Alumni Services

August 2019

A blacksmith, social care advocate, breast surgeon, theatre director and doctor in diagnostic radiology share their experiences of Edinburgh and beyond.

Nicholas Moreau

Blacksmith Nick Moreau in his forge

Blacksmith and conservation economist Nicholas Moreau reveals how grasping opportunities inside and outside the classroom sparked his unique career trajectory.

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Working in the conservation field has been a straightforward progression from my MSc degree. But the blacksmithing and coaching were also supported by Edinburgh’s rich environment.

Nicholas Moreau

Margaret Dobie

Black and white photo of Margaret Dobie

1950s graduate Margaret Dobie OBE reflects on the happiest days of her life and how the introduction of the Children's Hearings System inspired her voluntary work in social care and the justice system.

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​​​​​​​I applied as a volunteer to be a panel member at the earliest opportunity and this voluntary work became more or less the rest of my career.

Margaret Dobie OBEFormer Chairman of the Scottish Children's Panel Advisory Committee

Gordon Wishart

Professor Gordon Wishart

Professor Gordon Wishart defied detractors to lead a successful clinical and research career in breast surgery before founding a healthcare company providing cancer screening and diagnostic services.

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Never give up on your goals and ambition. My first surgical mentor told me I would never pass my surgical exams...

Professor Gordon WishartConsultant Breast Surgeon

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.

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Studying history helped me figure out the things that mattered to me, and more than that, it helped me find a voice for what I believed.

Eleanor RhodeTheatre director

Ahmed Hamam

Ahmed Hamam with New College in the background

Medical doctor Ahmed Hamam took a career break to pursue an MSc in Science and Religion. Over the year-long programme his peers became like a family during rigorous intellectual debates.

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In short, that year (2015-2016) was the best year in my life at all levels, academically, spiritually, socially and scientifically. It was a kind of transformation year.

Dr Ahmed Hamam

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