Alumni Services

1990s

Considered reflections on university life from graduates whose careers and lives have had the time to twist and turn.

Andrew Needham

Andrew Needham
Andrew Needham values the unique life experiences student life gave him, and says that an entrepreneurial spark he discovered at Edinburgh has carried through to his career choices.

Lila W Balisky

Lila Balisky
While working as a missionary in Ethiopia, Lila Balisky studied Theology and Development at New College. She tells us how the course enhanced her understanding of her own work.

Pilar Luque

Pilar Luque
Pilar Luque remembers her time with a touch of poetic romance, and explains how her Edinburgh education made subsequent career choices much easier.

Catherine Thomas

Catherine Thomas
Catherine Thomas's love of her home city led to her complete three degrees at Edinburgh, including her PhD. She explains why she then pursued a career in fundraising.

Daniel Pembrey Cooper

Daniel Pembrey Cooper
Daniel Pembrey Cooper went from business executive to best-selling author of the Harbour Master crime series. He tells us how his Edinburgh education influenced the decisions he has made in life.

Jason Miller

Jason Miller
Jason Miller's year at Edinburgh was a memorable one: he met his future wife, joined a semi-professional rock band, and earned a masters with distinction. He recalls his time at the University.

Liam Kerr

Liam Kerr
Liam Kerr has built a richly varied CV while also pursuing musical and other interests. Recently elected to the Scottish Parliament, he says the skills he learned in his degree have stood him in good stead.

Bill Chilton

Former deep sea diver and Geography graduate Bill Chilton has no regrets and thinks you shouldn't either.

Andrew Symon

Andrew Symon explores how the broad range of experiences at Edinburgh has shaped his future career as a lecturer and fiction writer.

Sean Michael Wilson

Sean Michael Wilson
Sean Michael Wilson's time at Edinburgh led him to meet students from across the world, including someone from Japan, which happens to be where he now lives and works as an award-winning graphic novelist.

Louise Moir

Summer jobs and volunteering not only enriched Louise Moir’s time as a student, they influenced her future career choices.

Evangelia Sembou

Evangelia Sembou talks about living in a cultural city and her pursuit of an academic career and despite finding Edinburgh cold, she hopes to come back one day.

Elaine Thomson

Elaine Thomson, a three time graduate, reminisces about her time at the University of Edinburgh and encourages students to get their inspiration from everywhere and anywhere.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman studied English Literature and is now Head of Features for Yorkshire Post. It was during her time at the university that she learned to be proud of her love for poetry and to not spend summers in broom cupboards.

Oliver Stegen

Oliver Stegen ended up in Edinburgh by chance and used his Linguistics degree while living and working among the Rangi in Tanzania, learning their language and helping local teachers to devise a writing system.

Glenn Cosby

Glenn Cosby
Former assistant principal and Great British Bake Off contestant Glenn Cosby still dreams of haggis, neeps and tatties and is returning to his former home in February for the Big Leap.

Jim Strang

Jim Strang
Jim Strang talks about how Edinburgh became home, his love for his degree and his wide and varied career after graduation.

Kirsty McCabe

Kirsty McCabe
Cowen House and an evening climb up Arthur’s Seat are stand out memories for broadcast meteorologist Kirsty McCabe, who decided to study geophysics at the age of 12.

Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis
Dr Gavin Francis talks to us about his international Medical career and how his love of reading encouraged him to write.

Kim Devereux

Kim Devereux
Emmy Award-winning producer and director, Kim Devereux, made the leap and changed careers to become an author after she found she had a talent for writing.

Janey Louise Jones

Janey  Louise Jones
Janey Louise Jones wrote an early draft of her first children’s book on a trip with her History of Art classmates and is now published by Random House where her books have been translated into Mandarin and Portuguese.

Gigi Pandian

Gigi Pandian
Gigi Pandian followed in her mother’s footsteps on a year abroad to Edinburgh where she found inspiration for her mystery novels.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams
Former teacher and current professional storyteller, Michael Williams explains how his PhD in English literature prepared him for both creative professions.

Cate Nelson-Shaw

Cate Nelson-Shaw
Cate-Nelson Shaw’s career was kickstarted by the University’s Career Service, and having reaped the benefits she is now giving back to students with advice and mentoring nearly twenty years later.

Susan Cheyne

Susan Cheyne
Susan Cheyne used her summer holidays to explore career options through volunteering, and is reaping the benefits today in her job working with orangutans in Indonesia.

Hermione Cockburn

Hermione Cockburn
Dynamic Earth's new Scientific Director Dr Hermione Cockburn, talks landscape evolution, small screen success and how her career has come full circle.

Siouxsie Wiles

Siouxsie Wiles
Siouxsie Wiles was first captivated by medical microbiology during her undergraduate degree. Now she channels her own enthusiasm to ‘demystify science’ for others through popular blogs, books and animations.

Michael Cousin

Michael Cousin
Professor Cousin now researches brain function, and is directing research at the newly established Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre at the University.

Karen Guthrie

Karen Guthrie
Karen Guthrie found her mind opened whilst studying at ECA and now works in partnership with a fellow graduate on projects as diverse as a permanent harvest garden and a documentary about the Tudors.

Susie Weeks

Susie Weeks
A postgraduate course at Edinburgh proved just the stepping stone Susie Weeks needed to secure the conservation job of her dreams in East Africa.

John McCormack

John McCormack
The international community of students on John McCormack's course inspired his own far reaching career in veterinary medicine.

Susan McVie

Susan McVie
Susan McVie’s decision to switch from a science degree to studying Law at Edinburgh proved to be life changing. She tells us why.

Harriet Cunningham

Harriet Cunningham
From the Student to the Sydney Morning Herald. English Literature and Latin graduate, Harriet Cunningham takes us through the journey.

David Hesse

David Hesse
Counting bibs and cones for EUAFC has ultimately led David Hesse to Florida where he is now responsible for over 900 elite athletes.

Giuseppe Albano

Giuseppe Albano
An undergraduate tutor pushed Giuseppe to his intellectual limits studying the Romantic poets at undergraduate level. He is grateful for that push to this day in his job curating the Keats-Shelley museum in Rome.

Chris Ban

Chris Ban
Writer and film-maker Chris Ban is no stranger to finding a story and, as he explains, it was that quest for the literary that brought him to Edinburgh.

Daniel Bonner

Daniel Bonner
ECA graduate, Daniel Bonner tells us about working on branding projects for some of the world’s major companies.

Bessie Daschbach

Bessie Daschbach
Bessie Daschbach came to Edinburgh in 1996 as a visiting student. She tells us how she went from studying the writing of Victorian women to taking on major corporations as a lawyer.

Joel McIver

Joel McIver
Author Joel McIver takes a refreshingly candid look back at his time as an Edinburgh student and his path to a career as a writer.

Kirsty Duncan

Kirsty Duncan
A Canadian with decidedly Scottish interests, Kirsty Duncan’s decision to complete her PhD at Edinburgh was a no-brainer.

Sania Pell

Sania Pell
An appreciation of the beauty of Edinburgh inspired Sania Pell. She explains how this eye for good aesthetics has led to a successful career as a stylist and writer.

Ed Stoppard

Ed Stoppard
Ed Stoppard is an actor well known to cinema and television audiences having appeared in productions ranging from the Oscar-winning The Pianist and the recent BBC mini-series, The Politician’s Husband.

Mike Harrower

Mike Harrower
Furniture Design graduate Mike Harrower on finding your career direction and making sure you have an eye catching CV.

Ian Springford

Ian Springford
Ian Springford explains why Edinburgh is a great place to study Architecture and talks about his current projects with his own practice.

Karen Donnelly

Karen Donnelly
Medical Writing Manager Karen Donnelly talks Neuroscience, following your passions, and why Psychology always wins in the end.

Graeme Easton

Graeme Easton
Business Studies graduate, Graeme Easton, talks Beach Volleyball, the value of conversation and being part of the London 2012 experience.

Demetrios Iatrides

Demetrios Iatrides
Law graduate, Demetrios Iatrides talks career progression, the impact of Edinburgh and making the most of your opportunities.

Roland Gulliver

Roland Gulliver
Roland Gulliver, Programme Manager for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, talks Medieval Poetry and wandering from Charlotte Square Gardens to the Royal Mile.