Our Amazing Alumni

Real life stories from our inspirational graduates

It’s true, our Alumni are amazing and we regularly catch up with graduates to find out what they have been up to since completing their studies with us.  Your stories are inspiring, whether you have only just started your career or you have made it to where you want to be, even if you have gone in a completely new and exciting direction we want to tell the world   

Want to get involved?  Contact the Alumni Relations and Development Team by email Alumni@uos.ac.uk or on 01473 338067.

Our Alumni Stories

I was classed as a ‘mature’ student so had many years of work experience under my belt in the hospitality and retail sectors ranging from junior to management positions. However, as I tried to pursue a career change into events, my lack of experience and depth of business knowle...

Walking along Ipswich Waterfront shortly after graduating, I noticed a quote by George Eliot in one of the university windows ‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’ Reading this made me quite emotional. As a mature student having spent the last 6 years studying p...

I’m originally from Bulgaria but it has always been a dream of mine to study abroad and begin a career in the UK. I have always wanted to specialise in the web development industry. Of course, a degree is important in this industry and enables you to choose what area you would lik...

Hello, I’m Jack. Let’s get straight to it: here’s why the University of Suffolk is the right place for you.   I had never been to Ipswich prior to earning a place at Suffolk. I graduated with a First-Class degree in History in 2014, and I haven’t looked back.  As an 18-yea...

I convinced myself that I needed to try something new at University.  I studied Film in college but had been put off by poor experiences.  I moved to Coventry University to study Events Management, only to realise I had made a huge mistake.  A friend of mine had recently joined U...

After taking a short break from education, I was keen to go to university & kick-start a career – I just needed to choose a course! The varied nature of the courses at University of Suffolk jumped out to me as I still wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to do once I graduat...

I chose to study Event and Leisure Management as I am an active person and wanted to study and have a career in something I am truly passionate about. The breadth of knowledge and experience I gained during my degree helped me enormously into deciding the industry I wanted to focus ...

Since June 2019 I have worked at St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, Essex as their first ever Corporate Fundraising Officer. The role was a brand new role, and having just finished University I knew it would be perfect for me. I live in Braintree, Essex, so it’s not far for me to c...

I liked the idea of doing a ‘degree on my doorstep’ and the fact that I could carry on living at home at the time, minimising the amount of student debt I would accumulate. I’d been a student at the Great Yarmouth campus when it was Great Yarmouth College and was happy with th...

After studying A-levels at Suffolk New College, university felt like a natural progression for me. I knew it would be the best route to achieving the qualifications and confidence I needed to pursue a full-time career. Many of my college friends were surprised that I had only applie...

When I look where I've come from and see where life is taking me, it has been one heck of a ride. At age 16, I moved into The Foyer (Supported accommodation for homeless young people) but managed to get through GCSEs and A-levels despite a chaotic lifestyle. I was even accepted to U...

I am hugely proud to call myself a UoS Alumni! I’m 26yrs old and founded my own charity, Project 21, after graduating from the BA (Hons) Special Education Needs & Disability Studies degree at UoS in 2018. As I progressed in to the final year of the course, I decided to write m...

In contrast to other universities I visited when making my choice of where to study, I felt lecturers at the University of Suffolk were more approachable, more involved with their students and generally available to respond to questions and offer support where needed. The class size...

When I started my Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology at UCS, I was excited about retraining as an Architectural Technologist, and using my skills to help other people improve their homes. I had completed a major house renovation before I moved to Suffolk, and I wanted to ...

I am extremely privileged to have completed an apprenticeship. This is something I would not have thought to say before starting, as I was set to study full time at university. However, I also wanted the ability to learn on the job too. Apprenticeships are a platform to show yoursel...

I set up a complementary health practice for my mother in 2013, with every intention to return to ‘my own thing’ once it had become established.  At the time, my own thing was in London within a company publishing live music magazines and hosting events.  Moving back to Suffol...

I’ve always learnt that to achieve greatness you must put yourself into a situation that challenges you, only then will you see your true qualities and determination and come out of the other end with a smile on your face and your head held high.  Even one year on from graduating...

After working for nearly ten years in Entertainment PR in London and moving to Manningtree, I decided to return to my first love of film and video and finish my degree. I’m a Londoner but it just wasn’t feasible to live and work in the city after the Olympics as everything had g...

Marnie graduated from the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Suffolk in 2017, and very quickly secured a role as a physiologist at the world-famous Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire (the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital). ...

Georgia joined the University of Suffolk as a student in 2015 and completed her degree in BSc Hons Psychology and Early childhood studies in 2018.  In March 2018 she was elected as President of the Students’ Union. After moving from Chelmsford to study at the University she now f...

Sport and Exercise Science graduate, Tom Fairbrother, has completed his tenth marathon of 2016 to raise awareness of eating disorders in males for Beat – the UK’s eating disorder charity. On New Year’s Eve, the Suffolk-born runner started his ‘Tom Runs Ten’ challenge to r...

I had an accident in 2002 falling off a container ship at Ipswich docks. Before that I was in the military. I left the military one month before I had the accident and the accident actually caused a subdural haematoma in my brain which is a small bleed. After that for many years I...

James graduated from the University of Suffolk in 2013, after which he took on the role of Head of Academy Analysis at Ipswich Town FC. Following this, James joined Arsenal’s Academy in September 2015. ...

The decision to become a nurse was not one I made lightly.  It was back in 2014, I was 35 years old, married with two daughters and had been working for a high street bank since 1997.  If I’m honest, I had wanted to be a nurse when I left school but for one reason or another I w...

I was really impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Suffolk and also the family feel. I’m from London so Ipswich was close enough to go home to my parents when I wanted to. The student accommodation, Athena Hall, was my deciding factor as they are mode...

Qualifications BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology (University of Suffolk, 2013) MSc Psychology (University of Essex, 2014) Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) (University of Suffolk, 2017) PhD in Psychology (University of Essex, University of Suffolk, In Progres...

I stand here today reflecting upon my life, particularly my academic life that has influenced who I am and what I have become.  As a woman I fit into many of the political and economic stereotypes.  I did not do well at school and the expectations of those in a position to encoura...

If someone had said to me I would be graduating with a Distinction at Master’s level from the University of Essex, I would have refused to believe them. Yet here I am, and I could not be happier nor prouder of all I have achieved! ...

I chose to study at Suffolk as the course was well spoken of by people who had completed it and the work I had seen from previous years was of a very high quality. Studying there, for me, was incredibly enjoyable because I was able to work towards my personal goals. The course combi...

I was looking for something that utilised both theory and practice and this course offered exactly that. The practical side of the course was the biggest benefit to my development. Learning about techniques is great in theory but there are a lot of places where it stops there. Here ...

Studying BA (Hons) English at the University of Suffolk was truly a whirlwind experience; those three years opened up a whole new world of literary and linguistic study for me, and influenced me to excel in academia in a way I had never done or thought possible before. It was wonder...

After graduating in English from the University of Suffolk, I won a scholarship to UEA and now hold an M.A. in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction. My first literary biography, Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd, was published in 2017. I have since edited a volume of Shepher...

Hear Alastair talking about his experience of studying here and what he has gone on to do since graduating:   ...

As a mature student with a young family it was a little daunting returning to education, but the English degree lecturers were extremely supportive and guided me every step of the way. The English course is extremely diverse allowing students to look at every aspect of English from ...

I chose to study here as it has a great reputation for training nurses, and it is something I have always wanted to study. The services the University offer, such as 24/7 access to the Waterfront Building was very helpful to me, particularly leading up to exams. ...

The University offered an environment providing state of the art facilities, a variety of resources, and subject experts within the scientific field, which is why I chose to study there. Suffolk is a thriving area, full of beautiful scenery, lively towns and great restaurants. The ...

Hear Gemma talking about her experience of studying here and what she has gone on to do since graduating: ...

I am originally from South Tyneside, and I was not a high flyer at school. As a mature student, attaining a First Class Honours degree has always been an ambition as most of the folks I work around seemed to have degrees and I felt my academic background wasn't as strong.  ...

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I chose this course in particular because of the modules it offered, and the fact that I would be able to progress to teacher training after finishing the course.The best part of studying here for me was the people I met. The friends I made w...

Hear Yviemarie talking about her experience of studying and what she has gone on to do since graduating:   I chose Graphic Design as I have always had a love for it, although I didn t realise it had a name at the time! I still have my very first branding project fro...

I’m from Basildon in Essex originally and before I came to University I was working as an administration assistant at the nuclear medicine department in UCLH. The University of Suffolk was recommended to me by a former work colleague of mine who had studied there previously. I wan...