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Talented student secures place at University of Oxford

Year 13 student, Wisam Sherwi has secured a spot at world-renowned University of Oxford to study Mechanical Engineering in September 2021. 

Wisam, who joined UTC Reading in Year 12, studies maths, further maths, physics and engineering. Earlier this week, he found out he had received his University of Oxford offer and said, “I feel very happy about getting the conditional offer, and I feel rewarded for my effort and will continue to work hard to get there.” 

The four-year degree course in Mechanical Engineering is Wisam’s first choice. He added: “Oxford is my top choice because it’s one of the best universities in the world, and also close to Reading. I would consider taking a degree apprenticeship. University is a strong option for me”. 

“To apply, I had to compete the UCAS application, the personal statements, an admission test and two interviews. The whole process was easy to follow and accomplish because of the support given to me by all the staff at UTC Reading. It would be been far harder to get an offer without my teachers’ aid and guidance. 

“I joined UTC Reading because the professional environment of UTCs appealed to me and I found that UTC Reading is one of the best. They helped me prepare for my future with vast opportunities and extra-curricular activities, such as work experience and professional qualifications.  

“Since I’ve been here, I have been involved with the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) enrichment, which helps to build my confidence. I also enjoy the facilities at UTC Reading, such as the 3D printers in the engineering department.   

“I would like to thank everyone at UTC Reading for their support, and for giving me opportunities to join competitions such as the British Maths Olympiad, the British Physics Olympiad and the MOS World Championship, which I am sure helped me with my personal statement.” 

Wisam was a total success at last year’s MOS UK and Ireland Championship in the PowerPoint category and will be competing in the World Championship later this year (when restrictions are lifted). He was also ranked in the top 10% of students nationally to receive a gold certificate in the Senior Maths challenge, competing against over 250,000 other pupils. Wisam has also just received news that he has ranked in the top 14.4% of students, achieving a Gold award in round 1 of the British Physics Olympiad with a mark between 43 and 53%, compared to average mark of 27%. 

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