Before he gained a place, Majid Ahmed was rejected from medical school eight times because of a spent conviction. Jessie Colquhoun spoke to him
Few 19 year olds understand the brutality of the admissions process to medical school like Majid Ahmed, from Bradford. Thursday 8 August marked the end of his two year struggle to gain a place, with Manchester University accepting him to its five year course, which starts this September. Ahmed found notoriety when his place from Imperial College was taken away after he failed a fitness to practise interview, which was heavily reported in the UK press. The reason? He had committed a minor criminal offence as a juvenile. His story is complicated because he applied to medical school on two separate occasions, in September 2006 and again in September 2007 (see box).
“Should I mention it?” This was the thought that went through Ahmed's head before he sent in his university application form in September 2006. His school didn't know about his previous conviction. “It's not exactly something you go