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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 Eva Zarkadoula Alumni profile - Eva Zarkadoula
14 April 2022

(Physics PhD, 2013)

We need to encourage everyone to follow fields that they love and especially encourage those whose dreams and desires are impeded by stereotypes. Regarding women in STEM, multiple studies have shown that diversity benefits research and innovation. 


Selfie-style photo of Naila Barrett. She is standing in front of a hedge and is smiling. Alumni profile - Naila Barrett
12 January 2023

(English with Creative Writing BA, 2021)

My writing has changed astronomically. I came to Queen Mary with a want, but not much of a way. I had no idea how to write academically, let alone critically to a university standard! I was definitely a blank canvas. The support of many fabulous lecturers is a testament to the writer and person I am now.


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.

Hussain Gondal head shot Student story - Hussain Gondal
15 September 2021

Hussain Gondal is an Accounting and Finance student at Queen Mary University of London. He accepted a place to study at QMUL after obtaining A*, A* and B in his A-Levels (Economics, Philosophy and Politics). He lives in east London and is the first in his family to go to university. Hussain is one of the recipients of the Annual Fund Scholarship supported by our alumni and friends of the university.

Headshot of alumna Drishti Masand Drishti Masand - Alumni Profile
9 May 2022

(Materials Science and Engineering BEng, 2018)

My logic was, if you can achieve sustainability with sportswear, you can achieve sustainability with the regular clothes that we wear as consumers. Within the sportswear world, this goal limited me down to a handful of companies and it just so happened to work out with Adidas, which is where I am now!


Graduation 2019: Alumni Profile - Tasqeen Ahmed
1 August 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019, who graduated last week from Queen Mary University of London. To round off our graduation campaign, we spoke to School of Biological and Chemical Sciences / School of Medicine and Dentistry alumna Tasqeen Ahmed, who has some fantastic advice for graduates, considering a career in the Civil Service.

Tasqeen Ahmed, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Campaign for Science and Engineering
(Cancer and Molecular Pathology and Genomics MSc, 2016)

Headshot of alumnus, Anis Islam Alumni profile - Anis Islam
4 August 2021

(Geography BA, 2018)

I had always wanted to study in London and Queen Mary had the most liberal course options which explored Geography from non-western perspectives. It is also the only Russell Group university in London with a campus and it had some of the best field trip options in the country.


Headshot of alumna, Rebecca Dooley Clearing alumni profile - Rebecca Dooley
29 July 2021

(History BA, 2013)

Clearing turned an awful situation on its head and provided me with a way to not be held back by missing my grades. I am so thankful Clearing was available as an option, and that it was such an easy process, given the stressful circumstances!



Headshot of alumna, Laura Mucklow, against a blue backdrop Alumni profile - Laura Mucklow
29 March 2022

(English BA, 2014)

Keep an eye out on how brands market themselves to you whilst you are at university and take note of what has the biggest impact on you. A wide range of degrees lend themselves to marketing, if you can research, creatively persuade, and measure.


Headshot of alumna Tasnuva Tabassum Tasnuva Tabassum – Alumni Profile
13 May 2022

(Materials Science and Engineering BEng, 2013)

I was headhunted by Apple to do a programme management role for iPad. I left after a year because it didn’t seem to be sustainable for the long term and took a chance and interviewed for my current role. Google is much more collaborative and this is an environment that I think I can thrive in.


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