"I always wanted to go into healthcare and help people,” says pharmacy student and Alumni Fund Sanctuary Gold Scholar Yaaseir, “because Rohingya refugees like me have been persecuted for a very long time. We do not have doctors. We do not have access to healthcare. So that motivated me when I was young to work towards a degree in the sector.”
Despite achieving excellent exam results, Yaaseir’s hope of university in his home country of Myanmar was dashed by the government’s ban on Rohingya students. He fled the genocide to Bangladesh in 2017 and came to the UK in late 2020.
Thanks to the University’s Gold Scholarship Programme, he’s been thriving at Bath since September 2022, despite the obstacles in his path. “I can’t talk with my family all the time, so because of that, I became demotivated sometimes, even though I tried not to be. But the Gold Scholarship team were always there for me,” he explains.
“Through the programme, we had a lot of events, so I made a lot of friends who are like-minded and want to use the opportunity to develop themselves."