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Burgeoning careers and international travel draw together graduates that attended the University after the year 2000.

Maya Cohen-Ronen

Maya Cohen-Ronen
Gender and Society graduate Maya Cohen-Ronen on her combining her passion for feminism and animal rights with becoming a published author.

Lisa Thomson

Lisa Thomson
French and Politics graduate Lisa Thomson is realising her ambition of growing her own business - a niche provider of outsourced HR consultancy and services.

Eleanor Rhode

Eleanor Rhode talking to a young person
Bedlam Theatre was where history graduate Eleanor Rhode took her first plunge into directing theatre. Her productions have since played out on some of the world's best known stages.

Mhorag Doig

Mhorag Doig
Responding to the demand for new ways of working, French and Business graduate Mhorag Doig founded a tech start up that helps businesses source flexible workspaces.

Maximiliano Bello

Max Bello with camera
Maximiliano Bello, Principal Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, has been instrumental in expanding marine protected areas around the world. This year will see him take a leading role at COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference.

Alasdair Harris

Headshot of Al Harris
Zoology graduate Dr Alasdair Harris set up social enterprise Blue Ventures in 2003. Years on, its mission to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities has never been so urgent, or so critical.

Nakul Haridas

Nakul Haridas at graduation
Dr Nakul Haridas's masters and PhD research on developing smart antennas led to the creation of a high tech spinout company.

Helen Senn

Helen Senn
After gaining her PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Dr Helen Senn spent a year cycling from Scotland to China before joining a newly formed lab at Edinburgh Zoo, where she now manages a team of ten researchers and field biologists.

Colin Farquhar

Colin Farquhar
BAFTA-winning senior producer Colin Farquhar reflects on grasping student opportunities, helping to set a Guinness World Record and enjoying the adrenaline kick of live television.

Alexander F. L. Newberry

Alexander Newberry
After swapping the music industry for teaching, Alexander F. L. Newberry's work as a private tutor led him to develop an educational game that is now being rolled out in schools across the US.

Cennydd John

Cennydd John
Founder of the UK’s first bilingual Mandarin-English early years education group, Cennydd John explains how it all started with Chinese studies at Edinburgh.

Neil Forsyth

Neil Forsyth
Football was central to Neil Forsyth's student life and the focus of his first writing job. Since moving on from match reports, he has established a successful career writing for TV and film and is known for creating the sitcom character Bob Servant.

Jack Scriven

Jack Scriven
Having completed a social enterprise leadership programme, psychology graduate Jack Scriven is applying his skills at a start-up that provides environmentally sustainable building materials.

Vasyl Romanyuk

Vasyl Romanyuk
MSc graduate Vasyl Romanyuk credits his time studying politics at Edinburgh with underpinning his career focused on developing civil society in Ukraine.

Cara Stacey

After a "magical" year studying musicology in Edinburgh, Dr Cara Stacey knew she wanted to work in African music and focus on musical performance. She has completed two further degrees and released two albums.

Marília Pavão

Marília Pavão
Edinburgh's seaside location reminded Marília Pavão of home in the Azores archipelago. She tells us how her studies at Moray House have shaped her teaching practice.

Sinclair Bell

Sinclair Bell
An expert in the archaeology and art history of the Greek and Roman world, PhD alumnus Sinclair Bell tells us how he's reaching out to new audiences through a TV documentary.

Ivan Sandrea

Ivan Sandrea
By completing a masters thesis focused on energy, followed by an MBA, Ivan Sandrea gained vital technical and leadership skills that have helped him on his journey to co-founding an oil and gas company.

Ronan Ryan

Ronan Ryan
During his MSc in Creative Writing, Ronan Ryan found it both comforting to be surrounded by people who shared his obsession and fascinating to hear perspectives shaped by a variety of backgrounds.

Elizabeth Mundy

Elizabeth Mundy
Elizabeth Mundy began writing creatively not during her English Literature degree, but on a yoga holiday years later with the encouragement of Stephen King's UK editor.

Natalie Starkey

Adventurous fieldwork trips and a supportive supervisor were a highlights of Dr Natalie Starkey's PhD studies. She's now working as a science communicator and has published her first popular science book, Catching Stardust.

Blake Anneberg

Technology enthusiast Blake Anneberg is a committee member of the Denver alumni group. He tells us how an inspiring meeting has encouraged him in his career.

Carolina Orloff

A Latin American Literature PhD graduate, Carolina is the co-founder of publishing house Charco Press.

Charlie Carnochan

Charlie Carnochan
Charlie Carnochan's career as a vet has gone from strength to strength since his graduation in 2004.

Paulina Chilarska

Paulina Chilarska
Paulina Chilarska's enthusiasm for her time at Edinburgh is evident, and she feel empowered by the positive experiences her subsequent career has given her.

Nathalie Mather-L’Huillier

Natalie Mather-L'Huillier
Nathalie Mather-L'Huillier's PhD from Edinburgh has influenced every aspect of her life, and she has now been appointed as the regional alumni contact in the Caribbean.

Simona Nistor-Grahl

Simona Nistor-Grahl
Simona Nistor-Grahl's childhood in Romania brought her a passion for science, and led her to Edinburgh where she completed her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Alice Hoyle

Alice Hoyle and her two duaghters
Alice Hoyle explains what inspired her to write books with the aim of explaining mental illness to children.

Konstantina Tziava

Konstantina Tziava
Konstantina Tziava’s interest in Edinburgh was sparked by a phone call; years later she still credits her time at the University with shaping the person and teacher she has become.

Mathilde Bordet-Volay

Mathilde Bordet-Volay tells us how her Erasmus year at Edinburgh fulfilled a childhood dream to live in Scotland.

Prof. Margitta B. Beil-Hildebrand

Classic Porsche rally car driver & Professor of healthcare policy, Professor Margitta B. Beil-Hildebrand reminisces about her time in Edinburgh and thanks her PhD fellows for their support.

Quinn Simpson

Quinn Simpson fell for Scotland during a trip from her native Canada to Port Glasgow, her father's birthplace, and remembers the life changing volunteer work she did alongside her studies.

Athanasios Kafkalidis

Athanasios Kafkalidis has had a varied and diverse career since leaving University but still considers Edinburgh to be an important part of his life.

Dr Peter Harris

Dr Peter Harris reflects on his time spent in Edinburgh, including serving as a Vice-President for the Student’s Association, alongside giving some detailed and strong advice to current students who are looking beyond graduation.

Jean Porter

Jean Porter’s experiences studying Divinity at Edinburgh have inspired her to go on to seek appointments where she is not only needed, but needed the most.

Vasilios Danias

Vasilios Danias, School of Informatics graduate and Operations Manager at Uber, attributes his personal and professional development to his time spent at The University of Edinburgh.

Utsava Kasera

Utsava Kasera
Utsava Kasera chose Edinburgh to study his MSc after thorough research and believes, thanks to the quality of teaching and beauty of the city, his choice to study here is one of the best decisions of his life.

Rob Walker

Rob Walker applied to the Business School because of its influence and diverse student body, now his two businesses benefit from the inspiration he has gained from his MBA classmates.

Guy Akester

Guy Akester reminisces about his time at Edinburgh and tells us about experiencing his classmates seeing snow for the first time and what he does when he visits Edinburgh now.

Scott McQuarrie

Scott McQuarrie
International Officer Scott McQuarrie talks about his love of Edinburgh, his career in Higher Education and explains why you should join as many societies as you can.

Rachel Hayes

Rachel Hayes
Marketing professional Rachel Hayes shares her story of the University’s Equestrian Club where she competed for the University and how her varied degree spurred her career into action.

Ruth Allison

Ruth Allison
Ruth Allison talks about her first day at Edinburgh, her year abroad at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and why you should just say yes.

Charlie Bingham

Charlie Bingham
Zoology graduate Charlie Bingham initially found it hard to apply himself academically, but hard work and staff support resulted in a degree that has led to his dream job as a producer and director.

Dr Aseem Malhotra

Dr Aseem Malhotra
Medical graduate, cardiologist and student guitar hero Dr Aseem Malhotra is now leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption.

Patrícia Soley-Beltran

Patrícia Soley-Beltran
Patricia Soley-Beltram moved back to her home town of Barcelona after graduating to continue her research with an amazing and worthwhile outcome.

Philip Macklin

Philip Macklin
Medical graduate Dr Philip Macklin talks to us about how a distance learning postgraduate qualification he completed while a junior doctor revealed a passion for understanding the scientific basis of disease.

Richard Culleton

Richard Culleton in a lab
Richard Culleton knew he wanted to study at Edinburgh University when he exited his train at Waverley Station and still loves the city just as much now.

Catriona Smith

Catriona Smith
Chemistry graduate Catriona Smith has many great memories of Edinburgh but an opportunity to play shinty evolved into a passion for the game which she still has today.

Cameron Brown

Cameron Brown
Geography graduate Cameron Brown found his passion when he joined the East of Scotland University Air Squadron and now works as a first officer for Ryanair.

Claire Brownie

Claire Brownie
Netball international Claire Brownie has represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships; success that she attributes to the support provided by the University.