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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.

Headshot of alumnus, Matt Kay Alumni profile - Matt Kay
16 March 2021

(Film studies BA, 2011)

Under different circumstances, I would never have been able to go and see what an all-female sumo wrestling dojo in Japan looks like, but because I was making a film, I was able to spend time with these really inspirational, amazing women.

Alumni photo - Shayan Ashajei Alumni profile - Shayan Ashjaei
15 March 2021

(Physician Associate Studies Msc, 2019)

I graduated from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry back in 2019 as one of the first cohorts of Physician Associates, which are relatively new in the NHS.

Headshot of alumna Gurjeet Kahlon Alumni profile - Gurjeet Kahlon
19 March 2021

(Astrophysics Bsc|Msc, 2020|2022)

The journey to my degree was very difficult. I was never great at maths and had multiple maths teachers (all male) who told me I shouldn’t pursue physics as I wouldn’t be able to handle it. At the time, I was too timid to address it, but it wasn’t fair and I definitely wouldn’t stand for it now. I dealt with the discrimination I faced by proving my maths teachers wrong.

Nayomi graduation picture Alumni Donor profile - Nayomi Kasthuriarachchi
24 March 2021

(Statistics, Computing, Operational Research and Mathematics with Management Studies Bsc, 2001)

Nayomi Kasthuriarachchi graduated with a degree in Statistics, Computing, Operational Research and Mathematics with Management Studies from Queen Mary University of London in 2001. She is now self-employed and works part-time as a Financial Consultant. She told us about her time at Queen Mary and why she decided to support students during the Pandemic.

Headshot of alumnus, Marjan Nur Alumni profile - Marjan Nur
24 March 2021

(Environmental Science with Business Management Bsc, 2015)

London is the most amazing city I have ever been to. Because of the nature of my job and traveling being a passion of mine, my interest has taken me to 38 countries, and among them I have found, and still find, London the most vibrant, multicultural, and welcoming. No matter where you are from, you will be able to find the little version of your country in this city.


Alumni profile - Siti Kasim
23 March 2021

(Law LLB, 1995)

When I first came back to Malaysia in 2004, I had no idea about the existence of our indigenous people. This subject is not taught in our schools. No one talks about them. I joined the Human Rights Committee under the Bar Council in 2007 and that’s when I realised there are many human rights issues in Malaysia. I started visiting the villages of the Orang Asli, which is the word for the peninsula indigenous people, and I learnt about the issues, and I saw who they are.

Headshot of alumna, Costanza Casati Alumni profile - Costanza Casati
26 March 2021

(English and Film studies BA, 2017)

Characters are what matters the most when you’re writing a book. If you don’t understand your characters deeply, feel and care for them, then no one else will.

Headshot of alumna, Lauren Arch Alumni profile - Lauren Arch
29 March 2021

(History BA, 2017)

I saw a presenter workshop for my favourite online radio at the time and applied on a complete whim with zero radio experience. To my surprise, I got selected, and from there everything changed for me and I became dead set on working in radio full time.

Headshot of alumna Nada Issa Alumni profile - Nada Issa
1 April 2021

(Mechanical Engineering with Industrial experience MEng, 2014)

I am proud to be an engineer. I enjoyed studying engineering and I love working in the industry; I get a real sense of fulfillment from designing buildings that have a positive impact on both people’s lives and on the environment. 

Headshot of alumna, Katie Momber Alumni profile - Katie Momber
6 April 2021

(Geography BA(Hons), 2016)

The experience of studying in a new country was amazing, the friendships I made were particularly close, and Western Australia is breathtakingly beautiful; I don’t know that I would have had reason to go there if not for the exchange.

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