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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, Grant Tregonning Alumni profile - Grant Tregonning
9 November 2021

(Environmental Science BSc, 2015; Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments MSc, 2016)

The academic and professional staff were really supportive throughout my BSc, so I knew they would be great mentors to support me in my postgraduate studies. I developed a strong bond with them, my peers and the uni. It still feels like I am ‘coming home’ when I visit campus.


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!

Headshot of alumna Ella Haines-Kelvin Alumni profile - Ella Haines-Kelvin
8 March 2021

(Biomedical Sciences Bsc, 2020)

I work alongside research practitioners, research nurses and doctors in the Early Phase Oncology Trials Team, facilitating Phase I & II trials for new experimental cancer medicines often tested for the first time in humans for a wide variety of cancer types. Offering patients a lifeline with experimental treatments and knowing that our work will translate to widescale clinical benefits if the drug in question is a long-term success is very rewarding!

Headshot of alumna Miranda Burns Alumni profile - Miranda Burns
3 March 2021

(Drama BA, 2015)

I have loved radio since day dot. Whilst at Queen mary, I joined Quest as a new hobby; I started off with two shows a week and threw my all into them. In April 2018, after having covered with Rob Howard on and off for the last year, I was asked if I’d like to relocate to Brighton and launch a Capital there - obviously I said yes! 

Headshot of alumna Kia Abdullah Alumni profile - Kia Abdullah
22 May 2020

(Computer Science BSc, 2003)

After university, I worked in tech for three years, but my first love won out eventually. I took a 50% pay cut to take a writing role at Asian Woman magazine... since then I've started my own website, Atlas & Boots, and written for publications like The New York Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph, and published a novel with HarperCollins with the next one out in 2020. It’s certainly been an interesting journey!

Photo of alumna, Cathy Hayward, holding her debut novel, The Girl in the Maze, with two hands. The book is obscuring the bottom half of her face and she is standing in front of a dark green background which compliments the book cover. Alumni profile - Cathy Hayward
3 March 2022

(English and History BA, 1997)

I’ve always loved writing. Whether it was essays at university, the features when I was a journalist, or copywriting for PR, writing has always been the most enjoyable part of any work.



Alumni profile - Kerri Dixon-Jones
18 February 2021

(Law LLB, 2006)

Although Mental Health Law is a world away from the type of work I do now, that role was fundamental in teaching me about people and hard work and I am forever grateful for my manager Kate for her mentorship and friendship. It was the training Kate gave me that has made me successful in each role I have had since.

Headshot of Symron Kaur Student Story: Symron Kaur
31 March 2021

Symron is a first-year Psychology student at Queen Mary University of London. She grew up in east London and attended a state school. Symron was awarded the Annual Fund Scholarship this year and shared with us how alumni gifts have supported her. 

Headshot of alumnus, Oliver Davis Alumni profile - Oliver Davis
21 July 2020

(Film Studies MA, 2010; Politics BA, 2016;  Geography MA, 2017)

While I was still doing my masters, I got my job as the Regional Organiser here in Tower Hamlets. It was very much the contacts, the networks and the exposure that I gained through my degree that was all part of one direct line to where I am now. 

Headshot of the alum Lundi-Anne Alumni profile - Lundi Anne Omam Ngo Bibaa
16 April 2022

(Global Health Systems Theory and Policy MSc, 2017)

Be passionate about making a difference in Global Health. The wicked problems we see globally have solutions to them and consider yourself a part of what is needed to bring solutions to these problems.


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