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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.

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

(Statistics BSc, 1991)

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 alumnus Ray Canham Alumni profile - Ray Canham
15 May 2020

(Zoology BSc, 1964)

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, Deanna Lyncook Alumni profile - Deanna Lyncook
22 October 2020

(English and History BA, 2018)

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 Atif Awan Alumni profile - Atif Awan
17 March 2022

(Project Management MSc, 2008)

I was awarded a medal from the Prime Minister of the UK for my exceptional services at the London Olympics. I received another medal from the President of Pakistan for my extraordinary services while working with the United Nations and both achievements are the greatest honours of my life to date.




Headshot of alumna, Zara Stone Alumni profile - Zara Stone
24 November 2020

(English BA, 2006)

On any given day, I might be traveling to Silicon Valley to interview a humanoid A.I. robot, typing furiously on my laptop, testing out the latest virtual reality headset, or taste testing a $900 bite of lab-grown meat. My work is a mixture of interviewing, researching, writing and rewriting, with product testing, world travel, and drones thrown in. 

Alumni profile - Tolu Ojo-Williams
5 October 2021

(Law LLB, 2016)

In a world edging towards polarising extremes, recalling history is crucial to remind us of times past which mirror contemporary times, in order for the global community to avoid making the same errors as before. So, for me Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a society, celebrating the growth and freedom that has been claimed through that journey, and amplifying the voices of those who continue to win victories for us in their everyday lives. Black History Month is an intentional time to appreciate and educate each other. 



Headshot of alumna, Sadiqah Musa Alumni profile - Sadiqah Musa
12 October 2021

(Environmental Science BSc, 2005)

I am a co-founder of Black in Data. I work on data strategic projects and provide actionable insights that impact decision making to increase revenue. The data world is new, fresh, and young, which fuels my passion to see more people that look like me in the industry.


Headshot of alumna, Olivia Herlihy Alumni profile - Olivia Herlihy
8 February 2022

(English with Russian BA, 2003)

I joined the London Ambulance Service in 2007 after assisting with a medical emergency outside my home. I realised that a paramedic’s job and a broadcast journalist’s job had many similarities. Both professions had to be skilled at questioning people to find out exactly what happened, they were both fast paced jobs that involved highly emotional scenarios, and both involved being constantly out talking to people. I was good at looking after people and dealing with emergencies, which I hadn’t realised was a skill not all people have.


Class of 2020 - Welcome to our Global Alumni Community!
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, Gabriel Krauze Alumni profile - Gabriel Krauze
21 September 2020

(English BA, 2009)

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.

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