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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.

MSc Physician Associate Studies alumni Rooben Nithiananthan Alumni profile - Rooben Nithiananthan
31 January 2022

(Physician Associate Studies MSc, 2020)

The beauty of being a Physician Associate is that we can rotate amongst specialities throughout our career, providing us with the ability to grasp new practical skills and knowledge from a vast range of specialties.

 

Headshot of alumnus, Simon Nader. He is smiling and wearing a grey t-shirt. The photo is a studio style shot with a black background. Alumni profile - Simon Nader
28 February 2023

(English and Drama BA, 2000)

To this day, when speaking to my students I use Lois Weaver’s slogan, “if they don’t get it, that’s ok”, which is an absolute cornerstone of the way I approach work – and I’m very thankful for that. 

 

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

(Law LLB, 2003)

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 alumna Abeera Mohammad Alumni profile - Abeera Mohammad
1 June 2021

(Mathematics and Statistics BSc, 2016) 

I find it amazing knowing that I have helped make an impact to bring a treatment to patients who have so little options out there. Making treatments available quickly can literally be the difference of life and death for someone, especially in the oncology (cancer) space, so it can be a motivator when you are doing the analysis to ensure it is delivered quickly and to a high quality.

 

Headshot of alumna, Laila El azhary Alumni profile - Laila El azhary
9 February 2021

(Documentary Practice MA, 2020)

There are a lot of things I learned while making this film. I got to understand some of the struggles that Kurdish people face. I got to learn about their history which is not something we are taught in schools. I also learnt about the frequent misrepresentation of them as a community.

Maria Volunteering in Peru Student Story: Maria Vittoria
3 February 2021

"My name is Maria and I grew up in Rome, Italy. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University and now studying Medicine at Barts and The London. I’m a recipient of the Scholarship for Excellence funded by our alumni. I want to share how the generous award supported by student journey."

Headshot of alumna, Megan Roberts Alumni profile - Megan Roberts
15 December 2020

(Human Geography BA, 2016)

Queen Mary gave me the starter skills for community engagement that I still use every day – it introduced me to different communities that are incredibly like the ones I engage with today, and it gave me the confidence to understand what a community wants, and what they need.

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

(English BA, 2018)

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 Sarah Persov Alumni profile - Sarah Persov
21 December 2021

(Computer Science BSc, 2019)

Being a female backend Software Engineer can sometimes be daunting. However, as the world progresses, so does tech, and I’ve had incredibly wholesome discussions with non-female people who are very passionate about making the industry more welcoming, as well as them calling out people who have had unconscious bias. 

 

Headshot of alumna, Roxy Baker Alumni profile - Roxy Baker
26 January 2021

(History BA, 2016)

In challenging times such as the one we are living through, being able to connect with people is vital. A historical understanding of the Holocaust reminds us of the importance of this, and what types of events could happen and what types of humans we could be if we choose division and radicalism over tolerance, and homogeneity over diversity. 

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