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May 2017

In celebration of the University's PhD Horizons event on 6 June, this month's alumni profiles have a strictly doctoral theme.

Brian Allaway

Brian Allaway

Brian Allaway came to the University having been a firefighter in both Belfast and Edinburgh. He has gone on to publish a book that looks at gender identity and culture in the fire service.

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I loved studying in Edinburgh, feeling very privileged and supported by the University staff, and spent many happy evenings in the library.

Brian Allaway

Sherif Ayoub

Sherif Ayoub

Sherif Ayoub, an expert in Islamic finance, credits Edinburgh with deepening his thinking – and the creation of a book from his PhD. He just wishes he'd played golf while in Scotland.

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What is etched in my memory is the history of the place, the pride and humility of its students, the support of its staff, the close friendships.

Sherif Ayoub

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.

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Despite the detours and the kinks in the road, there is nothing I learned during my PhD at the University of Edinburgh that I don’t use every day. It has shaped my working life to date.

Natalie Mather-L'Huillier

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.

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Historical bonds between Scotland and Romania challenged my perspective of Edinburgh as a foreign city.

Simona Nistor-Grahl

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.

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I use the skills I gained at the University of Edinburgh every single day, from writing, to analysis, to the listening skills I learned at Nightline.

Catherine Thomas

PhD Horizons

The PhD Horizons conference is an annual one-day event dedicated to showcasing the breadth of career opportunities open to PhD graduates of the University of Edinburgh.

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