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Our graduates have gone on to do a variety of interesting and exciting things throughout their careers and beyond. Our blog shines a spotlight on the voices of our alumni and friends and on the transformative effect gifts of time and donations from alumni have had on our students and the wider University.

Headshot of student Sara Omar Student profile - Sara Omar blog
20 November 2020

As part of our Islamophobia Awareness Month campaign, we interviewed Sara Omar, Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Diaspora Speaks.

Headshot of alumnus Charles Knowles Alumni profile - Charles Knowles blog
20 November 2020

The hat I have worn the longest is being a surgeon, followed by my research hat... The other hats I now wear are as a semi-professional musician. I have also been recruited as the lead for colorectal at the new Cleveland Clinic London which will be opening next year behind Buckingham Palace.

Jannat-Ul-Ferdous Student Story: Jannat-Ul-Ferdous Chomon blog
19 November 2020

Jannat is a History student at Queen Mary University of London and a recipient of the Sally Sainsbury History Scholarship. This award is supported by the late Ms Sally Sainsbury, BA History 1962, who kindly left the University a gift in her Will to support History students. Jannat told us what this award means to her. 

Omar Hassan at Grounded Cafe, Queen Mary Student Story: Omar Hassan Abdi blog
18 November 2020

Omar is a final-year BSc Computer Science student. He’s from Stratford, east London and is the first in his family to go to university. Omar comes from a single-parent household which is why he was hoping to attend a Russell Group university in London to further his prospects in life. When he found out he’d successfully secured a place to study at Queen Mary he was thrilled to begin his course.

Headshot of alumnus Nathan Benitez Alumni profile - Nathan Benitez blog
18 November 2020

I actually launched afoodible at Queen Mary during Freshers’ Fair and one of the reasons for this was the Green Mary campaign here and also the fact that it was during my first year of university and on campus that I was really struck with a vision for the direction I wanted afoodible to take... Afoodible allow users to better manage their food diary, to waste less food and to save more money.

Headshot of alumna, Alissa Timoshkina Alumni profile - Alissa Timoshkina blog
17 November 2020

The knowledge that I gained at Queen Mary is at the heart of what I do, even if it takes on so many different guises, from a PhD in Soviet Holocaust cinema to a podcast about motherhood and food. 

Headshot of student Sawdah Bhaimiya Student profile - Sawdah Bhaimiya blog
16 November 2020

As part of our Islamophobia Awareness Month campaign, we interviewed Sawdah Bhaimiya, Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Diaspora Speaks.

Headshot of alumnus Jamie Crummie Alumni profile - Jamie Crummie blog
13 November 2020

Too Good to Go was a very lean operation when we first started; we were bootstrapping and cutting costs at any opportunity but from the off we went all in, it was a full time career and we had the luxury of being able to support ourselves through very modest means. For example, my co-founder and I shared a bedroom in the early days!

Headshot of alumna Moneeka Thakur Alumni profile - Moneeka Thakur blog
11 November 2020

I feel like even in the discussion of diversity and inclusion, Muslim representation tends to be on the outskirts, which is a problem. What do you do when you’re on the periphery of the periphery? By engaging with texts from the Muslim community, Muslim writers are able to take control of their own narrative which readers are then able to explore.

headshot of Abukar Awes Student Story: Abukar Awes blog
11 November 2020

Abukar is an MSci Mathematical Sciences student. He is from the neighbouring borough Newham and is a keen board-games enthusiast. Abukar tells us how an alumni-funded bursary has improved his university experience.

Abukar Awes, Queen Mary and Westfield Alumni Bursary

Headshot of alumnus, Louis Gondy Alumni profile - Louis Gondy blog
10 November 2020

Every single environmental challenge in the world has repercussions and implications amongst all disciplines you can think of: politics, law, economics, engineering, biology, physics, etc. Being an Environmental scientist means that you ought to be a mediator amongst all those stakeholders while facing the most difficult world challenges known to mankind. 

Headshot of alumnus, Sheroy Zaq Alumni profile - Sheroy Zaq blog
9 November 2020

My work has the possibility to alter the life of someone who is far less fortunate than I am, to such an extent that it may well result in ensuring that they are not sent back to their persecutor. In my view, the notion of fulfilling a humanitarian purpose through my career is what excites me.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Imran Farooq Alumni profile - Dr Imran Farooq blog
6 November 2020

When I left Barts I had no research publications, but after nine years, I have published more than sixty research papers (with 30+ total impact factor) and book chapters that have acquired over six hundred citations... I was also the recipient of the IAU, College of Dentistry’s competitive “Best Researcher Award” in 2017.

Alumni profile - Hristian Markov blog
3 November 2020

We started discussing how most of the people at university were getting vacation schemes in large part because they had a friend who had already done one and gave them all the dos and don’ts. We thought that was rather unfair and started thinking about how we could level out the playing field. That's how we ended up creating Congrapps - the portal where you can access the successful applications and cover letters of the people who made it to your dream job! 

Mehnaz and her team presenting at BBC Student Futures: BBC Step Into Tech course blog
3 November 2020

"Back in September 2019 I received the good news of being selected for the BBC Step Into Tech course. Fast forward to June 2020, I have successfully completed the course thanks to the Annual Fund! Support from alumni financed this opportunity, which meant that I could complete this course with ease and without worry."

Mehnaz Ahmed, BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science

Headshot of alumna Zahra Nia Alumni profile - Zahra Arjomand Nia blog
1 November 2020

On my Instagram (@zniazniaznia) and my TikTok (ZahraScience), I’m passionate about producing “Clever Content” - content that will basically leave you a little smarter and more knowledgeable about our world... I make content on the science behind relatable topics in life such as dating, beauty and lots more. I really want others to see science as fun and relatable and not just a subject at school that you need to pass.

Headshot of alumna, Chipo Meke Alumni profile - Chipo Meke blog
29 October 2020

I learnt a lot about Los Angeles during the Urban Futures: Los Angeles and Las Vegas module. It was truly eye-opening understanding the history of blue vs white collar workers and also issues such as environmental racism – I had never heard of this before. This was very far removed from the glitz and glamour I had imagined in LA and it became a reality as our lecturer walked us through Skid Row.

Headshot of Queen Elizabeth Queen Mary alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 blog
29 October 2020

We are absolutely delighted to announce that eleven Queen Mary alumni were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list earlier this month. The honours recognise the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom and out of the 1,495 individuals recognised, our alumni shine bright.

Headshot of alumna, Mercy Muroki Alumni profile - Mercy Muroki blog
27 October 2020

In my role as Commissioner, I hope to be able to contribute to moving the dial on how we understand and tackle ethnic disparities. I believe Britain is the best place for people from ethnic minority groups, but I also believe we still have a lot of work to do until we tackle some of the unjustified socioeconomic disparities that still exist in society.

Headshot of alumna, Deanna Lyncook Alumni profile - Deanna Lyncook blog
22 October 2020

In the wake of the global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, I felt that it was important for my community to see themselves as more than just the victims of racism within society. I felt like I could uplift and educate with my podcast and that’s exactly what I set out to do.

Headshot of alumnus Courtney Wynter Alumni profile - Courtney Wynter blog
22 October 2020

I wish there was more emphasis on the importance of people from the Caribbean during the World Wars, as well as their experience in the UK following their migration during the Windrush era. While it’s important for students to learn about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., it’s also essential for them to be aware of the Civil Rights Movement here in the UK and events such as the Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963.

 

Headshot of alumna Efe Uwadiae Alumni profile - Efe Uwadiae blog
22 October 2020

I would like people to know more about Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who was the first black British actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. Bearing in mind the Oscars have been around for nearly one hundred years, the first Black British woman wasn’t nominated until 24 years ago, and that’s a very important disparity. This is because British people often conflate African-American and Black-British struggles, however when it comes to the arts we have to note the significant disparities between the two groups’ successes. 

Students presenting for 'Open Up' Project Student Futures: Barts and The London 'Open Up' Project blog
20 October 2020

The Annual Fund helped Sathyam Sharma, a third-year Dentistry student, carry out his project 'Open Up’' He told us about his project and how the generosity of alumni donations has made a difference to his university experience. 

Alumni Profile - Ololade Adesanya blog
20 October 2020

For me, intersectionality is about inclusion. It is how different aspects of diversity interplay to disadvantage or to advantage a person (advantage a person because we often forget that white is an ethnicity and male is a gender so we shouldn't be excluding them from conversations around inclusion). According to the theory, often times, people are not disadvantaged just because they fall within a specific diversity bucket but due to a combination of factors.

Read Ololade's original profile from June 2020.

Aditi Vaidya and her sister on top of Mt Everest Alumni profile - Aditi Vaidya blog
16 October 2020

We took a glance at the breath-taking view from the top [of Mt Everest] and we were filled with complete awe... As we returned to India, we came across the fact that we are the second sisters in the world to reach the summit which made our parents and everyone around us even prouder and happier.

Headshot of alumna, Ama Badu Alumni profile - Ama Badu blog
13 October 2020

I love to ask people when they first saw themselves in books. For many of us, it isn’t until university that we really see ourselves in literature in the curriculum... This is why I’m in children’s publishing, because even if only one child picks up a book I have championed, and sees themselves, their family and their community reflected in those pages, that is everything.

Headshot of alumna Jasneet Taak Alumni profile - Jasneet Taak blog
9 October 2020

Accelerate is a student-led outreach STEM initiative, primarily focusing on educating BAME students (although not limited to this demographic) who are pursuing STEM based degrees and related career paths. Our educational platform encompasses useful tips and advice, updating students on career opportunities and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow.

Headshot of alumnus, Gavin Lewis Alumni profile - Gavin Lewis blog
7 October 2020

I am now privileged – I wasn’t born with it, I earned it – but it doesn’t matter how you get it, if you have it, it’s my belief that it’s your responsibility to use it to lift up others ... For every challenging period where you’re having to work evenings and weekends and giving up family time, out of the blue you might just get an email that says “you made a difference to me” and “thank you” which makes it worthwhile.

Roshan Patel at BDSA Student Story: Roshan Patel blog
6 October 2020

“Hi, I’m Roshan Patel and I’m a dentistry student at Barts and The London. Both of my parents work for the NHS which inspired me to study Dentistry! I was awarded the Scholarship for Excellence last year funded by our kind alumni of the university.”

Headshot of alumnus Dr Harry Hothi Alumni profile - Dr Harry Hothi blog
5 October 2020

I’m now the Implant Science Fellow at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) where I lead the engineering research into understanding why knee, hip and spine implants fail. I’m also the Engineering Director of the London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC) which continues to have a particular focus on metal hip replacements. Outside of this, I’m also one of the co-founders of DiscoverPhDs!

Headshot of alumnus Kayode Adegbola Alumni profile - Kayode Adegbola blog
2 October 2020

I spent a couple of years practicing at my family legacy law firm, and then joined the public sector – I was the second employee at the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, a $70m job creation fund established by the Lagos State Government... I also made an attempt at elective politics in 2018, and I might try again in the future.

Headshot of alumnus Mat Robathan Alumni profile - Mat Robathan blog
30 September 2020

We caught up with alumnus and newly elected Students' Union VP Barts and The London, Mat Robathan (Global Public Health BSc, 2019): "I will spend my year in office fighting for, defending and modernising the BL identity... Part of this will involve increasing representation within our curricula, practices and staff so everyone feels represented and welcome within Barts and The London."

Headshot of alumnus, Neil Shah Alumni profile - Neil Shah blog
29 September 2020

I’m most proud of contributing to the development of people I have worked with and seeing them succeed, the brands I have been part of growing, and the deep connections I’ve been able to make all over the world as a result of working at a multinational company like Diageo. 

Headshot of alumnus Abdullah Alharoun Alumni profile - Abdullah Alharoun blog
28 September 2020

I realised that going back home and giving back to my community by applying my multidisciplinary education and international exposure, would be the more meaningful career choice. At that time in Kuwait a new slate of legislative reforms were taking place including the laws regulating competition, securities, direct investment as well as new companies’ law. 

Headshot of alumna Claire Meadows Alumni profile - Claire Meadows blog
25 September 2020

My career path began quite logically but has taken a few plot twists in recent years!... After over twenty-seven years in teaching, the time came to take a career break, so I fulfilled a lifelong ambition and became a full-time martial arts instructor.

Headshot of alumnus, Bilal Khan Alumni profile - Bilal Khan blog
24 September 2020

Studying politics at Queen Mary gave me the opportunity to further research and understand how politics influences economic decision-making, and further piqued my career interests of becoming a political figure.

Amelia Elamradi on Mile End Campus Student Story: Amelia Elamradi blog
23 September 2020

Amelia is a BSc Biology Student at Queen Mary University of London and she is the first in her family to go to university. Amelia is a recipient of the Annual Fund Scholarship and she told us how alumni support made a difference to her university experience.

Amelia Elamradi, Queen Mary Annual Fund Scholarship 2019-2022

Headshot of alumnus, Gabriel Krauze Alumni profile - Gabriel Krauze blog
21 September 2020

Booker Prize long-listed author and English alumnus, Gabriel Krauze, discusses the themes of morality, beauty and trauma in his debut novel, Who They Was, the challenges of being labelled a “gangster” in the media, and how his passion for literature made him realise he needed to do something constructive with his life.

Headshot of alumna Pareemala Mauree #TogethernessThursdays blog post - Pareemala Mauree blog
20 September 2020

Today's #TogethernessThursdays blog post features alumna Pareemala Mauree (Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM, 2019) and her plight to raise awareness of how the Covid-19 pandemic and recent ecological disasters are threatening her home country of Mauritius. 

Headshot of alumnus Paul Clements Alumni profile - Paul Clements blog
19 September 2020

To be in the newsroom at the time an era-defining story breaks is exhilarating; I was there for the credit crunch, the expenses scandal... I was even thinking about putting my coat on and going home for the night when, in January, Harry and Meghan announced they were quitting the royal family (we pretty much tore up the next day's newspaper on the spot). 

Headshot of alumna Shamima Akter Alumni profile - Shamima Akter (Part One) blog
15 September 2020

As part of Welcome Week 2020, we caught up with alumna and newly elected President of the Students' Union, Shamima Akter (Computer Science and Multimedia BSc, 2020): "One of my main aims this year is to be able to lead the union through a global pandemic. I think surviving this year and making sure we stay true to our values and who we are as an organisation is a massive priority."

Headshot of alumnus Konstantinos Bozas Alumni profile - Konstantinos Bozas blog
15 September 2020

I have now been working at Amazon for eight months... I am helping sellers actively find deficiencies in their products and then helping them to re-advertise their products in our marketplace... employees of Amazon are constantly encouraged to explore different opportunities within the company. Seeing as Amazon is so big, there is the option to move between different departments and job roles.

Headshot of alumnus Cameron Storey Alumni profile - Cameron Storey blog
14 September 2020

As part of Welcome Week 2020, we caught up with alumnus and newly elected Students' Union VP Humanities & Social Sciences, Cameron Storey (Economics and Politics BSc, 2020): "I think what I really hope to achieve this year is to really make the most of the fact that my role is entirely new. I have the opportunity to determine how the role will look for years to come and I really hope I can set the bar for the role going forward."

Headshot of alumna Tiana Dinard-Samuel Alumni profile - Tiana Dinard-Samuel blog
14 September 2020

As part of Welcome Week 2020, we caught up with alumna and newly elected Students' Union VP Communities, Tiana Dinard-Samuel (Film Studies and Hispanic Studies BA, 2020): "In this role I get to look out for the welfare of all of our communities and liberation groups such as BAME students, LGBT+ students, women students and international students and I’m so glad we have a role now dedicated to supporting them."

Headshot of alumnus Julian Robinson Alumni profile - Julian Robinson blog
12 September 2020

Most of the newer buildings on campus were completed whilst I was here either as Project Manager or Project Director... My first project was the Student Residences by the canal and the last thing was the big Student Village and the Medical College in Whitechapel. I am very proud of most of the projects I was involved with. The buildings I commissioned and oversaw were really quite significant and they won awards, thus lifting the whole kudos of Queen Mary.

Headshot of alumna Isabel Biggs in front of her bookcase. #TogethernessThursdays blog post - Isabel Biggs blog
10 September 2020

Alumna Isabel Biggs (English BA, 2019) created the blog post ‘The Post-It Plot: Micro-Journaling During Lockdown’, to help those suffering with mental ill health during lockdown. Isabel has kindly consented to us sharing her blog post in full.

Aisha Sesay on Queen Mary campus Student Story: Aisha Sesay blog
8 September 2020

Aisha is a BEng Chemical Engineering student at Queen Mary. She is the eldest of three siblings and first in her family to go to university. 

Aisha Sesay, Annual Fund Bursary recipient 2019-2022

Headshot of alumnus Dr Raja Awais Ali Alumni profile - Dr Raja Awais Ali blog
4 September 2020

My story is being rejected twice and then doing another degree and then finally getting in to study Dentistry. However, I then had to raise £36,000 to make my dream a reality... my story is testimony to anyone who has a vision or a goal – you can achieve it, you just have to put your mind to it and put yourself out there.

Headshot of alumna, Lucy Sofroniou Alumni profile - Lucy Sofroniou blog
1 September 2020

I started Queen Mary at such a pivotal moment in my life and it has become a place of so many great memories for me. It was such a positive experience, both academically and personally - I'll always look back on those three years so fondly.

Headshot of alumna Dr Daminda Attanayake Alumni profile - Dr Daminda Attanayake blog
28 August 2020

I have been the Team Physician to National Hockey and Netball teams and the Contingent Doctor for the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia. I am currently working as the Chief Medical Officer to the Sri Lanka Cricket team and as the medical representative to the International Cricket Council from Sri Lanka.

Headshot of alumna, Bekeme Masade-Olowola Alumni profile - Bekeme Masade-Olowola blog
25 August 2020

My work has put me in board and other leadership positions, including becoming the first West African on the board of the leading sustainability standard-setter, the Global Reporting Initiative, Amsterdam, and the Nigerian version of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Business Coalition for Sustainable Development Nigeria.

Weronika Martyna headshot Student Story: Weronika Martyna blog
25 August 2020

"My name is Weronika and I’m a second-year Dentistry student at Barts and The London. I’m so pleased to be awarded the Scholarship for Excellence this year funded by our generous alumni. Thank you for your support!"

Headshot of alumna Um-E-Aymen Babar Alumni profile - Um-E-Aymen Babar blog
21 August 2020

In regards to the fundraising campaign Um-E-Aymen Babar launched to financially support her MPhil at Cambridge: I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated and shared the link. Money should never be a barrier to education and this campaign has made me want to help other young people in a similar situation.

Headshot of alumnus Prajith Rakunathan Alumni profile - Prajith Rakunathan blog
19 August 2020

I remember when I was younger saying to my friends whilst playing several hours of Fifa and Halo on my Xbox that it would be so cool to work for the likes of a Microsoft. I look back now and that still hasn’t changed, technology is so engrained in our lives and being involved in a company that is on the bleeding edge keeps me on my toes. 

Headshot of alumnus Nizam Kabir Alumni profile - Nizam Kabir blog
14 August 2020

I work for one of the UK’s largest Health and Safety Distributors, Arco. I manage a team of 8 planners, responsible for maintaining the supply of health and safety products sourced from all over the world... working in supply chain is a constant battle for equilibrium. 

Headshot of alumna, Bryna Teli Alumni profile - Bryna Teli blog
11 August 2020

“I was looking for a course that would help me explore global markets and development of international business and was particularly interested in the world economy and the dynamics of development. I figured understanding this would go a long way in building my foundation of working abroad.” 

Uswah in Ground Cafe Student Story: Uswah Naseem blog
11 August 2020

Uswah is a BA Law and Politics student. She accepted a place to study at Queen Mary after obtaining A*, A* and B in her A-Levels (Politics, English Literature and Geography). Uswah is the eldest of three siblings and is the first in her family to go to university. 

Uswah Naseem, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2019-2022

Headshot of alumna Sonia Goodman Clearing alumni profile - Sonia Goodman blog
10 August 2020

I got my insurance university choice, but was adamant that I wanted to study in London. I was delighted to see that Queen Mary University of London was in the Clearing and Adjustment list... Dr Kirsteen Anderson invited me to the University for a friendly and informative conversation about the course. As I walked around the University, I immediately knew it was the right environment for me... my experience was truly unforgettable!

Headshot of alumnus Nabil Al-Kinani Alumni profile - Nabil Al-Kinani blog
9 August 2020

Just because you studied something, it doesn’t mean you have to conform to the limits of your degree. I studied biomedical sciences and I work in construction and property, and one of my biggest projects delivered is in literature (Authors of the Estate: Chalkhill Edition). Don’t limit yourself.

 

Headshot of alumna, Bismeh Shafi Alumni profile - Bismeh Shafi blog
5 August 2020

“The MA from Queen Mary has allowed me to segue into my field of interest. I am currently working at The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a Pakistan-based NGO that provides education to more than 250,000 under-privileged children across Pakistan.”

Kin Liu headshot Student Story: Kin Liu blog
28 July 2020

"I’m Kin Liu, a Medical student at Barts and The London. I’m the eldest of 3 siblings and the first in my family to go to University."

Kin Chang Liu, Annual Fund Scholarship for Excellence recipient 2019-20

Headshot of alumna Rose Vincent Alumni profile - Rosie Vincent blog
27 July 2020

"I love the balance that I have from my two jobs. Sometimes I will be sat at a desk and managing many tasks in the morning but then in the evening I will be jumping around as an animal and helping young people to have fun.”

Headshot of alumnus, Yashvardhan Rana Alumni profile - Yashvardhan Rana blog
23 July 2020

I have, and shall always maintain unconditionally, that my year as an LLM student at Queen Mary was easily one of the best years of my life. It gave me a lot more than just a degree. [...] Intellectually, it consistently challenged me to simultaneously learn and unlearn - amplifying my personal growth and helping me develop a broader view and perception of which I would previously not have considered myself capable.

Headshot of alumnus, Oliver Davis Alumni profile - Oliver Davis blog
21 July 2020

While I was still doing my masters, I got my job as the Regional Organiser here in Tower Hamlets. It was very much the contacts, the networks and the exposure that I gained through my degree that was all part of one direct line to where I am now. 

Headshot of alumna Lovena Kureemun Alumni profile - Lovena Kureemun blog
19 July 2020

Coming from an island in the Indian Ocean which is remote to many places around the world has made me become an explorer by nature. I always like to discover new things and new methods of doing things differently. The course at Queen Mary not only satisfied my passion for science and engineering but also my desire to explore new cultures as students all around the world enrol on this specific course. 

Headshot of alumnus, Anterleen Singh Alumni profile - Anterleen Singh blog
15 July 2020

Studying at Queen Mary really helped me develop and build my network with various people from different backgrounds. As well as deepening my knowledge of finance, it helped me to gain international exposure and interact with people belonging to different cultures, which really changed my perspective on life.

Headshot of alumna, Marissa Landy Alumni profile - Marissa Landy blog
14 July 2020

Being an actor is the most thrilling job imaginable. The fact that I get to travel around the world whilst always doing new projects is luxurious. It is a very tough and competitive environment but the moment you get into that rehearsal room or on stage, it all becomes worth it.

Aisha Sohail at Ground Cafe Student Story: Aisha Sohail blog
14 July 2020

Aisha is a BSc Computer Science and Management student. She accepted a place to study at Queen Mary University of London after obtaining 3As in her A Levels (Sociology, Politics and English Literature). Aisha is from the London Borough of Newham As the eldest of three siblings, she is the first in her family to go to university.

Aisha Sohail, Queen Mary Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2019-2022

Headshot of alumna Dinara Punchihewa Alumni profile - Dinara Punchihewa blog
13 July 2020

Inspired by the lives of the women and men around me, I began the ‘Punchi Actors’ initiative; a non-profit organisation that not only shares my passion with children who love acting, but also gives these children from different financial and social backgrounds the opportunity to build on, and follow their dreams.

Headshot of alumna Aniththa Ragunathan Alumni profile - Aniththa Ragunathan blog
8 July 2020

Amazon is full of opportunity - it is a great place to work and to learn something new every day. I have always used Amazon to purchase products but I never knew how it felt to actually be part of Amazon. After joining Amazon, I realised that there is a much bigger picture that shaped the way Amazon is now. From FC associates working hard to make customers happy to us recruiting great talents to work for Amazon - we are all working as part of a team and I love it.

Headshot of alumna, Roberta Rhyse Alumni profile - Roberta Rhyse blog
7 July 2020

Roberta Rhyse Kirosingh graduated from Queen Mary in 2019 with a bachelors degree in Politics and International Relations. She is the founder of The Simple Press and works as an Executive Westminster Manager for a Member of Parliament, as well as a Policy Researcher.

Headshot of alumna Mya Medina Alumni profile - Mya Medina blog
5 July 2020

After graduating, I tried a couple of different career paths, both in PR and journalism, but even then, I was tutoring after work or on weekends because I loved it so much. When I met Alex, Tutor House’s CEO and Founder, I was astounded by his commitment to making tutoring accessible to everyone (regardless of their financial situation).

Headshot of alumnus Hassan Shaigan Alumni profile - Hassan Shaigan blog
4 July 2020

The Professors of Arbitration at Queen Mary are globally well-known. Anyone who not only excels in his/her field but who is also brilliant at teaching and spreading knowledge is the perfect person to study from and Queen Mary had many of these said faculty members.

Headshot of alumnus Edmond Ng Alumni profile - Edmond Ng blog
1 July 2020

There is absolutely no justification to discriminate, verbally abuse or physically assault anyone due to their race, ethnic origin, or on any ground. Chinese and East Asians are as likely to be infected by Covid-19 as anyone else in the world. Racism spreads like a virus... Virus does not respect any border, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. I call on all communities to unite to spread our compassion and empathy rather than hate and division to defeat Covid-19.

Headshot of alumna, Olga Kravchenko Alumni profile - Olga Kravchenko blog
30 June 2020

Olga Kravchenko graduated with a degree in Drama from Queen Mary in 2016. She is now CEO of Musemio, a virtual reality app that connects children with content from museums around the world and seeks to turn them into museumgoers of the future.

Micheal Bridson on a Canoe Donor Story: Michael Bridson blog
30 June 2020

Michael Bridson is a Queen Mary alumnus. He studied BA History and graduated in 1956. He is now a retired Personnel manager living in Surrey. He told us about his time at Queen Mary and why he chose to support the Annual Fund

Headshot of alumnus Arzaam Bhatti Alumni profile - Arzaam Bhatti blog
28 June 2020

Home for me is Pakistan. However, the excellent alumni network, as well as the Queen Mary faculty, always makes their presence felt in every part of the world and I never feel far away from the institute. Once a Queen Mary alumnus always a Queen Mary alumnus!

Headshot of student Gemma Stokes Student Pride profile - Gemma Stokes blog
25 June 2020

Identifying as a queer, cisgender woman, Pride is essential to me in many ways. In my mind, Pride is more than just the annual march (although the parade is incredibly uplifting). I look to incorporate Pride into every aspect of my life and identity, in order to be more unashamedly myself and maybe even inspire others along the way.

Headshot of alumnus Lewis Corner Alumni profile - Lewis Corner blog
23 June 2020

Pride to me means having the freedom to live as your true self. Too many people are forced to conceal parts of their identity for fear of rejection or discrimination. We need to cultivate a society that embraces different identities from a young age, allowing people to grow up with confidence, security and an acceptance that difference is beautiful. 

Headshot of alumna Vicky Norton Alumni profile - Vicky Norton blog
22 June 2020

The key selling point for me was the modular system Queen Mary offered. That was quite rare back then, and it enabled me to take linguistics classes and also marketing classes. I loved learning more about the theory of language, and am very proud of that ‘with Linguistics’ in my degree!

Headshot of alumna Jade Tolley Alumni profile - Jade Tolley blog
21 June 2020

I get to work with a wide range of brilliant, hugely successful authors. I've had the privilege of working on Elton John’s autobiography, which has definitely been a career highlight... In ten years' time I’d definitely like to see myself in a senior role within publishing, with lots more experiences to draw from, and even more brilliant books to work on!

 

Headshot of alumnus Lewis Thomas Alumni Pride Profile - Lewis Thomas blog
16 June 2020

To me, Pride means unapologetic authenticity and visibility. The LGBTQ+ community is actually quite an elusive concept to describe as it encompasses so many different people with so many different experiences. But at its core, for me, the LGBTQ+ community represent unity in the face of adversity.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Mir Yasir Umair Alumni profile - Dr Mir Yasir Umair blog
12 June 2020

My wife and I were looking for a Masters opportunity to pursue together and we both felt that Queen Mary was the right place to continue onto postgraduate study... we had to adapt to studying in an alien place which was memorable in all aspects.

Headshot of student Hannah Cragg Student pride profile - Hannah Cragg blog
8 June 2020

To me, Pride is all about activism and celebrating who we are. It's really important, both as a historian but just as a member of the LGBT community as well, that the first Pride was a riot. We owe the rights we enjoy today thanks to trans women of colour. So amongst all the music and the rainbows and the parades, it's important to celebrate where we came from.

Headshot of alumna Angela Inwood Alumni profile - Angela Inwood blog
7 June 2020

I studied my degree as a mature student, so began with some trepidation... However, I soon bonded with the small English & History cohort, the majority of whom were also mature students and I really appreciated that we were supportive of each other. That said the young students were also great to be with, providing me with a different viewpoint. 

Dominic Morey Student Story: Dominic Morey blog
2 June 2020

Dominic is a 4th-year student studying Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He holds a First Class Honours in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and was awarded a Distinction in MSc Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology.

Dominic Morey, Medicine, Annual Fund Hardship Bursary recipient 2019-20

Headshot of alumna Raveesha Gupta Alumni profile - Raveesha Gupta blog
30 May 2020

Studying and living in a different country was a life changing experience. It teaches you to get along with people from different backgrounds and gives you a much broader perspective in life...  I love how culturally diverse Queen Mary is, I made friends from all around the world.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Rizwan Ullah Alumni profile - Dr Rizwan Ullah blog
27 May 2020

My time and study at Barts improved me not only from a scholarly point of view, but also helped me to utilise my experiences for the betterment of my students both here in Pakistan and abroad... I  found Barts' facilities, student support and London’s diverse cultural environment made adjusting as an international student very easy.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Ernest Odhiambo Alumni profile - Dr Ernest Odhiambo blog
25 May 2020

The pandemic has also spurred innovation in me. As I write this, I am in the middle of preparing for a presentation of a Ventilator which we have designed and made from scratch using local materials together with a team of 7 colleagues from the departments of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Nairobi.

The first five teaching staff at Westfield College in 1888 #TogethernessThursdays: Westfield College blog
23 May 2020

Queen Mary University of London merged with Westfield College in 1989. Westfield College, like Queen Mary, was founded to provide higher education for a community with less educational opportunities: women.

Headshot of alumna Kia Abdullah Alumni profile - Kia Abdullah blog
22 May 2020

After university, I worked in tech for three years, but my first love won out eventually. I took a 50% pay cut to take a writing role at Asian Woman magazine... since then I've started my own website, Atlas & Boots, and written for publications like The New York Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph, and published a novel with HarperCollins with the next one out in 2020. It’s certainly been an interesting journey!

Caroline Olabisi Student Story: Caroline Olabisi blog
17 May 2020

Caroline is a medical student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is the first in her family to study medicine. Caroline was awarded the Annual Fund Hardship Bursary thanks to the generosity of our alumni, to support her in her final year of study. 

Caroline Olabisi, Annual Fund Hardship Bursary recipient 2019-20

Headshot of alumnus Ray Canham Alumni profile - Ray Canham blog
15 May 2020

To a large degree, Queen Mary chose me. At the time (1961) admission to university degree programs was far from automatic; only 5% of high school graduates went on to study at universities. When the academic year began, I was delighted to find that the class size was small—14 students; seven male and seven female—all of whom were very compatible despite differences in age and experience.

Headshot of alumna Sabrine Shaw Alumni profile - Sabrine Shaw blog
13 May 2020

With my love for all things media paired with my passion for story-telling and interviewing, I decided to create my own podcast - Shaw Me Your Way. Having grown up in Dubai and continued my education in London, I knew I could create a diverse platform of people who are happy to share their journeys into their businesses, artistry, careers and more.

Headshot of alumna Neha Patel Alumni profile - Neha Patel blog
12 May 2020

I am the co-founder of Your999 Limited, an app/platform launched in 2015 for the general public to use in all sorts of emergencies. For example, in response to the global fight against coronavirus, we have put together a resource that people around the world can use to find the most up to date information.

Headshot of alumna Shivani Reddy Alumni profile - Shivani Reddy blog
10 May 2020

At Fairtrade, I worked on a wide range of issues (fairer prices for banana farmers; public-private partnerships; gender equality in agricultural supply chains; Sustainable Development Goals; modern slavery; post-Brexit trade policy…). After almost four years, I decided that I wanted to see if I could make an impact on people’s lives from inside a large company so I moved to Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP).

President and Principal Colin Bailey A special message from Queen Mary's President and Principal to our alumni blog
7 May 2020

Professor Colin Bailey CBE, President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London, addresses our global alumni community about the University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Colin's video to alumni

London Auxiliary Fire Service on Queen Mary College’s campus during World War 2 #TogethernessThursdays: WW2 blog
6 May 2020

This #TogethernessThursday we thought we’d remind you of how the University community has worked together in the past and continued to function even in extraordinary circumstances.

jesse grainger 2.0 Student Story: Jesse Grainger blog
6 May 2020

Jesse Grainger is completing a Joint Honours programme in BA Hispanic Studies and Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He lives in Tower Hamlets and is the first in his family to go to university. He told us how support from our kind alumni made a difference to his studies. 

Jesse Grainger, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2019

Class of 2020 - Welcome to our Global Alumni Community! blog
2 May 2020

Did you know that your Queen Mary journey doesn’t end when you graduate? We, the Alumni Engagement Team, are here to help you maintain a lifelong connection to your University and to each other. Once you graduate, you automatically become part of our global network of almost 180,000 alumni based in over 160 countries around the world.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Nilesh R. Parmar Alumni profile - Dr Nilesh R. Parmar blog
30 April 2020

Dr Nilesh R. Parmar is one of a few dentists in the UK to have a degree from all three London Dental Schools: "about 80% of my work is implant dentistry. One thing I love about implants is if you lose your front tooth, I can replace it in such a way that nobody would ever know it isn’t real, even if they get really close to you."

Headshot of alumna Corinna Boldini Alumni profile - Corinna Bordoli blog
25 April 2020

As CEO of your own company you learn every day. This is certainly the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur... Another rewarding aspect is that of building long lasting and like-minded connections and partnerships. I see creativity as a social phenomenon where other people's ideas, especially when different, enrich you and help you create. 

Architectural design for The People's Palace #TogethernessThursdays: The People's Palace blog
21 April 2020

The history of Queen Mary University of London and the legacy of its predecessor institutions contain many examples of communities coming together to support each other. Queen Mary's Archives team shines a light on one such example: The People's Palace.

Headshot of alumna Emma Hedington Alumni profile - Emma Hedington blog
17 April 2020

I hadn’t necessarily considered the publishing industry as a career path whilst at university, and I wasn’t particularly aware of academic publishing, but I’ve been in this industry ever since... I’ve worked my way up at various companies... I’m pretty sure all my friends are bored of me talking about working with NASA now!

Sadad Mahir 2 Student Story: Sadad Mahir blog
8 April 2020

Sadad is a BSc Accounting and Management student. He accepted a place to study at Queen Mary after obtaining A, A and B in his A Levels (Economics, History and, Government and Politics). Sadad is a former care leaver and lives in Newham.

Sadad Mahir, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2019

Headshot of alumna Zsofi Szemerédy Alumni profile - Zsófi Szemerédy blog
6 April 2020

I didn’t speak English particularly well when I came here... Queen Mary has given me the language skills and the courage to be confident in my everyday working life... My undergraduate studies were all about building foundations, pretty solid ones at that, to move forward and be able to follow my dreams. My degree truly opened up the world.

Headshot of alumnus Raymond Poon Alumni profile - Raymond Poon blog
2 April 2020

During my first year of University, I attended the University of London Officers’ Training Corps (ULOTC) and underwent military training. I got to see HMS Bulwark and a Royal Marine Landing Craft, which gave me an appreciation of the type of work engineers do to aid the UK’s naval warfare force. I never expected to end up in the defence industry, but I guess my experience in the ULOTC gave me the kick for it.

Headshot of alumna Fizza Ali Alumni profile - Fizza Ali blog
26 March 2020

I am currently working as a corporate legal trainee lawyer for commercial and transactional practice in one of the biggest and renowned law firms in Pakistan. In the nearby future, I look forward to playing an active role in enhancing the quality and standard of legal practice in Pakistan!

Headshot of former student Sami Sidhom The Sami Sidhom Award blog
25 March 2020

Sami Sidhom was a BA (Hons) History student at Queen Mary University of London and aspired to become a lawyer after completing his education. He was only in his first year, when he tragically passed away, at the age of 18.

Headshot of alumna Marissa Joseph Alumni profile - Marrisa Joseph blog
20 March 2020

When my work was commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan it was a touching moment. Much of my research is framed around understanding what the Macmillan brothers did back in the nineteenth century. Now I have become a Macmillan author, I feel like I have joined an illustrious club!

Headshot of alumna Diana Akanho Alumni profile - Diana Akanho blog
9 March 2020

I am a Committee Member for Women in Data UK. The vision of the organisation is to create gender parity within STEM subjects through presentations and talks. We like to talk about how ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ and to make women realise that there are women working in certain roles and careers that they may have thought were previously off limit to them. I will always act as an advocate for gender parity where possible so as to make a pathway for women in certain careers. 

Headshot of alumna Dr Hannah Thompson Alumni profile - Dr Hannah Thompson blog
6 March 2020

Being named on BioBeat’s annual 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness report, a report which highlights the trailblazers and trendsetters shaping the future of the UK life sciences sector, was such a lovely achievement which recognised my role in working with patients and oncologists to help develop CCG.ai’s artificial intelligence platform for treatment monitoring of cancer... As for my future career, I look forward to a wide range of opportunities with the healthcare, environment and people sectors, helping to grow businesses and make a difference to the world.

Headshot of alumna Jaspreet Kaur Alumni profile - Jaspreet Kaur, aka Behind the Netra blog
2 March 2020

Since 2015, I have been performing my spoken word on stages across the UK, aiming to tackle issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, the postcolonial immigrant experience, taboo issues within the South Asian community and much more. I have met lots of inspirational women from a range of different industries and backgrounds. This network of inspirational women is continuing to grow and we all support and guide one another.

Headshot of alumna Julie Fleck Alumni profile - Julie Fleck blog
27 February 2020

The work that I did to make London 2012 ‘the most accessible Olympic and Paralympic Games ever’ has definitely been the highlight of my career. The policies and planning guidance I had written for the London Plan were applied to the planning proposals for the Olympic venues and parkland so that all the designers were obliged to consider the needs of disabled people from the very beginning of the design process.

Headshot of alumnus Pedram Kordrostami Alumni profile - Dr Pedram Kordrostami blog
23 February 2020

I am currently working as a junior doctor in one of London’s hospitals. I am also the founder of AfterDrink which is a supplement designed to support alcohol-related health and co-founder of a canned water company promoting a sustainable alternative to plastic bottles. I spend the time I have off from work growing these businesses with support from friends and family.

Headshot of alumnis Dr Milad Shadrooh, aka The Singing Dentist Alumni profile - Dr Milad Shadrooh, aka The Singing Dentist blog
19 February 2020

My nurse got in touch with our local press and they came and did a piece on me, which then triggered The Metro, BBC news and ITV London news to feature me...Two weeks later Good Morning Britain asked me to cover a dental story...I’ve now done This Morning like 3 or 4 times, Good Morning Britain 3 times and Sky News.

Headshot of alumna Shamim Ara Alumni profile - Shamim Ara Chowdhury blog
17 February 2020

For the past four and a half years I’ve been living in Istanbul and working as a foreign correspondent for the Turkish English-language news channel, TRT World. During this time I have reported from all over Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Some of the stories I’ve covered include the 2017 Rohingya refugee crisis from inside the camps in southern Bangladesh; the Syrian war, both from inside Syria and from the Turkish border; the fight against ISIS in Iraq; the rise of communal violence in Sri Lanka; Donald Trump’s first tour of Asia; the French yellow-vest protests, (when I got tear-gassed on the Champs Elysees!); The 2019 Spanish elections; the siege of Marawi by ISIS in the Philippines and much, much more.

Selfie of Gulnoor and Matt Jones Qupid Love Story - Matt & Gulnoor Jones blog
14 February 2020

In their own words, married alumnus and alumna Matt and Gulnoor Jones narrate their love story, telling their audience how they have "essentially grown up together" and "moulded into separate complementary halves of a whole."

Photo of alumni couple Joy and Barry Hall Qupid Love Story - Joy Hall & Barry Hall blog
12 February 2020

In their own words, alumna Joy Hall and alumnus Barry Hall narrate their love story, telling their audience how "over thirty years after we first met we were married with our three daughters as bridesmaids. Next year we will celebrate our silver wedding anniversary."

Headshot of alumna Karen Chilver Alumni profile - Karen Chilver blog
10 February 2020

I would encourage current and future graduates to consider nursing as a career. It’s seen as low status and poorly paid, but we really need well-educated, compassionate nurses who can make a real difference. My life would be much poorer without nursing. People say “how can you do that, it must be so depressing”, but it’s the opposite. It has given me so much.

Headshot of alumnus Marcus Chown Alumni profile - Marcus Chown blog
10 February 2020

I have stroked bats (they purred) behind the scenes on channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. I have given a talk in a glass-bottomed boat in a shark tank at Brighton sea life centre. I have been on a train through the Australian outback on a book tour and I have been chased off of BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends by legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker, who didn’t like me mentioning the term “big bang”...

Alumnus Alex Berill proposing to alumna Jade Harvey Qupid Love Story - Jade Harvey and Alex Berrill blog
10 February 2020

In her own words, alumna Jade Harvey narrates the love story of herself and her fiancé and soon to be husband, Alex Berrill. The happy couple are due to get married July 25, 2020 at a remote mountain lodge in BC, Canada where they now live.

Graduation photo of alumna Katherine Tinoco Reyes Qupid Love Story - Katherine Tinoco Reyes & Andreas Beckwith blog
10 February 2020

In his own words, alumnus Andreas Beckwith shares his alumni love story and how despite not meeting his wife and fellow alumna at Queen Mary, the University did play a role in their relationship, to the extent that their baby daughter will "no doubt be encouraged to continue the family tradition and study at Queen Mary at some point in the future!"   

Headshot of alumna Dr Lochana Nanayakkara Alumni profile - Dr Lochana Nanayakkara blog
5 February 2020

After completing specialty training, I came back to Barts as a Consultant and I have been here for the last sixteen years. I know every single person in this building really well and they know me, so being President of our dental alumni felt like it would be such an honour. It is also the first time we have had a Director of Dental Education for BartsHealth, so this is an exciting opportunity for me to raise the profile of the amazing education that goes on in the Dental Hospital.

Headshot of student Adiba Khan Future alumna mini profile - Adiba Khan blog
3 February 2020

Following the publication of alumnus Navjot Sawhney's profile, humanitarian engineer and co-founder of The Washing Machine Project, we caught up with current BEng Biomedical Engineering student and part-time Design Engineer for Nav's project, Adiba Khan. Stay tuned for part two of Adiba's profile once she has graduated!

Headshot of alumnus Navjot Sawhney Alumni Profile - Navjot Sawhney blog
31 January 2020

The humanitarian engineer who co-founded The Washing Machine Project, a social enterprise dedicated to designing and distributing a manual hand-cranked washing machine to displaced and low-income people around the world. "Engineers around the world have the power and responsibility to bring about change; small scale inventions will truly transform the lives of people in need."

Headshot of alumna Winsome Yuen Alumni profile - Winsome Yuen blog
27 January 2020

Former intern for, and now full-time Software Engineer at, Spotify - "By the time graduation was round the corner I had already contributed in improving the premium pages user interface to increase conversion rate and I was working on the worldwide free 3-month trial campaign across all of Spotify Premium plans." 

Headshot of Zeeshan Nazar at work at BT Alumni profile - Zeeshan Nazar blog
23 January 2020

I am living proof that BAME individuals can go anywhere they want – we just need to go into recruitment and career processes with the right mind-set and be willing to adapt and overcome. I can now recognise that the setbacks along my journey to my current role as a Commercial Management Graduate for BT, were in fact setups. They enabled me to build a resilient and impenetrable mind-set. 

Queen Mary Staff at the Annual Fund Bake Sale A Gift For The Future blog
22 January 2020

We would like to thank everyone for showing their support for our A Gift ForThe Future campaign. From buying mouth-watering, home-baked goodies to spinning the wheel at Winter Graduation, staff and students have successfully raised £283 for the Annual Fund - thank you! 

Headshot of alumnus William Sung Alumni profile - William Sung blog
21 January 2020

Today I am a Professional Executive and Business Coach and CEO of my own company Wilosophy, however, I also have nearly twenty years' worth of experience working with HSBC - at one stage as a General Manager I had 9000 people reporting to me!

Headshot of alumna Leila Alamadadi Alumni profile - Leila Alimadadi blog
17 January 2020

Within my first six months working at Queen Mary, I was lucky enough to go on a few big trips, including a two week trip to South East Asia. I had the opportunity to go to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia – I went to all of the capital cities... being thrown in at the deep end has given me the confidence to know that I can go anywhere and do these kind of events by myself.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Simon Fleming Alumni profile - Dr Simon Fleming blog
13 January 2020

I was a medical student during the 7/7 bombings and I was at the Royal London when the major incident was declared and all of the patients started coming in. That day confirmed that I wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon; I saw the way the ‘pods that day were cool, calm and collected whilst fixing people and making decisions... I also lead the internationally renowned anti-bullying, undermining and harassment campaign known as #HammerItOut.

Headshot of Dena Al Thani Alumni profile - Dr. Dena Al Thani blog
10 January 2020

Designing technology to change people's lives is fascinating. The pleasure of doing applied research is that you can see the impact of your work quite fast. I am currently leading a number of research projects in the field of assistive technology and accessibility. These projects serve two groups of users: the blind, and children with an autism spectrum disorder.

Headshot of alumnus Jorge Da Cruz Alumni profile - Jorge Figueiredo Da Cruz blog
7 January 2020

In the context of moving abroad to work in Thailand, I believe Queen Mary prepared me to work in an unfamiliar environment with different people from different backgrounds. Due to its highly multicultural nature, Queen Mary taught me to embrace differences and to use them productively and efficiently at work. For example, I have led regional projects in Asia with teams from different countries and consolidated each team’s perspective on a particular issue.

Students at the telephone campaign training weekend Telephone Campaign 2019 blog
18 December 2019

This November, we had our ninth Telephone Campaign. We are thrilled to announce that our campaign was a huge success thanks to our incredibly generous alumni!

Headshot of alumna Zlatina Jekova Alumni Profile - Zlatina Jekova, aka La Elegantia blog
18 December 2019

Through my blog, I want to show my audience all the incredible places around the world that I travel to, but because I am just as interested in fashion, I always take a lot of different outfits with me to expand my audience’s perspective on fashion too.

Headshot of alumnus Moj Taylor Alumni profile - Moj Taylor blog
13 December 2019

The main transferable skill I took away from my University experience was emotional intelligence: understanding and interacting with diversity of culture, religion, gender and creative ideas – not everyone is going to agree with you and that’s fine. I also liked being thrust into an environment where everything is questioned and where you were supported from day one to experiment with the person you wanted to be – personally and professionally. 

Headshot of alumna Elena Baldwin Alumni profile - Elena Baldwin blog
9 December 2019

There's a patient at the end of my supply chain and it’s about them and the people that I work with to make it happen which makes my job so worthwhile. Knowing that I have made and can make a difference to someone else’s life is a great achievement. 

Headshot of alumnus Hal Dubuisson Alumni profile - Hal Dubuisson blog
6 December 2019

It feels amazing to have developed a product that has the potential to help doctors and paramedics save people’s lives – I really like the fact that design can have such a positive impact. My aim is to carry on innovating in emergency and trauma design.

Headshot of alumna Helen Buckley Alumni profile - Helen Buckley blog
3 December 2019

One of the scariest things as an author is knowing that people will read your work and critique it, so to have such positive feedback on my debut novel Star in the Shadows, feels really overwhelming. As an author, I am able to completely immerse myself in my character’s lives. As I write, I feel like I’m there with them.

 

Headshot of alumna Ruth Mensah Alumni profile - Ruth Mensah blog
28 November 2019

I wanted to experience working within the Higher Education sector and as I had such a positive experience whilst studying at Queen Mary, I thought it would be a great next step to enhance my career development by working within the Careers and Enterprise department in the programme team!

Headshot of alumna Mina Leung Alumni profile - Mina Leung blog
25 November 2019

I’m a dentist but I work with people with additional needs, for example, anxious patients, housebound patients and people with special needs like autism and learning difficulties. Also marginalised communities like homeless people and travelling communities.

Headshot of alumnus David Pakozdi Alumni profile - David Pakozdi blog
22 November 2019

I am from Budapest, Hungary, and I knew I wanted to work in an industry related to economics early on. London, as a location to study, seemed a natural choice because of its worldwide reputation as the ultimate financial capital of Europe and one of the most important global hubs. I also liked that despite being in London, Queen Mary has a proper campus with plenty of green spaces nearby.

Co-founders of Miniver Theatre Alumni profile - Miniver Theatre Company blog
20 November 2019

"It all started when we took a show up to the Fringe with QMTC, we really enjoyed all aspects of the show, from the creation of the piece to the final performances. We decided this was something we wanted to continue beyond Queen Mary, once we had both graduated. So the two of us decided to set up our own company so we could continue making theatre independently."

Headshot of alumna Shola Lee in New York Alumni profile - Shola Lee blog
15 November 2019

My friend and I established our own online publication called The Simple Press in 2018; it is an independent outlet that makes everyone’s voice heard. We have a team of incredible writers, each with a unique voice and viewpoint, who we help to find new leads and article opportunities and offer guidance where possible. 

Headshot of alumnus Peter Halprin Alumni profile - Peter Halprin blog
11 November 2019

In my primary role, I am a Partner in the New York office of Pasich LLP. My Grandmother and my Grandfather were both lawyers and had their own legal practice together; my Father is a retired Judge and my Sister is a prosecutor in Boston so I guess you could say that there is something in our blood!

Telescope in Queen Mary's observatory Winning space competition entries for 'An evening with astronaut Michael Foale' blog
8 November 2019

On Wednesday the 6th of November, as part of Queen Mary’s new Public Lecture series, former NASA astronaut Michael Foale, veteran of six space missions and survivor of the worst crash in spaceflight history, was invited to share his stories at the Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute. The Alumni Engagement Team ran a competition to offer complimentary tickets to our alumni.

Photo of alumni couple Leandro & Sofia outside Queens' Building Joint Alumni Profile - Leandro & Sofia blog
5 November 2019

We met when we were 17 and we had always wanted to study abroad together. When we achieved a scholarship to study here, our dream came true. Overall Queen Mary, the University and its location, offered us the full package.

Headshot of alumna Niva Thiruchelvam Alumni profile - Niva Thiruchelvam blog
1 November 2019

As a civil servant for HM Treasury, it's really motivating to work on issues knowing that the solution can have a positive impact on millions of people’s lives - I'm currently working on tackling climate change!

Headshot of alumnus Jack Baldan Alumni profile - Jack Baldan blog
28 October 2019

I got to interview former White House staff as part of my masters, which was based on the re-election of Bill Clinton in 1996. My professor Mark White encouraged me to not be afraid to reach out to people at that kind of level.

Headshot of alumna Zoe Rutland Alumni profile - Zoë Rutland blog
25 October 2019

So much goes into the planning and laying out of a book that seeing it all come together beyond what you expected makes agonizing over the tiny details worth it ... the first book I worked on was advertised on the underground for a Christmas campaign and it was a really cool feeling to see it on my commute!

Alumnus Barry Lui Alumni profile - Barry Lui blog
21 October 2019

As a QMentor, being a part of the crucial transition for graduates who have just come out of university is highly appealing to me, especially as I can distinctly remember how scary it is taking the leap into the world of work. I’ve been there and I started in this exact same University.

Headshot of alumna Kajal Kumar Alumni profile - Kajal Kumar blog
18 October 2019

The field of economics is male dominated and it becomes more so as you progress to higher levels, but the profession is trying hard to attract more women. I hope that the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences which was given to a woman, inspires other women to enter the profession like I have. 

Lecture theatre holding the SPiCE conference Student Futures: Barts and The London SPiCE conference blog
15 October 2019

Your very generous donations enabled a group of Barts and The London students, to hold their very own on-campus conference. A grant of £2,000 from the Annual Fund helped us put together a day of presentations to over 50 delegates – it was a very successful day thanks to your support!

Headshot of alumna Angelica Hill Alumni profile - Angelica Hill blog
11 October 2019

I feel privileged to be working at one of the world’s greatest newspapers at a time of unprecedented turmoil and political challenge. It excites me to be in what feels like the epicentre of breaking news and great minds. The beauty of working in Product Management is that there really isn’t a typical day.

Headshot of alumnus Filotas-Georgios Niarchos Alumni profile - Filotas-Georgios Niarchos blog
2 October 2019

Queen Mary helps you discover new opportunities and take a deeper look at a great variety of jobs that I, personally, could never have imagined were possible in my hometown. Not only my studies, but also the entrepreneurial environment at Queen Mary, gave me the opportunity and motivation to begin my own companies. 

Alumna Isabel Overton Alumni profile - Isabel Overton blog
27 September 2019

The town I grew up in and the school I went to really lacked diversity, so coming to Queen Mary and experiencing real multiculturalism and inclusivity was such a positive experience for me. Exposure to different ethnicities and religions helped me build my awareness and become a better person.

Mile End Canal Rahul Krishna - My tribute to London, my second home. blog
24 September 2019

A poem by our alumnus Rahul Krishna about his experience of living and studying in London. Rahul did his Masters in Law in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Alumnus Elliott Daley in theatre costume Alumni profile - Elliott Ajai-Ajagbe Daley blog
20 September 2019

As a freelancer, I can commit to a project, give it my all as I know it can't last forever, and I have to get what I can while giving all I am to the finite experience. I've travelled around the world and directed theatre in forests in Portugal, villages in Africa and schools and theatres around the world performing at the V&A, TedX and the Olympics.

SMD Students Donor Story: Liz Green blog
15 September 2019

Liz graduated in the late 90s but remains close with Barts and The London and decided to give back to the University in one of our telephone campaigns. She kindly shared many memories of her time here and why she supports today’s students.

Elizabeth Green, Pathology with Basic Medical Sciences, 1997

Headshot of alumni donor Andrew Popperwell Donor story: Andrew Popperwell blog
15 August 2019

Andy graduated in the 1970s but remains very close with Queen Mary and has been giving back to the University since our first ever telephone fundraising campaign! He kindly shared many memories of his time here and why he supports today’s students.

Andrew Popperwell, BSc Physics, 1974

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Tasqeen Ahmed blog
1 August 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019, who graduated last week from Queen Mary University of London. To round off our graduation campaign, we spoke to School of Biological and Chemical Sciences / School of Medicine and Dentistry alumna Tasqeen Ahmed, who has some fantastic advice for graduates, considering a career in the Civil Service.

Tasqeen Ahmed, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Campaign for Science and Engineering
(Cancer and Molecular Pathology and Genomics MSc, 2016)

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Weicheng Hung blog
26 July 2019

As Graduation week draws to a close, we spoke with School of Economics and Finance Alumnus, Weicheng Hung who discussed his career journey since graduating from Queen Mary in 2016 and also focusses on his Masters in Banking for those graduating this year, who are considering Postgraduate study.

Weicheng Hung, Associate, Mizuho
(Banking MSc, 2016)

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Emma Black blog
25 July 2019

In celebration of today’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) Graduation ceremony, we spoke to alumna Emma Black, who graduated 3 years ago with a BSc in Biology. Emma talks about her experience on the graduate scheme at EY and offers some helpful advice to this year’s graduates.

Emma Black, FS Assurance Audit Senior, EY
(BSc Biology, 2016)

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Anum Ahmed blog
24 July 2019

We were lucky enough to talk with School of English and Drama alumna, Anum Ahmed, 5 years after her own graduation and find out where her degree has taken her and also collect some valuable tips for 2019 Graduates to take on-board. 

Anum Ahmed, Senior LGBT Policy Officer, Government Equalities Office
(English BA, 2014)

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Trisha Mason blog
22 July 2019

Ahead of today’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Graduation ceremony, we spoke to Queen Mary alumna, Trisha Mason, who a year ago attended her own graduation. Trisha explains how her time at Queen Mary helped on her rapid journey into the corporate world and has some advice for this year’s graduates.

Trisha Mason, VIP Relations Executive, Informa
(French with Business Management BA, 2018)

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Paul Loveridge blog
21 July 2019

In support of those graduating this week,  we spoke to active Alumni Volunteer, Paul Loveridge, 20 years after he graduated from Queen Mary with a Law Degree. Paul provides insight into his career journey since 1999 and some tips for those graduating in 2019.

Paul Loveridge, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC
(Law LLB, 1999)

Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Cassio Mosse blog
17 July 2019

We spoke to Cassio Mosse, Alumni Ambassador for Brazil, about how his time at Queen Mary University of London helped him forge a career as an Intellectual Property, Fashion and Social Media Lawyer.

Cassio Mosse, Partner, MOSSE IP, Fashion and Social Media Law
(Intellectual Property Law LLM, 2015)

Student story: Meklt Abura blog
15 July 2019

Meklt is a Human Geography student. She accepted a place to study at Queen Mary after successfully completing her A Levels in Geography, Economics and Maths.

Meklt Abura, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2018

International Women in Engineering Day 2019: Helen Hagos blog
27 June 2019

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day on Sunday 23 June 2019, we spoke to alumnae who are now working in the Engineering field.

Helen Hagos
(Mechanical Engineering MEng, 2011)

International Women in Engineering Day 2019: Sandya Abrar blog
23 June 2019

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day on Sunday 23 June 2019, we spoke to alumnae who are now working in the Engineering field.

Sandya Abrar
(Sustainable Energy Engineering BEng, 2013)

International Women in Engineering Day 2019: Zakiyyah Auchoybur blog
23 June 2019

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day on Sunday 23 June 2019, we spoke to alumnae who are now working in the Engineering field.

Zakiyyah Auchoybur
(Biomedical Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng, 2018)

International Women in Engineering Day 2019: Dr Yun Li blog
23 June 2019

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day on Sunday 23 June 2019, we spoke to alumnae who are now working in the Engineering field.

Dr Yun Li
(Electronic Engineering PhD, 2016)

Student story: Sameeha Goni blog
15 June 2019

Sameeha is a Geography and Business Management student at Queen Mary. She grew up in East London. 

Sameeha Goni, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2018

Student story: Bheatriz Elsas blog
15 May 2019

Bheatriz is a third-year medical student at Barts and The London. She is the youngest of six siblings and the first in her family to go to university outside of her native country. 

Bheatriz Elsas, Hardship Bursary recipient 2018

Student story: Tara Frazer blog
15 April 2019

Tara is a first-year History student at Queen Mary and is one of this year’s Sally Sainsbury History Scholarship recipients.

Tara Frazer, Sally Sainsbury History Scholarship recipient 2018

Donor and student recipient story: Priya Patel blog
15 March 2019

Priya Patel is a recent Queen Mary graduate. She completed her mathematics degree in 2017 and began working at J. P Morgan shortly after.

Priya Patel, Graduation Hardship Fund recipient 2017

Student story: Hamzah Azam blog
15 February 2019

Hamzah is a BEng Chemical Engineering student at QMUL. He accepted his place to study after completing in A levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. He grew up in East London with three of his siblings.

Hamzah Azam, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2018

Expeditions Fund story: Natasha Wilding blog
15 January 2019

The Annual Fund helped Natasha travel to Bangladesh during 2018 summer to carry out healthcare research and volunteer with Selfless Charity.

Natasha Wilding, Medical student

Telephone Campaign 2018 blog
15 December 2018

This November, our wonderful team of student callers got in touch with our alumni for our eighth telephone fundraising campaign.

Donor story: Rosemary Rayner blog
2 November 2018

Dr Rayner is a Barts and The London alumna. She studied Medicine at the Royal London Hospital Medical College and graduated in 1981. She is now a retired paediatrician.

Rosemary Rayner, The London Hospital Medical College, Class of 1981

Student story: Kanesha Edwards blog
15 September 2018

Kanesha is a BSc Psychology student at Queen Mary University of London. She is from Hackney, East London and is the first in her family to go to University.

Kanesha Edwards, Queen Mary & Westfield Alumni Bursary recipient 2017

Student story: Sajid Ahmed blog
15 August 2018

Sajid is a BSc Economics, Statistics and Mathematics student. He accepted a place to study at QMUL after obtaining A*, A* and B in his A Levels (Maths, Further Maths and Economics). Sajid is from Newham and as the eldest of four siblings is the first in his family to go to university.

Sajid Ahmed, Annual Fund Scholarship recipient 2017

Student story: Ali Bahaci blog
5 June 2018

Ali is a BSc Biochemistry student. He is the first in his family to attend university.

Ali Bahaci, Queen Mary & Westfield Alumni Bursary recipient 2017

Student story: Ahsan Bashar blog
19 April 2018

Ahsan is a BSc Pure Mathematics student. He accepted a place to study at QMUL after obtaining A*, A and B in his A levels (Maths, Further Maths and Geography). Ahsan is from Newham and as the eldest of his siblings is the first in his family to go to University. 

Ahsan Bashar, Annual Fund Bursary 2017

Scholarships for Excellence blog
21 November 2017

Our alumni provided 20 Scholarships for Excellence. These were awarded to students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry for high attainment and academic merit. Gemma and Eduardo, are two recipients of this award; read on to find out how your support helped them.

Student story: Nazeefah blog
12 July 2017

Nazeefah is a BSc Psychology student in Queen Mary University of London. She is the first in her family to go to University.

Nazeefah, Annual Fund bursary recipient

Student Story: Jessica Daly blog
18 April 2017

Jessica Daly is a History student in Queen Mary University of London. She lives in Bow, East London.

Jessica Daly, Annual Fund Bursary recipient

Papia Kabir on Queen Mary Campus Student story: Papia Kabir blog
29 March 2017

Papia Kabir is a History and Politics student. She is originally from the East End and attended Central Foundation Girls School in Bow. She studied History, Geography, Sociology and Psychology for A-levels and achieved 3 As and a B.

Papia Kabir, History Scholarship recipient 2016-2019

Donor story: Oyedola Osilaja, BSc Economics blog
10 March 2017

Dola completed his Economics degree in 2014 and is already giving back to help other student at Queen Mary. We asked him why he decided to makea a gift to the University in his Will.
Oyedola Osilaja, BSc Economics, Class of 2014

Student story: Kevin Gurung blog
22 February 2017

Kevin is a Medicine student at Barts and The London. He is originally from Nepal but moved to Reading, aged ten, with his parents and brother.

Kevin Gurung, Annual Fund Scholarship for Excellence recipient

Student Futures story: Liam Fallon, BEng Mechanical Engineering blog
7 February 2017

QMUL work experience led to a job in New York for Liam Fallon

"My name is Liam and I am pleased to say I am now a Queen Mary University of London graduate, having graduated last summer. I come from South Africa originally but grew up in the UK so it is London I mostly call home. I live with my mother who lectures English and my sister who studies in London."

Student Story: Jake Webber blog
26 January 2017

Hi all, I’m Jake Webber and I’m a third-year student studying Theoretical Physics. I come from Suffolk originally and now live just outside of Enfield with my family.

Jake Webber, Annual Fund recipient

Student story: Georgina Smart blog
1 December 2016

"I’m Georgina, a Medicine student at Barts and The London and I’m also a mum."
Georgina Smart, Barts and The London Harship Bursary recipient

QMUL Observatory blog
22 November 2016

During the Annual Fund Telephone Campaign in 2013, our generous alumni helped support the School of Physics and Astronomy purchase a high-quality telescope to benefit QMUL Astrophysics students, staff, local school groups and astronomy societies.

Student story: Angelo Ruggiero blog
7 November 2016

My name is Angelo Ruggiero and I've just started my final year in Economics and Business. I’m from a small Italian town called Vallo della Lucania but when I was twelve my parents decided to move to London with me, my twin brother and younger brother.

Angelo Ruggerio, Annual Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement 

Benedicta headshot Student story: Benedicta Sarfo-Adu blog
28 October 2016

Benedicta studied Medicine and medical education in Barts and the London. She is from East London and was born in Ghana.

Benedicta Nadia Sarfo-Adu, Barts and The London Annual Fund Hardship Bursary recipient

headshot of Oliwia Wasik Student story: Oliwia Wasik blog
14 October 2016

My name is Oliwia and I’m a third-year International Relations student. I’m really proud to have the chance to speak to you all as you also studied here. You and I probably share similar experiences of student life. I wonder if you remember your time here as I do?

Oliwia Wasik, QMUL Annual Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Performance

Student story: Mohzma Hussain blog
30 September 2016

Mohzma is a Medicine student in Barts and The London. She is from Burnley, she is the oldest amongst her siblings and the first to go to University.

Mohzma Hussain, Barts and The London Annual Fund Hardship Bursary recipient