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Queen Mary Alumni


Montage of alumni voices on our blog. Featured are the Singing Dentist, aka Dr Milad Shadrooh, Dilani Selvanathan, Siti Kasim and Matt Kay.

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.

Dame Margaret Seward former student of Dentistry Alumni Remembered - Dame Margaret Seward
30 November 2021

An appreciation by Professor Paul Wright

Headshot of alumna, Maisie Hall Alumni profile - Maisie Hall
13 May 2021

(English BA, 2018)

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and are often misunderstood and misrepresented in society and the media. I really wanted to be part of a charity that was dedicated to helping everyone regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or background. 


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

(Film Studies BA, 2006; Film Studies MA, 2007)

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 alumna, Emily Rose Yates Alumni profile - Emily Rose Yates
30 November 2020

(English BA, 2013)

I love anything that’s quite investigative and explorative, and I’m lucky that anything to do with travel and accessibility, or current disability issues, is often exactly that. Wherever possible, I use my lived experience as a wheelchair user to add an authentic viewpoint to whatever I’m writing on.

Student on Laptop Supporting our students through the COVID-19 pandemic
7 December 2020

Amidst a second national lockdown in the UK, Queen Mary’s Development and Alumni Engagement Team launched the Queen Mary Emergency COVID-19 Fund, to ensure that regardless of what is going on around them, students have the support that they need to not only continue their studies but to thrive. 

A head and shoulders photo of alumna, Melissa Mahmud. She is wearing a grey long-sleeved top and is sat in front of an indoor brick wall and is smiling at the camera. Alumni profile - Melissa Mahmud
22 February 2022

(German and Linguistics BA, 2020)

People always ask me why I decided to study German, and being a South-Asian woman, there is a misconception that we tend to study science or business-related subjects. However, I want to demonstrate how this language can interest anyone, regardless of their background.



Headshot of alumnus Andy Kempchinsky Alumni profile - Andy Kempchinsky
1 September 2021

(Biomedical Engineering MSc, 2020).

I chose Queen Mary for the conversion programme, which allows people without backgrounds in engineering to integrate into the field. The horizons of my knowledge were expanded by my degree. 


Alumni profile - Yasmin Hoque
22 November 2021

(Law LLB, 2005)

As I got older, I felt that being in a profession was essential to provide a voice to minority groups and underrepresented members of society. However, I was the eldest and no one before me in our family had been to university



Headshot of alumna, Phoebe Cousins Alumni profile - Phoebe Cousins
18 January 2021

(History BA, 2016)

Queen Mary has shaped the way I think about the past, the future and my confidence in myself and what I can achieve through dedicating time, passion and knowledge to the things I’m truly interested in.

Alumni profile - Simon Gao
28 September 2021

(Management of Intellectual Property MSc, 2014)

I love my experience of living in London for study, mostly living in the campus. The residential services and resources were brilliant. I think it’s quite rare to be provided with this level of residential support among universities located in London. What surprised me, in a good and fun way, was the level of security against the fire. It’s understandable and highly appreciated.



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