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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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

After a very successful final year at Suffolk, securing first class honours and becoming joint winner of the History dissertation prize, Jack went travelling in Asia and returned to the UK to become an intern at the Houses of Parliament. He is currently working for Margot James, M...

I had enrolled at another university for another course, but realised it wasn't for me. The University of Suffolk handled everything smoothly and within a week I was enrolled with them. I knew I wanted to study Film and the course covered a variety of areas. ...

I chose to study at Great Yarmouth as the BA (Hons) Arts Practice course covered a wide range of art and design practices, but would allow me to specialise in graphic design. The course is also taught by highly qualified staff with industry experience which was also important to me....

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 ...

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...