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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 alumna, Kana Alam Alumni profile - Kana Alam
5 February 2021

(Environmental Science BSc, 2016)

I loved the people on my course – some of them have become my best friends and we are still in touch with one another. There was something really comforting and inspiring about being friends with people who care about the same stuff as you, and at the time, climate change wasn’t as mainstream as it is now. It also somehow seemed like Queen Mary just brought the nicest people together, and that made the whole experience so enjoyable.

Headshot of alumna, Heidi Cheng Alumni profile - Heidi Cheng
9 March 2021

(Applied Linguistics for English Teaching MA, 2018)

I grew up in a city that puts a lot of emphasis on English and where there is a great demand for English teachers. When I visited London for the first time as a tourist at 16, I was hosted by a local British family. Being able to be understood by native English speakers was such a cool feeling and it really fueled my interest in English learning and teaching further. 

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

(Mechanical Engineering PhD, 2003)

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.

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

(Law LLM , 2018)

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 alumnus Hassan Shaigan Alumni profile - Hassan Shaigan
4 July 2020

(Law LLM, 2017)

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 alumna Helen Buckley Alumni profile - Helen Buckley
3 December 2019

(Journalism and Contemporary History BA, 2007)

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.


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

(Dentistry BDS, 2022)

“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 alumna Rose Vincent Alumni profile - Rosie Vincent
27 July 2020

(Drama BA, 2017)

"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 alumna, Roberta Rhyse Alumni profile - Roberta Rhyse
7 July 2020

(Politics and International Relations BA, 2019) 

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 alumnus John Plas Alumni profile - John Plas
4 December 2020

(Advanced Periodontology Associate, 2001)

During my final year on my Periodontology Programme, there was an opportunity to be featured on Channel 4 National Television as part of their “Be your Own Doctor” Show. This episode of the show was about self-assessment of oral hygiene, self improvement in brushing and periodontal treatment planning. This episode was filmed at the Ground Level Clinic of Bart’s Dental Institute!

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