Genius, 14, heading to university

A 14-year-old maths genius will become one of the country's youngest ever undergraduates this autumn when he enrols at university.

Wajih Ahmed will study for a degree in economics at the University of Southampton even though he will not be able to enjoy the delights of the students' union bar.

And he is assured of his place because he received A* A-level results in maths and further maths in addition to an A in chemistry last year, the Southern Daily Echo reported.

Wajih, from Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, was going to pick up AS results in physics and economics from Barton Peveril College in nearby Eastleigh and As are expected.

The teenager, who enjoys playing computer games and football and wants to be an actuary told the paper: "It's been my plan for a few years now to start university at 14. It's been a lot of hard work, but it's been worth it."

Wajih said he studies for two hours every day and said "university is definitely going to be harder".

His parents Usman, 46, and Saadia, 40, said they were very proud of their son.

Professor Debra Humphris, pro vice-chancellor education at the University of Southampton, said: "We are delighted to welcome Wajih to the University of Southampton together with all new and returning students and congratulate them all on their exams results.

"Like all undergraduates, Wajih will receive the highest levels of support, guidance and help throughout his degree and we hope he will enjoy his time at the University of Southampton."

Wajih's achievement is already under pressure from his 12-year-old brother Zohaib who got an A in A-level history at the age of nine and he wants to go to university too.