Offbeat

By Mollie Mansfield


A 15-year-old boy is believed to have become Britain’s youngest graduate – leaving university with a FIRST in maths.

Yasha Asley, from Leicester, graduated from the University of Leicester on Tuesday, 11 July, becoming the UK’s youngest graduate.

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The graduate has been studying his course since he was only 12-years-old and fast-tracked straight to university after finishing year 6 at primary school, when he was 10.

Despite only turning 15 last month, Yasha has graduated from the University with a first-class honours BSc degree in mathematics.

During his time at University, Yasha was hired as their youngest ever paid-employee, running mathematics tutorials for adults at 13-years-old.

Yasha said: “At first I was quite nervous and also quite excited, it was a mixture of emotions but mostly happy.

“I walked across the stage and appreciated the cheers.

“At 15-years-old, I finished my degree course, when children of my age are doing their GCSEs, and I am grateful for the opportunity that was created for me.

“I will have great memories to look back on and I look forward to continuing my educated here at Leicester by embarking on a PhD in Mathematics in September.

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“Right from my primary school days I wanted to start my university educated early.

“I love absolutely everything about mathematics!”

The child genius was the first child in the world to achieve an A grade in maths A level where he scored 100 per cent and 99 per cent in two of the six papers, aged just 8.

He then continued to pass additional A levels in maths and statistics by the time he reached 10.

Yasha’s father, Moussa, who was in the audience at the ceremony, said: “I am so proud of him – I have waited years for this day, I always knew he could do it!”

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Yasha claims that, despite his age, he has always been treated amazingly by staff and students throughout his time at the University.

Professor Jeremy Levesley, who taught Yasha, said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with Yasha over the last three years.

“He has integrated really well with the other students, and if I had not known he was younger I would not have guessed.

“He has proven to be one of the best students we have ever had here, so it is great that he is staying with us to do a PhD.

“I think he is a great bloke, and will go on to do really interesting things.”

Yasha is set to start his PhD in Mathematics in September and aspires to become a research mathematician at the University.