Alumni Services

2000s

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

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.

Lee Madden

Lee Madden arrived in Edinburgh from Belfast looking for new experiences and independence, he talks to us about being able to study fascinating outside subjects, making the most of what the University has to offer and embracing the peaks and troughs of 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
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.

Ella Hickson

Ella Hickson
Full-time playwright Ella Hickson talks to us about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, joining Bedlam Theatre and having the confidence to do the things you love.

Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner
Award winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner talks to us about how she attributes her success to a nurturing art school environment and plenty of hard work.

Kittie Jones

Kittie Jones
Kittie Jones came to Edinburgh because she was thrilled with the idea of spending five years learning about the things she loved.

Beatrice Hitchman

Beatrice Hitchman
Author Beatrice Hitchman gives sage advice to the budding artist or author and talks about how her Edinburgh experience shaped her imagination.

Kimmie Simpson

Kimberley Simpson
Tattoo artist and Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Kimmie Simpson on finding her artistic voice and her recent involvement in art and anatomy at the University.

Rustam Al-Shahi Salman

Rustam Al-Shahi Salman
Rustam Al-Shahi Salman’s research led him to Edinburgh mid-career, but he had been longing to move to the city for years before starting his PhD here. Inspired by the expertise at Edinburgh, he is still here today leading vital research into the outcomes for stroke patients.

Karen Hinton

Karen Hinton
Karen Hinton will be forever thankful to the local schools outreach programme which helped her to apply to University and saw her expand her horizons, introduced her to her husband and helped her to gain confidence.

Owen Normand

Owen Normand
Owen Normand is proof that it is possible to earn a living through painting, but looking beyond the confines of art school whilst still studying was vital to his success.

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith
Kirsten Smith tells us why passion and having a clear idea of your own values are the most important ingredients for a fulfilling career.

Colin White

Colin White
Alumnus Colin White talks about his prestigious work in the sciences and his transition from an academic to a non-academic career.

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner
A self-avowed 'country girl', Dr Andrea Gardiner tells us about her time since graduation including her fascinating life in Ecuador, both as a doctor and in helping to provide a world class education for children.

Anna Abramowski

Anna Abramowski
Coming to Scotland as a 'blind bat', Anna Abramowski tells us how she found her feet in Edinburgh. Read more about her dedication to mental health.

Vasiliki Papadopoulos

Vasiliki Papadopoulos
Vasiliki Papadopoulous approached life as an Edinburgh student with passion and gusto - an attitude she now applies to her working life in Public Affairs in Ontario, Canada.

Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas
Zach Thomas explains how his time at Edinburgh still resonates throughout his new life in east Asia.

Mike McQuaid

Mike McQuaid
Software engineer Mike McQuaid talks about how Edinburgh stimulated an appetite for learning that has led to a career he loves.

Cliff Chen

Cliff Chen
Cliff Chen gives us an enjoyably literary account of his thoughts on life as a student at the University of Edinburgh, and his subsequent career.

Robyn Hardage

Robyn Hardage
Robyn Hardage tells us she juggles a career as a policy analyst with her success as a distance runner and triathlete that has seen her ranked 13th in the world.

Jorge Luis Hidalgo

Jorge Luis Hidalgo
Jorge Luis Hidalgo graduated in 2008 but has now taken on the voluntary role of Alumni Ambassador in his home country of Ecuador. Here he explains how one of his classmates influenced his career choices.

Helen Pidd

Helen Pidd is Northern Editor at the Guardian newspaper, a role she acquired after honing her skills on student newspapers in Edinburgh.

Adam Burns

Adam Burns
Adam Burns came to Edinburgh having initially secured a scholarship made possible by an alumna’s legacy to the University. He describes how his experiences at the University sparked a lasting passion for education.

Kieran Ferguson

Kieran Ferguson
Kieran Ferguson has gone from creating a Gumtree-style website for Edinburgh students to working at Richard Branson's new bank, Virgin Money.

Oliver Barsby

Oliver Barsby
Oliver Barsby’s time at Edinburgh pricked a passion for sport that stays with him today. He tells us how this has helped his career path.