Meet the alumni
What fun is an alumni website without the opportunity to have a little nosy at what your former classmates are up to? Click on your decade to find out where everybody ended up.
If you can't find anybody you recognise, don't worry. We'll be adding new profiles with each edition of Aluminate, so watch this space!
Class of 1960-1969
‘We were part of the first cohort of trainees from the state system, so we first years were very different from the third year students. They were from the era of boarding school girls who became governesses, it was a completely different world from us.’
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'In my second year I was boarded out at Kirkstone Brow, the home of the Head Groundsman. I met his son and we married after I left College.'
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'I loved every minute of the three years I spent at Charlotte Mason and cried when I had to leave, they were the best three years of my life.'
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‘We had so much fun, even though there were all of these rules. You weren’t allowed to stay out after 10.30, but we did. You weren’t allowed to go to the Salutation, but we did. You couldn’t have men in your room. Well, we did!’
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Class of 1990-1999
Gareth Thomas, class of 1999 Media, since graduating Gareth has worked extremely hard developing his career in the media industry. His first job as a graduate was a runner on the TV show Hollyoaks where he has remained ever since and is now 1st Assistant Director!
His advice to anyone trying to make it in the media: “Be creative. Push boundaries. Try new ideas, you never know where it may lead”. You can follow Gareth’s career here.
Class of 2000-2009
David Sessford, class of 2004 Multimedia and Digital Animation, is a self employed SEO/Internet Marketer. After running a successful SEO website Rank Warrior with nine staff and clients worldwide, he now 'takes things a bit slower' and has the luxury of working when he likes looking out over the beach at South Shields, on his internet marketing websites such as Better Price Paid, one of the biggest national property buying companies in the UK. It sounds like David is doing very well for himself.
Sally Crangle, class of 2005, Media Production. Since graduating Sally has tried her hand at a few different careers but now she feels like she has found her true calling and is over the moon to have her very own column in city magazine Carlisle Living. Sally is very busy, she not only writes for the magazine, but is Assistant Manager of one of the prettiest shops in town, Monsoon and has her own lifestyle and personal style blog.
Rebecca Coleman, class of 2007, Coaching and Sport Performance. Since completing her degree at UoC Becky went on to do a PGCE and will graduate in November with an MA in Sports Coaching. She now works as a Programme Area Leader in Sport, managing the staff, students and courses in the department at her local College in Lancashire. She has certainly exceeded her ambitions, which on applying to UoC were just to be a PE Teacher.
Mike Walsh, class of 2009, Business Management. Mike now has a very successful career working for Rolls Royce as a Project Manager. “I work on supply chain projects to enable the company to increase production capacity to enable Rolls Royce to meet record demand for its new Trent XWB engine” and with his order book currently totalling 60 billion I think it is safe to say he is doing very well indeed.
Michelle Evans, class of 2009, Contemporary Applied Arts. Michelle came to the UoC with an ambition to become an Art Therapist, “my degree opened my mind to what I have the potential to achieve” and she has certainly achieved a lot since graduation.
A talented artist in her own right, she is now a qualified teacher, teaching art therapy techniques to pupils in a referral unit aged 15-16. She is also about to embark on an MA in Art and Design Education. “I am proud I can use my passion for art and can give something back to young people who are learning about life”. You can read more about Michelle’s work and see her portfolio here.
Clare Brockie, class of 2008, Media Production made her way back into the University of Cumbria family in 2013 after doing a PGCE at UCLAN. Now one of UoC's first cohort of graduate interns, Clare is working towards a career in Higher Education.
Class of 2010-2019
Grace Neal, class of 2012 Graphic Design, is now a Graphic Designer for ultra cool mountain biking magazine, Singletrack, as well as working on freelance projects. Grace also writes a blog where she posts regularly about her life as a Graphic Designer, do check it out.
Monwara Rahman, class of 2010, Primary Education. Monwara is a graduate of our London campus and is now just completing her third year of teaching. It has been her ambition since she was little to be a teacher and she now walks into the school that she loves working at everyday with a big smile on her face knowing that her class are doing really well.
Ian Floodgate, class of 2011 Performing Arts, is well on his way to fulfilling his career ambition of becoming a professional actor. Ian has now worked on 10 feature films, one of which is only a little ‘oscar winning’ movie called Les Miserables! Wow, go Ian! You can follow his career here on his IMDB page.
Pazy Iqbal, class of 2010 Media, after graduating with a UoC drama degree, Pazy has changed direction completely and he qualifies next year as a Learning Disability Nurse. His big ambition is to own a care home for people with learning disabilities, we have no doubt you will succeed Pazy!
Cameron Bunton, class of 2011, Film and Television Production, is now the Managing Editor of Todaysiphone.com a popular iOS fan blog. Combining his skills in online media and journalism from his degree with knowledge of mobile technology from previous retail positions, Cameron says ‘this is in every sense of the word my dream job, exactly what I had in mind for my career when I applied to the UoC in 2008.” It is great to hear about our graduates fulfilling their ambitions and working in jobs they love.
Diego Angulo Guzman, class of 2011, TESOL and ICT Semester Abroad alumnus. Our Alumni Association is made up of everyone who has studied at the UoC or one of our legacy institutions, you do not need to have ‘graduated’ as Diego proves.
Diego lived on the Lancaster campus for a term in 2011, describing his stay as ‘the best experience of my life’. He is still in touch with the flatmates he met here and would love to come back to Lancaster to meet up with them. Diego has now fulfilled his ambition and is an English teacher in his home town in Chile.
Rachael Walsh, class of 2012 (and 2013!) after graduating with her PE degree last year Rachael couldn’t stay away from the UoC student life and stayed on to do her Primary PGCE. She will graduate (again!) in November a newly qualified teacher with an ambition to one day be a PE subject leader.
Kimberley Barker, class of 2012 Joint Musical Theatre and Drama Performance, set up The Diamonette Showgirls who are a professional cabaret group, she is their Lead Vocalist. The group are doing fabulously well and have been signed by a production company with tours overseas and a summer season at the Blackpool Philharmonic Hotel. You can catch up with the Diamonette Showgirls and find tour dates on their Facebook page.
Ian Hooper, class of 2012, Primary Education. Since graduating last year Ian has already set up an incredibly successful and innovative business. GB Music Events offers ‘bespoke musical team building opportunities for corporate clients’ and even have an exclusive contract with world famous Abbey Road Studios in London to offer recording sessions.
Ian had 25 years professional experience as a musician before his degree and experience in teaching classes and choirs, now his formal education training is put to good use daily in a role he is so obviously very passionate about.
Sayed (Ali) Rawnaq, class of 2013 MBA in Leadership and Sustainability. Ali works as Business Alignment Project Lead for The First MicroFinanceBank in Afghanistan and is quickly working his way up to achieve his ambitions of being CEO of his own company after several promotions and merit certificates. Ali says his persistency in achievement is what gets him promoted and we have no doubt he will realise his ambitions in no time.
Rebecca Tan, class of 2008 Dance and Musical Theatre. You can now find Rebecca if you tune into Bid TV Shopping Channel where she works as a TV presenter and Expert. During her exciting career in TV Rebecca has presented at London Fashion Week and music and fashion interviews with the likes of Anna Wintour, Kelly Brook, Pixie Lott etc. In her free time she also writes a hugely popular fashion blog, The Cinnamon Slipper, which has created a lot of work opportunities and collaborations with other companies.
Emma Yates, class of 2012 Primary Education, now teaches a Reception class in a brand new, state of the art international baccalaureate school in Dubai, UAE. Not only does Emma work for an amazing school she has the added privileges of a tax free salary, an apartment in the city (paid for by the school) and the excellent opportunity to live and work in a beautiful and incredible city in the Middle East. Well done, Emma, your job sounds fantastic!
Iftikar Hussain, class of 2012 Business Management, runs MaJaan, a family Bengali Asian takeaway business in Carlisle, and is the Marketing Manager. Iftikar did not complete his degree, leaving instead to set up the business, but he maintains that what he learnt at Cumbria gave him the skills and knowledge to succeed in the business world. He believes that anyone can set out to achive what you want and all you need is a goal.
Alistair Cameron and Martyn Green, both class of 2013 Performing Arts, set up Busk or Bust, a European musical charity challenge in aid of Unicef. They set off with just their guitars in January 2014 to see how far they could get just from the money they earnt from busking and have raised nearly £1000 for Unicef already. They have a fantastic website and Facebook page to document their adventures and you can donate to the cause here.
Lives of consequence
We are extremely proud of all of our graduates, you have all gone on to have such interesting and diverse careers. Here is a little taster of some of our exceptional alumni...
Blue Peter and Country File presenter, Guinness World Record Holder and all action girl, Helen graduated from Cumbria College of Art and Design in 2004 with a first class degree in Journalism. In November 2011, Helen was awarded an honorary fellowship.
Read more about Helen.
Artist and winner of the Turner Prize in 2002, Keith Tyson completed his Art Foundation degree in 1990 at Cumbria College of Art and Design.
Movie, television and stage star, Bryan has starred with Russell Crowe and was the lead in the 2011 ITV drama Eric & Ernie. He graduated from Cumbria College of Art and Design with a degree in Performing Arts.
LA resident and Hollywood movie star Charlie studied Performing Arts at Cumbria College of Art and Design. He is best known for Channel 4’s Queer as Folk, Nicholas Nickleby and American TV series Sons of Anarchy.
Artist Tom, designs and makes wood grained ceramic and carved driftwood bowls, he featured in the BBC series ‘Next Big Thing’ and sells his designs through Liberty of London.
Sheila Fell (1931-1979)
Local artist, fascinated and inspired by the Cumbrian landscape. Member of the Royal Academy and has her work in the Tate’s collections. Sheila graduated from the Carlisle School of Art, then housed in Tullie House in 1949.
What are you up to now?
Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni.
Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition or just email us.