Biology Olympiad Success

Varndean College celebrates the success of Resham Bagaria, a second year A Level Biology student who competed in the 2022 British Biology Olympiad. She was awarded a Silver in this year’s competition which took place in March.

Over 10,000 students from more than 700 schools worldwide took part in this year’s competition held in March and she was in the 10% of students who were awarded Silver. This is a great achievement.

The British Biology Olympiad 2022 comprised two 45-minute papers. Resham sat them back-to-back on the same day. The first paper contained many questions about all aspects of biology. The second paper contained longer problem-solving questions. Candidates are normally presented with unfamiliar ideas and topics, and she would have had to use complex problem-solving skills and intuition to answer some of the more challenging questions.

Resham was mentored and coached by Yaso Shan, a Biology tutor at Varndean. She says “as ever, the competition questions were incredibly challenging, testing students’ ability to carefully consider, analyse and evaluate general scientific principles in addition to the depth and breadth of knowledge on all aspects of biology which candidates are asked to apply to complex problem-solving questions. It is a testament to Resham that she had the skills and intellectual acumen to meet these challenges under stringent time constraints in an exam setting. I congratulate her wholeheartedly for her resolve and aptitude”.

The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is an annual competition that challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their talent and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates. British Biology Olympiad 2022