Journalism student Waseem Mirza has got his foot in the door at the BBC even before he’s finished his degree course.
Waseem, from Peterborough, thought his ambition to become a broadcast journalist had been thwarted when he failed to make the grade at A-level in 1999.
But he accepted a place at ULH through clearing and now has a contract with BBC News 24 even though he is only in the third year of his course.
Waseem has worked his way up the ranks from a two-week stint on the BBC Asian Network and is now employed by BBC News 24 on the technology programme ‘Click Online’ which is shown on BBC World and BBC News 24.
He has read the news on BBC Radio 5 Live, is regularly credited on ‘Click Online’ and had his first voice-over report broadcast on the show this summer.
“Clearing was a frantic, awful time, but the choices I made then have put me in the best possible position for the future,” he says.
“But I would never have got to where I am today if I’d been accepted at my initial choice of university. The course leaders at ULH have brilliant industry contacts and helped me get into the BBC – I couldn’t have done it without them.”