Alumni Services

July 2019

Alumni in Kenya, Malta, Singapore and Ireland share their experiences of online learning and its impact on their fields of expertise.

Flexible online study

Get to know four of our online learning graduates in this month's feature alumni profiles.

Over 5,000 people from 140 countries have graduated from the University's online programmes since our first online masters was launched in 2005. On top of this, the University has also developed over 50 free short online courses (MOOCs) in the past decade, increasing our provision for open global education.

This summer sees Edinburgh hit a new milestone, becoming the first university in the UK to offer a MicroMasters programme. This gives learners access to short online masters-level courses for free and without the commitment of a full degree.

Online learning

Kelvin Momanyi

Dr Kelvin Momanyi

Online learning enabled Dr Kelvin Momanyi to put One Health concepts into practice in real time while working at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi.

Read Dr Kelvin Momanyi's profile.

My current role, as a Research Assistant under ILRI (ZooLinK project), involves surveillance of 15 zoonotic diseases in both animals and humans in western Kenya with a strong focus of disseminating findings to the public, policy and scientific community.

Dr Kelvin MomanyiInternational Livestock Research Institute

Tessa Fiorini Cohen

Tessa Fiorini Cohen

Freelance science writing, teaching and lecturing, plus a full-time post in the pharmaceutical industry combine to make up Tessa Fiorini Cohen's multifaceted career.

Read Tessa Fiorini Cohen's profile.

My career path isn’t very conventional...

Tessa Fiorini Cohen

Gerry Reddy

Gerry Reddy

Attracted by the scientific and policy aspects of Edinburgh's MSc Carbon Management, consultancy director and alumnus Gerry Reddy returned to the University as an online student.

Read Gerry Reddy's profile.

The experience of online learning was great – the tutors were friendly and accessible, and students and tutors had great online discussions on climate issues.

Gerry Reddy

Mary Pan

Mary Pan

Mary Pan was already a seasoned executive when she took the online LLM in Medical Law and Ethics. The President of the Singapore Alumni Club shares how her Edinburgh education has expanded her perspectives in the dynamic healthcare sector.

Read Mary Pan's profile.

Reading law at Edinburgh has extended my abilities as a highly analytical decision-maker with extensive experience in building and operating companies, along with proven history of increasing sales/productivity, turning around difficult situations.

Mary Pan

Send us your profile

We're interested in the path you've taken since your studies at Edinburgh and want to learn about the challenges and highlights you've encountered along the way. Please get in touch and you and your experiences could feature on our website and inspire today's student, as well as fellow alumni.

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In our staff spotlight this month, we hear from Brian Burgon, whose role puts him in direct contact with the University's online learners, ensuring they receive an authentic Edinburgh experience from a distance.

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