Xaverian students gain places on medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine degrees at university

Xaverian students have again been successful at gaining offers on competitive medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses at some of the UK’s top universities.

Between the 27 students who applied for courses, a total of 61 offers of places were received, impressing the universities with their UCAS applications and some of the toughest interviews students face for degree courses at university. To stand out further, students enhanced their applications with significant volunteering activities, work experience and rigorous admissions tests.

Xaverian students with ambitions to gain places on these courses are encouraged to join the college’s Medics, Dentists and Vets (MDV) programme which, as well as providing students with relevant work experience and volunteering opportunities, offers access to lectures, events and webinars and mentoring by current medical students to gain a thorough understanding of the professions and the application process. The final part of the programme comprises interview preparation sessions leading up to the interviews which take place from December to March. 

Former St Peter’s High School pupil, Izodosa Osarenmwinda, is currently studying A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Geography and is planning to study medicine at university to eventually become a doctor and commented: “I’m currently interested in obstetrics and gynaecology, however, I’m open to other specialities and I’m excited to venture into the career.

“Receiving offers from Exeter, Birmingham, and Bristol medical schools is honestly a dream come true. It’s so rewarding to see my efforts pay off and I’m proud that I’ve made it this far. I’m looking forward to starting the course in September and fully immersing myself in the university experience. The MDV programme has helped me with interview preparation, which I’m grateful for, as well as visiting medical students who went through what I did, and this motivated me to try my best.”

Bilal Munawar, from the Dean Trust Ardwick school and studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at Xaverian, is one of a record five students gaining offers from Xaverian to study Veterinary Medicine, said: “Having to get through veterinary medicine admissions seemed daunting at first, but support from the MDV programme and advice from those who have succeeded in this career path, has pushed me to improve far beyond what I could have imagined, enabling me to improve and use the skills I have learned to help me succeed. To future members of the MDV group, work hard, stay motivated and never give up!”

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Geography student, Mary Seymour from Marple Hall High School said: “The staff at the college have helped me the most, by always being happy to answer and help with any questions I have. The MDV programme at Xaverian, in particular, has helped me and made the whole application process much easier by supporting me through every step of the process. After university, I hope to progress to be a dentist and I’m excited to explore further specialities whilst I’m at university to find out what interests me the most.”

Priyanka Nayar, Co-ordinator of the MDV programme, said “We are immensely proud of our students for their hard work and dedication. They have had great success in admissions tests and have excelled at interviews whilst consistently achieving high grades in their A Level studies. Their achievements are even more exceptional as 17 of the students receiving offers are the first in their families to apply for university. Hopefully this will inspire future students that, with hard work and high grades, studying at higher education is within reach for all students.”

College Principal, Tony Knowles, commented, “I’m delighted and proud that so many of our students have been successful in gaining offers for these incredibly competitive courses at medical schools across the UK. The universities’ selection procedures for these degree courses are so rigorous that it is programmes like Xaverian’s MDV Programme that can really make a difference to students’ chances of gaining a place and achieving their career ambitions.”

Time, Line and Stitch Exhibition by Lucy George

Lucy George, former Xaverian student will be hosting her first debut solo exhibition, Time, Line, and Stitch.

Former Xaverian Student, Lucy George will be hosting her first debut solo exhibition, Time, Line, and Stitch.

She is working on crochet and handknit projects for Yorkshire based Wool Couture whose backers include Dragon’s Den entrepreneurs, Touker Suleyman and Tej Lavani.

Shaun Steele, Art Divisional Lead, said:

“Lucy joined Xaverian in September 2017, studying A Level Fine Art and Textiles. She is an extremely talented artist but is also very modest. Her natural ability allied to her tremendous work ethic, willingness to experiment and explore processes and techniques; means that she has a hugely promising future in the world of Art and Design.”

Lucy said:

The tutors at Xaverian College enriched, widened and strengthened my skills in drawing, painting, print and constructed textiles. The overseas trip to New York enabled me to view many significant works in art history which have subsequently influenced my practice as an artist, especially the works of Sarah Sze and David Tudor with their installation pieces. 

We are proud of our student success, Lucy is an A* student, we look forward to seeing more of her wonderful work.

If you would like to see Lucy’s exhibition click here.

To find out more about the Art and Textiles Department at Xaverian, click here.

Classical Civilisation and Ancient History High Achievers

Xaverian Classical Civilisation and Ancient History students have been chosen for Oxford Summer School…


Abigail and Carmen, both Xaverian High Achieving students have been successfully selected for a place on the Wadham College Oxford summer school for five days.

This was a highly competitive process, Abbie and Carmen were chosen to go out of sixteen students across the UK. They will be studying at the Ashmolean Museum and will have the chance to stay in college and be briefed about attending top universities to study related subjects.

A further three Xaverian Classical Civilisation and Ancient History students,  Nahir, Jess and Georgia have been awarded scholarships at the annual Classics and Ancient History Summer School in Sheffield; where they will have a week studying Literature, History and Latin.

We also have student Lily, who has been awarded a place at the Annual Bryanston Ancient Greek Summer School.  She will be involved in a Greek play production as well as learning the language as a beginner.  Lily is aspiring to study Classics at university with a foundation year in Ancient Greek.

Other students are attending remote courses in Latin language and one on Classics in Italy with a beginners’ Italian course.

Xaverian has a proud record of high achieving students gaining places at top universities, studying subject varying from Ancient History, Classics and Classical Civilisation.  We are the biggest provider of Classical subjects within a state college in the whole of the North of England. For more information about the course visit https://www.xaverian.ac.uk/course/classical-civilisation/.

To find out more about studying Classical Civilisation and Ancient History at Xaverian.

For more information about open days and how to apply, click here.

We Made It To SXSW Film Festival

A video archivist in the late 90s who unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them…

A film written by Xaverian Film Department Curriculum Lead, Philip Drinkwater and former member of college staff Tim Woodall, starring Harry Shum Jr (Crazy Rich Asians, Glee), Chris Sullivan (This is Us) and Kelley Mack (The Walking Dead).

Phil and Tim started working at Xaverian back in 2009, both writing independently when they decided to collaborate. The duo wrote and directed three award-winning short films together; Rain on Film (starring Josie Long); How to Disappear Completely; and Broadcast Signal Intrusion. They travelled to New York to take part in the New York Television Festival, and developed show ideas with the BBC, Working Title, and NBC Universal. The film, Broadcast Signal Intrusion was written a few years ago and was bought by an American company, Queensbury Pictures. After being shot in Chicago last year, the film premiere will be at SXSW this March.

Film Director, Phil Drinkwater said:

“Broadcast Signal Intrusion is something we’ve been working on for years now. It started as a weird little idea we had which we wrote in a shed somewhere. Then we directed a short film based on it, which was filmed here at Xaverian and with film students as Production Assistants! Then, after we wrote the feature script, it was optioned by Hollywood and we developed it over endless phone calls between ourselves (often walking home in the rain through Levenshulme) and the producers (definitely not in the rain, somewhere in Los Angeles).

We’re so proud of the Film Department here at Xaverian, and of the fact that we are a bunch of dedicated film specialists who not only write about film and have studied it, but who are also actively involved in the industry itself. This unique access and perspective places Xaverian in its own league when it comes to this subject and this industry, a fact backed up by the fact that we are the number one destination for A-Level Film Studies in the North West and by our academic results which are consistently amongst the best in the country.”

We are proud of Phil from the Film Department for such a big achievement and are very excited for the premiere!

To find out more about the Film Department at Xaverian, click here.

For more information about open days and how to apply, click here.