Spotlight on: alumni stories

From journalism to aviation our talented alumni are making their mark in the world. Read about their careers and how they are making a difference to people's lives.

Miguel Barbolla

Miguel Salinero Barbolla

International Commercial Law 2006

Investment adviser

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Dean Atta

Dean Atta

English and Philosophy 2006

Poet and novelist

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Gazelle Twin

Tom Welton

Chemistry 1982

Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and LGBT campaigner

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Prashant Kumar

Prashant Kumar

Global Political Economy 2016

Public Policy specialist and strategic advisor

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Stewart Dalby

Stewart Dalby

Economics 1968

Writer and novelist now promoting renewable energy

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Efua Akumanyi

Efua Akumanyi

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence 1998

Software developer and entrepreneur

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Kit Bradshaw

Kit Bradshaw

Politics 2012

Sky News producer and broadcast journalist

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Neil Chalk

Neil Chalk

Artificial Intelligence 2001

Tech consultant and product manager at software development company 15Below

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Katie Dawes

Katie Dawes

Psychology 2009

Hostelling blogger and travel content writer

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Tessa Gooding

Tessa Gooding

Media Practice and Theory 2005

Ethical estate agent entrepreneur

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Sue Hobden

Sue Hobden

Sussex Business School 2018

Project management consultant and experience supply chain director

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TASHA'S STORY

"I realised very soon after graduating that I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to do it on my terms and shape my own experience." 

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Tasha Marks

Tasha Marks

Art History 2006

Food historian and founder, AVM Curiosities

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Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie

ENGAM 1982

Journalist and BBC News presenter

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KAMILAH'S STORY

"I've learned to manage my situation by practising self-care and making sure my team are aware when I’ve not been feeling great. It was scary opening up, but they’ve been really understanding." 

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Anna Stefanaki

Anna Stefanaki

Sussex Business School 2016

Ofgem Strategy Manager who succesfully balanced full time work with two masters degrees

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ANNA'S STORY

"My first job was working at a Greek newspaper for a year. I got the job by reaching out to my network, and talking to the chief editor. " 

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Lloydette Bai-Marrow

Lloydette Bai-Marrow

Law & North American Studies 2001

Anti-corruption expert and economic crime lawyer

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LUCY'S STORY

"I am very passionate about the need for greater diversity and gender parity within the film and TV industry." 

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Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown

CCS 1993

Televison producer, author, academic and gender and diversity equality advocate

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Toby Chown

Toby Chown

EAM 1997

Dramatherapist working with children and families affected by drug and alcohol problems

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LENA'S STORY

"I’m very lucky as my ‘work’ takes me to some of the best holiday locations around the globe without it actually being a holiday." 

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Lena Erdil

Lena Erdil

Politics and Philosophy 2008

Windsurf champion and founder of the Lena Erdil Windsurf Centre in Turkey

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Anthony Ferner

Anthony Ferner

Sociology 2000

Fiction writer and former international business professor

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Liz Jones

Liz Jones

Media Studies 1996

Digital content designer and writer specialising in weddings

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Kamilah McInnis

Kamilah McInnis

Sociology 2013

BBC Voice broadcast journalist with a passion for music and mental health

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Helen Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst

AFRAS 1987

Women's rights activist and Campaign ambassador, CARE International

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HELEN'S STORY

"It’s about time that there was increased pressure on the political establishment to be more representative." 

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Gazelle Twin

Gazelle Twin aka Elizabeth Bernholz

Music 2003

Experimental composer and producer

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Dominic Bliss

Dominic Bliss

English 2003

Author and football journalist

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Jack Merlin Bruce

Jack Merlin Bruce

Psychology 2011

Bicycle entrepreneur

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Lauren Conway

Carolina Farrajota Correia 

Biology 2013

Clinical researcher specialising in diabetes, obesity and haemophilia

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Polly Gilbert

Polly Gilbert

English and History 2011

Homelessness non-profit pioneer

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Liam Hackett

Liam Hackett

Sussex Business School 2018

Founder and CEO of anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label

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David Lane

David Lane

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence 2001

Managing director of mobile developer and gaming agency Fat Fish Digital

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Andrew Mckechnie

Andrew McKechnie

Sussex Business School 2013

Aviation expert and experienced former British Airways pilot

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Ben Steele

Ben Steele

English 2009

Former communications professional who recently moved to Norway to become a freelance writer

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Rupert Young

Rupert Young

COGS 1991

Technologist, researcher and artificial intelligence expert

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