University of Brighton Alumni Association

Crafting comfort and confidence

Finola Maynard (MDes 3D Materials Practice (Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastic) 2014), founder of Pop-Up Pottery Creative Healing, has been shortlisted as one of five charitable projects for a competition on TV. The Pop-Up Pottery Creative Healing initiative is competing for funding in The People’s Project. The People’s Project is a partnership between the Big…

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Alice has gone viral

Cancer survivor Alice McGarvie is spreading the word worldwide on the benefits of occupational therapy (OT) – and her message has gone viral. With more than 30,000 views and 10,000 Facebook shares, the Brighton alumna’s blog is being hailed as one of the clearest explanations of the benefits of OT.


Graduate helps Brighton traders triumph

Each year, Brighton alumnus Sam Baker (Business Administration BA(Hons) 2003), organises a financial trading competition to help business students sharpen their work skills. The annual OSTC Trading Challenge provides a unique opportunity for finance students to trade, in a virtual environment, through futures derivatives in a number of products including; commodities, equities and fixed income. Brighton students…

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Alumnus entrepreneur shares his tips for branching out

After pursuing a successful career in the construction industry, Brighton alumnus Mark Oakden (Building Engineering and Management BSc(Hons) 1995) built his own business. He tells the university how he launched his enterprise, Branching Out Adventures.


Turning bad experience into a great business

When alumnus Dmitrijs Seladjins (Finance and Investment BSc(Hons) 2012) arrived in the UK from Latvia with his business partner, Konstantins Afanasjevs in 2008, they were both in search of greater opportunities. They first settled in Luton, where they rented accommodation.

Levelling HIV support for the trans community

Brighton alumna Juno Roche (Critical Fine Art Practice BA(Hons) 1998) is a trans activist, who received the Blair Peach Award for her outstanding contribution to equalities. She has also appeared on the Rainbow List, the World Pride Power List and was recently shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year by the EDAs. Juno will be a…

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James’ deja-vu moment

Proud dad Kim Morris picked up his son for his graduation photograph – 22 years after being snapped holding the same son as a toddler at mum’s graduation. James Morris, 23, graduated with a BA(Hons) in Applied Psychology and Criminology from the University of Brighton last week and the family struck the same pose taken when…

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Lucy’s creative journey

Textile designer Lucy Jamieson graduated in 2003 with a BA(Hons) in Visual Culture. She shares her experience and what her course has helped her achieve. “The opportunity to study art and design history through the ages greatly informed and enhanced my own creative practice; which pre-dated my academic studies, continued throughout my course and now…

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Big up Brighton alumni!

A massive thank you is in order to our wonderful alumni volunteers! Throughout the last year (January 2016–2017) 350 graduates shared their time, advice and wealth of experience with current students. By remaining involved with the university, you, our vital alumni volunteers, have supported and inspired current students and fellow alumni. Through a range of…

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Sam’s career is full of eastern promise

With Chinese New Year looming, we are delighted to share this update from one of our Brighton alumni, Sam Duckett (International Finance and Capital Markets BA(Hons) 2009), who has successfully carved out a career as a radio presenter in China.

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