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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 Ray Canham Alumni profile - Ray Canham
15 May 2020

(Zoology BSc, 1964)

To a large degree, Queen Mary chose me. At the time (1961) admission to university degree programs was far from automatic; only 5% of high school graduates went on to study at universities. When the academic year began, I was delighted to find that the class size was small—14 students; seven male and seven female—all of whom were very compatible despite differences in age and experience.

SMD Students Donor Story: Liz Green
15 September 2019

Elizabeth Green, Pathology with Basic Medical Sciences, 1997

Liz graduated in the late 90s but remains close with Barts and The London and decided to give back to the University in one of our telephone campaigns. She kindly shared many memories of her time here and why she supports today’s students.


Headshot of alumni donor Andrew Popperwell Donor story: Andrew Popperwell
15 August 2019

Andrew Popperwell, BSc Physics, 1974

Andy graduated in the 1970s but remains very close with Queen Mary and has been giving back to the University since our first ever telephone fundraising campaign! He kindly shared many memories of his time here and why he supports today’s students.


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!

Headshot of alumna Raveesha Gupta Alumni profile - Raveesha Gupta
30 May 2020

(Intellectual Property Law LLM, 2015)

Studying and living in a different country was a life changing experience. It teaches you to get along with people from different backgrounds and gives you a much broader perspective in life...  I love how culturally diverse Queen Mary is, I made friends from all around the world.

Headshot of alumna Sabrine Shaw Alumni profile - Sabrine Shaw
13 May 2020

(English and Drama BA, 2018)

With my love for all things media paired with my passion for story-telling and interviewing, I decided to create my own podcast - Shaw Me Your Way. Having grown up in Dubai and continued my education in London, I knew I could create a diverse platform of people who are happy to share their journeys into their businesses, artistry, careers and more.

Headshot of alumna Angela Inwood Alumni profile - Angela Inwood
7 June 2020

(English and History BA, 2000)

I studied my degree as a mature student, so began with some trepidation... However, I soon bonded with the small English & History cohort, the majority of whom were also mature students and I really appreciated that we were supportive of each other. That said the young students were also great to be with, providing me with a different viewpoint. 

Headshot of student Hannah Cragg Student pride profile - Hannah Cragg
8 June 2020

(History BA, 2022)

To me, Pride is all about activism and celebrating who we are. It's really important, both as a historian but just as a member of the LGBT community as well, that the first Pride was a riot. We owe the rights we enjoy today thanks to trans women of colour. So amongst all the music and the rainbows and the parades, it's important to celebrate where we came from.

Headshot of alumnus Dr Mir Yasir Umair Alumni profile - Dr Mir Yasir Umair
12 June 2020

(Wireless Networks MSc, 2009)

My wife and I were looking for a Masters opportunity to pursue together and we both felt that Queen Mary was the right place to continue onto postgraduate study... we had to adapt to studying in an alien place which was memorable in all aspects.

Headshot of alumnus Lewis Thomas Alumni Pride Profile - Lewis Thomas
16 June 2020

(Global Health BSc, 2019)

To me, Pride means unapologetic authenticity and visibility. The LGBTQ+ community is actually quite an elusive concept to describe as it encompasses so many different people with so many different experiences. But at its core, for me, the LGBTQ+ community represent unity in the face of adversity.

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