Hamza took part in the MAP programme during his A-levels at Holy Cross Sixth Form College and graduated from the general strand in 2013.
He studied Law, Psychology and Biology which led him to apply and be accepted onto the LLB Law with Criminology course at The University of Manchester in 2014. Upon graduating, he took an internship with the MAP team and now works in the Legal Advice Centre at the University.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
During my time as a university student, I became a Student Ambassador and worked on a range of student recruitment and widening participation activities, including open days, Gateways programme visits and MAP. I graduated in July 2017 with a 2:1 and began an internship with the MAP team so I can confidently say that I have seen all sides of the programme.
How did you hear about the MAP?
I heard about MAP from older students who had completed the programme. As well as this, there was a lunchtime talk at my college where a member of the MAP team came to talk about what MAP is and how to apply. This gave me all the information I needed to submit an application and the rest is history.
What did you enjoy the most about participating on the scheme?
What I enjoyed the most was the range of opportunities that were offered. This ranges from simple things like using the University library and experiencing lecture theatres for the first time, to working on group projects and having the opportunity to stay overnight in halls of residence.
How did the programme help you to get to where you are now?
MAP boosted my confidence massively. Being able to work with other students I had never met before and present in front of them are just two things which enabled me to become more confident in my ability to not only socialise but also present information in front of an audience. No one in my immediate family had ever gone to university. This meant that, in my eyes, going to university didn’t seem that realistic. MAP gave me the opportunity to break down those perceived barriers and start to really believe that you can not only get to university but also succeed there – it is this personal belief that MAP encourages in students which I think is the most impactful benefit.
What advice would you give others who are thinking of applying to the programme?
If you are reading this and thinking of applying, stop reading and apply! You have nothing to lose in applying and everything to gain. Whether it’s the undergraduate access scholarship, supported admissions process or the two grade differential offer, I can’t recommend MAP enough. It’s the reason I got into The University of Manchester and it could be the reason you do too.