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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 Jade Tolley Alumni profile - Jade Tolley
21 June 2020

(English Literature and Linguistics BA, 2014)

I get to work with a wide range of brilliant, hugely successful authors. I've had the privilege of working on Elton John’s autobiography, which has definitely been a career highlight... In ten years' time I’d definitely like to see myself in a senior role within publishing, with lots more experiences to draw from, and even more brilliant books to work on!


Headshot of student Gemma Stokes Student Pride profile - Gemma Stokes
25 June 2020

(English BA, 2022)

Identifying as a queer, cisgender woman, Pride is essential to me in many ways. In my mind, Pride is more than just the annual march (although the parade is incredibly uplifting). I look to incorporate Pride into every aspect of my life and identity, in order to be more unashamedly myself and maybe even inspire others along the way.

Headshot of alumnus Lewis Corner Alumni profile - Lewis Corner
23 June 2020

(English and Drama BA, 2010)

Pride to me means having the freedom to live as your true self. Too many people are forced to conceal parts of their identity for fear of rejection or discrimination. We need to cultivate a society that embraces different identities from a young age, allowing people to grow up with confidence, security and an acceptance that difference is beautiful. 

Headshot of alumna Vicky Norton Alumni profile - Vicky Norton
22 June 2020

(European Studies (French and Linguistics) BA, 1993)

The key selling point for me was the modular system Queen Mary offered. That was quite rare back then, and it enabled me to take linguistics classes and also marketing classes. I loved learning more about the theory of language, and am very proud of that ‘with Linguistics’ in my degree!

Micheal Bridson on a Canoe Donor Story: Michael Bridson
30 June 2020

(History BA, 1956)

Michael Bridson is a Queen Mary alumnus. He studied BA History and graduated in 1956. He is now a retired Personnel manager living in Surrey. He told us about his time at Queen Mary and why he chose to support the Annual Fund

Headshot of alumnus Edmond Ng Alumni profile - Edmond Ng
1 July 2020

(Statistics BSc, 1991)

There is absolutely no justification to discriminate, verbally abuse or physically assault anyone due to their race, ethnic origin, or on any ground. Chinese and East Asians are as likely to be infected by Covid-19 as anyone else in the world. Racism spreads like a virus... Virus does not respect any border, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. I call on all communities to unite to spread our compassion and empathy rather than hate and division to defeat Covid-19.

Headshot of alumna Mya Medina Alumni profile - Mya Medina
5 July 2020

(English and Drama BA, 2014)

After graduating, I tried a couple of different career paths, both in PR and journalism, but even then, I was tutoring after work or on weekends because I loved it so much. When I met Alex, Tutor House’s CEO and Founder, I was astounded by his commitment to making tutoring accessible to everyone (regardless of their financial situation).

Headshot of alumna Dinara Punchihewa Alumni profile - Dinara Punchihewa
13 July 2020

(Drama BA, 2016)

Inspired by the lives of the women and men around me, I began the ‘Punchi Actors’ initiative; a non-profit organisation that not only shares my passion with children who love acting, but also gives these children from different financial and social backgrounds the opportunity to build on, and follow their dreams.

Headshot of alumnus, Anterleen Singh Alumni profile - Anterleen Singh
15 July 2020

(Corporate Finance MSc, 2019)

Studying at Queen Mary really helped me develop and build my network with various people from different backgrounds. As well as deepening my knowledge of finance, it helped me to gain international exposure and interact with people belonging to different cultures, which really changed my perspective on life.

Headshot of alumna Lovena Kureemun Alumni profile - Lovena Kureemun
19 July 2020

(International Science and Engineering Foundation Program FC, 2015)

Coming from an island in the Indian Ocean which is remote to many places around the world has made me become an explorer by nature. I always like to discover new things and new methods of doing things differently. The course at Queen Mary not only satisfied my passion for science and engineering but also my desire to explore new cultures as students all around the world enrol on this specific course. 

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