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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.

Alumni profile - Kelvin Wong
14 September 2021

(Law LLB, 2013)

Having served as the Malaysian alumni ambassador for the past 7 years, I have grown a passion for helping prospective students in understanding Queen Mary better and connecting alumni for career opportunities. I understand the importance of networking and I am dedicated to help my fellow alumni and students to network with each other.


Headshot of alumna, Annie Mirza Alumni profile - Annie Mirza
6 March 2023

(Comparative Literature and Linguistics BA, 2013) 

Open discussions and problem solving were essential on both courses, and without the comfort of a learning environment to get involved in discussions and figure out a problem, I’d feel anxious to take the lead. But I’ve done this at university before, so in a job, it feels less daunting.


Photo of Hani Garabyare - she is holding the neck of her black rollneck jumper around the edges of her face and the photo has been taken against a black backdrop. Alumni profile - Hani Garabyare
29 November 2022

(Public Policy MSc, 2010)

Hani Garabyare was a child refugee who became the first Somali-American woman ever to work in the United States Senate and the first of two Somali-American women to receive a White House political appointment. In her alumni profile, Hani shares the lessons she’s learned through her personal and professional experiences and her advice to anyone pursuing higher education.


Headshot of alumnus, Mitch Harris Alumni profile - Mitch Harris
23 February 2021

(Film Studies BA, 2014)

It’s astonishing to look at the contribution LGBTQ+ people have made throughout history, and to know that many of them have only been acknowledged in recent years. I think we need to continue to find and highlight those people that have made extraordinary contributions that enable us to live as we do today.

Headshot of alumna Phebian Odufuwa Alumni profile - Phebian Odufuwa
2 August 2021

(Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation MSc, 2019)

My main goal in life is to use my knowledge and expertise in botany and bioinformatics to create meaningful and impactful solutions for the climate/environmental challenges facing the human populace in contemporary times.



Royal guards marching outside Buckingham Palace Queen Mary alumni recognised in the New Year Honours List 2022
12 January 2022

Ten members of the Queen Mary alumni community have been named in the New Year Honours List 2022. The honours mark the achievements and service of remarkable people in public life across the UK and we are delighted that our former students stand among the individuals who have been recognised.

Headshot of alumna, Anum Ahmed, smiling at the camera South Asian Heritage Month story - Anum Ahmed (English BA, 2014)
16 August 2022

In this special blog post for South Asian Heritage Month, Policy Professional for the Department for Education, Anum Ahmed (English BA, 2014), reflects on her experience of her South Asian culture through visits with family in Lahore and Johannesburg as a child, and shares how she strives for diversity through her work, for example through amplifying the voices and experiences of young people from the Global South and Global North in the planning of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Headshot of alumna Karen Chilver Alumni profile - Karen Chilver
10 February 2020

(French BA, 1980)

I would encourage current and future graduates to consider nursing as a career. It’s seen as low status and poorly paid, but we really need well-educated, compassionate nurses who can make a real difference. My life would be much poorer without nursing. People say “how can you do that, it must be so depressing”, but it’s the opposite. It has given me so much.

Headshot of alumna, Harriet Reed Alumni profile - Harriet Reed
18 May 2021

(History BA, 2013)

I have always been passionate about history, museums and the past lives of objects. Working at the V&A has been a privilege, not only in terms of its collection, but to collaborate with colleagues equally as passionate about history and public engagement.


Headshot of alumna Ibilola Amao Alumni profile - Dr Ibilola Amao
12 March 2021

(Civil Engineering BSc, 1985)

My focus sectors are male-dominated ones such as the Energy, Power, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas Industries. I have challenged the perception that women cannot build successful careers in these male-dominated industries as CEO of my own business, and I mentor and empower future generations of women to do the same.

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