting masterclass was the latest event organised in partnership with The Chefs’ Forum – an organisation that connects some of the UK’s finest chefs with colleges to inspire the next generation of culinary experts. 
Lecturer Andy Bray said, “It really is wonderful to see this year’s cohort of students all getting involved with the cooking, talking to the guest chefs, and learning new culinary techniques.”
The Bradford College Catering & Hospitality Department provides real-life opportunities to budding culinary experts for their desired industries, from masterclasses to preparing food for The Grove Restaurant. 
To explore the range of courses available, visit the College’s Catering & Hospitality pages: www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford College is highlighting jobs in social work Bradford College is highlighting jobs in social work (Image: Bradford College)

THIS week (March 18-22) is national Social Work Week - a campaign to bring people together to learn, connect, and influence the social work sector. 
Now in its fourth year, the week includes World Social Work Day today. 
Led by Social Work England, the week is aimed at raising the profile of this profession - particularly outside children and families. 
Bradford College kicked off the campaign with a partner event where students interested in social work as a career could ask questions to four partner organisations. 
This week, the College is joining in national activities with articles, blogs, videos and promotions about the rewarding work done by social workers and the courses and career routes available. 
The College offers a BA (Hons) in Social Work degree, which is approved by Social Work England, and after which students can register to practice as a fully qualified Social Worker. 
* Visit the Bradford College website for more details: www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/courses/ba-hons-social-work