I AM BCU - Alumni

We have a confident, proud and diverse community of graduates at BCU, who are striving to achieve their career goals and transform their lives. Read their stories here.

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Samuel Lovesey

Digital Media Computing BSc (Hons)

During his time at university, Sam embraced all that BCU had to offer. From playing a pivotal role in the University’s marketing team to joining the mentorship programme, Sam got stuck in and is now reaping the rewards after successfully securing his first role after graduation at leading agency Inspired Thinking Group. 

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Allen Biju

Biomedical Engineering MEng

Allen always knew that he wanted to work in medicine, and his love of Maths and Physics led him to study Biomedical Engineering at BCU. Nowadays, he’s working in Regulatory Affairs as a Product Support Engineer.

Miriam Rowe

Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Related Products MA

Miriam dreamed of studying in the iconic Jewellery Quarter, and our School of Jewellery offered her the perfect opportunity to grow as an artist. Now, Miriam is running her own surface design and illustration business. 

Ben Allen

Radiotherapy BSc (Hons)

University never appealed to Ben, but when he discovered Radiotherapy and the instant skills and experience he could gain from the course, he never looked back. After working his way up in the Radiotherapy department at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Ben is now thriving in his role as a Trainee Consultant Breast Radiographer with a bright future ahead.

Charlotte Hurrell

Media and Communication BA (Hons)

Charlotte, who has dyslexia, wasn’t sure if she was ever going to be able to go to university after struggling with her GCSE’s and not knowing if a diploma could be enough to get a place. But Charlotte’s passion about radio shined through and her creative skills thrived at BCU and work experience opportunities. Now, Charlotte is excelling in her radio career at Bauer Media.

Maryam Wahid

Photography BA (Hons)

Maryam never thought her passion in photography could turn into a successful career. But just weeks before starting, she pulled out of the Religion and Theology course that she was due to study at a different university, and instead, she threw herself into BCU’s Photography course. After thriving at BCU, Maryam has had incredible success, from awards, TV shows, and even working alongside royalty.

Elvinah Xhignesse

Media Production MA

Growing up in Belgium, Elvinah had big dreams of working on some of the UK’s biggest television shows. She started to make her dreams a reality when she attended a BCU Open Day and soon threw herself into studying Media and Communication, followed by an MA in Media Production. With enough skills and experience under her belt to break the industry, Elvinah is now working on the likes of The Great British Bake Off, The Love Trap and 24 Hours in A&E.

Pam Sheemar

Government and Law BA (Hons)

Being the first in her family to go to university, Pam threw herself into education and took every opportunity available to her. Now, she’s paying that back by helping others succeed in her role as Regional Enterprise Director at Natwest, and aims to make commercial banking more diverse.

Tom Clarke-Forrest

Executive MBA

Tom set up Sport 4 Life UK, a leading sport organisation, in 2007. He returned to education to continue his leadership journey and embraced everything that the Executive MBA course, and BCU had to offer. Nowadays, he is applying his new skills and knowledge to his growing charity.

Ben Goodwin

Broadcast Journalism PGDip

After getting a postgraduate diploma under his belt, Ben is now a Communications Manager at HS2 – Europe’s largest infrastructure project. By doing a postgraduate degree not only did he gain an academic qualification, he also worked towards gaining an exciting career for life.

Victoria Coker

Social Work BSc (Hons)

After working as a Nurse, Victoria decided to return to university to study Social Work. She thrived on the course, happy to finally do something she was passionate about. After graduating, she worked her way up the ranks in the industry, before returning to BCU to work as a Visiting Lecturer, where she is now inspiring the next generation of Social Workers.

Keith Scobie-Youngs

Horology BA (Hons)

After graduating with a degree in Horology, Keith decided to take a risk and set up his own company. Over 30 years later, Keith now manages a large team of skilled workers who look after some of the world’s most famous clocks, including their recent restoration work on Big Ben. His passion for clocks is only getting bigger, with his family also choosing to follow in his footsteps. With an exciting future ahead, his main goal is to now give back to his industry, as he prepares to offer excellent opportunities to current students.

Jiney Ang

International Business (MBA)

Jiney arrived at BCU ready to take the next step in her career. With her sights set on working in a management position, she decided to study an MBA in International Business. With new skills and experienced gained from her time at BCU, Jiney has so far excelled in her career, now working her way up the ladder at KPMG.

Siara Nawaz

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Siara always knew that she wanted to study Psychology, and after thriving in the course at BCU, she soon discovered what her speciality would be. After years of hard work and further study, Siara is now excelling in her career as an Educational Psychologist and uses her platform to inspire others too. 

Liam Morgan

Digital Film Production BSc (Hons)

Thanks to securing work experience on a BBC series, Liam discovered that the TV and Film industry was perfect for him. After excelling in his course at BCU, the graduate went on to work in sports broadcasting before kickstarting his exciting career in major TV dramas and films. Liam is now excited about his future in his chosen industry, with big goals ahead.

Deep Singh

Digital Forensics BSc (Hons)

When Deep discovered our Digital Forensics course through Clearing, he knew it was what he wanted to do. After enjoying his time at BCU and excelling in his chosen course, Deep landed his dream job shortly after graduating as a Digital Forensics Officer for West Midlands Police, where he does vital work to catch criminals. 

Oswald Muma Petiangha-Mbuh

Criminology, Policing and Investigation BA (Hons)

After moving to the UK from Cameroon, Oswald joined the army where he discovered that his dream role would be in the Police. Oswald joined BCU to make a step towards his goal of becoming a police officer, and is now just weeks away from joining a graduate scheme.

Ashley Innis

Real Estate Management MSc

Ashley studied at BCU for his undergraduate degree and graduated in 2003. Since then, he has had a long and successful career working for Birmingham City Council. He has now returned to study MSc Real Estate Management to further his regeneration and development knowledge.

Kate Moran

Quantity Surveying MSc

While initially studying at BCU in Business and Finance, Kate’s career has led her in a different direction, and when the time came to study her MSc in Quantity Surveying, the answer was simple: she returned to BCU. She is now a Quantity Surveyor working at sites across our city.  

Jake Newton

Marketing BA (Hons)

After throwing himself into several internships during his time at university, Jake was able to form relationships with the contacts he would need to get his first step on the career ladder. After starting his career at Ralph Lauren, Jake is now working as a CRM Executive for Center Parcs. 

Allyson Loots

Media and Communication (Public Relations) BA (Hons)

After moving to the UK from South Africa as a teenager, Allyson was waiting to discover what she would do with her life here. A BCU Open Day gave her an insight into a career that suited her personality and skills. After thriving in her university experience, Allyson is now working her way up the career ladder, is in control of her own destiny and is celebrating being the Co-Founder of her own company.

Léa Nakache

Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism MA

With a postgraduate degree under her belt, Léa was finally able to pursue her dream career and landed a job as a Social Trending Journalist at Reach plc - the largest news publisher in the UK – straight after graduation.

Caitlin Neal

Criminology and Security Studies BA (Hons)

Caitlin always had a passion for crime and criminology, and threw herself into all aspects of BCU life, from excelling in her course to getting involved with extra opportunities. Her time at BCU gave her the confidence required to join the police, and now she is going from strength to strength in her role as a Police Constable for Thames Valley Police.

William McQuaide

Illustration BA (Hons)

William pursued illustration to improve his skills, and BCU offered the practical teaching he wanted. Now, he’s a Freelance Illustrator working with animation studios across the country, and he has big dreams for his future

Johnny Seifert

Media and Communication BA (Hons)

Johnny always knew he wanted to work in radio, and with BCU’s industry-ready facilities and student radio station, he got the experience and skills that he needed. Nowadays, he is a Showbiz Editor and Entertainment Producer for the likes of Times Radio, talkRADIO and TalkTV, as well as hosting his own successful podcast.  

Laura Shorney

Environmental and Spatial Planning MA

When Laura moved to the UK from Germany, she quickly had to learn how different the two countries planning systems were, while sharing her time between studying and working.

After having the opportunity to study at BCU as part of an exchange programme, Laura arrived back in Birmingham to complete her MA. After making the most out of her postgraduate studies, Laura was offered a job before she had even graduated and worked her way up from an intern to a Planning Consultant. Nowadays, she is excelling in her career as a Principal Officer.

Jill Arriordaz

Real Estate Management MSc

After recovering from an accident, and having a young family, Jill was keen to do something for herself again. With a passion for property, Jill decided to return to BCU to further her career in real estate. After excelling on the course, and gaining useful contacts, Jill had the confidence to become a self-employed property specialist, alongside her ongoing research into empty homes across the UK.

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Nathan Russell

Video Game Development MA

Nathan left school with no qualifications but had big dreams about working in the gaming industry. After pushing himself through college and an undergraduate degree, Nathan arrived at BCU ready to excel on the Video Game Development course. Nowadays, he is a Senior UI Technical Artist at Criterion Games and has worked on everything from Sonic and Battlefield to Need For Speed. 

Matthew Hill

Fine Art MA

After completing both a BA and Masters in Fine Art, as well as a PGCE in Further Education, Matthew went into teaching. But after showcasing his digital art skills online, Matthew was offered the opportunity to work in the film industry, landing his big break as a Concept Modeller on The Batman, before moving to Paramount Pictures to work as a Concept Artist on the two latest Mission: Impossible movies.

Beth Carroll

Photography BA (Hons)

Beth knew that university was for her but didn’t know what her future would hold. After discovering her passion for photography and finding out that she could get the university experience without having to move to a new area, she thrived on her degree course and embraced the experience and the key technical skills she would need for her chosen industry. Nowadays, Beth is a Photographer for major brand Gymshark. 

Bala Shobika Balasubramanian Senthil Kumar

Quantity Surveying MSc

After moving to the UK and choosing to study at BCU, Bala was keen to embrace everything that the university had to offer, from course opportunities to joining a society. Thanks to support from her lecturers and BCU’s Careers+ team, Bala was ready to step into her role as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor, where she is currently working at Balfour Beatty Vinci’s joint venture working for HS2.

Hannah Atherton

Business Information Technology BSc (Hons)

Hannah always had a keen interest in automation, and with the support of tutors at BCU, she used this passion to land a job at Pets at Home in their Robotic Process Automation Team. Now, she’s climbing the career ladder and is now a Delivery Lead with her own team.

Stephanie Perraton

LLB Law (Hons)

After being offered a last-minute place to join Birmingham Polytechnic, now BCU, Stephanie embraced the Law course and is now a Partner and Consultant at Squire Patton Boggs, alongside working as the former President of Birmingham Law Society. But working in a ‘man’s world’ and being the first in her family to attend university were challenges she faced on her journey to success.  

Kyhee Douglas-Francis

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

After having to find an alternative way to secure his place at BCU, Kyhee, who always had aspirations to become an entrepreneur and his own boss, founded his own company Genna’s Kitchen while studying. He has since expanded his offering to stores across the UK and has high hopes for the future of his business, but he says he couldn’t have done it without the skills that BCU provided.

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Mohamed Elrayah

Marketing and Management MSc

Mohamed pursued a postgraduate degree because he wanted to progress to a senior position in the marketing industry but the staff at BCU inspired his love for teaching. He’s now a lecturer and enjoys passing on his expertise.

Gabriel Trinc

Film Technology and Visual Effects BSc (Hons)

Gabriel’s path to him working in the film industry took him from his home country of Romania to BCU’s City Centre campus. After thriving on the course and taking advantage of the university’s facilities and equipment, he has gone on to have an incredible career so far and has even worked on major movies like Barbie and Wonka.  

Katie Goodacre

Education Studies BA (Hons)

After transferring to BCU half way through her studies, Katie threw herself into all that the university has to offer. From working as a student researcher to publishing her very own novel, Katie has had a busy few years and she’s not slowing down anytime soon thanks to her new role at nationwide charity Relate.

Janete Domingues

Film Technology and Visual Effects BSc (Hons)

Janete chose BCU for its state-of-the-art film technology facilities, and she left with the tools and skills needed to excel as a VFX production manager. So far, Janete’s in-demand skills and experience have taken her all over the world, and nowadays, she is thriving at Rodeo FX in Montreal, Canada, where she has been behind the scenes on exciting projects for the likes of Netflix, Apple TV and Cartoon Network. 

Pavan Mankoo

Feature Film Development MA

Pavan always knew that the gaming industry was for him, and BCU was the perfect place to start that journey. After completing a BSc in Video Game Digital Art and an MA in Feature Film Development, Pavan has gone on to thrive in his chosen sector, now working as a Character Artist where he provides gaming studios with quality character models and game-ready environments. 

Emma Shipley

Textile Design BA (Hons)

Emma followed her passion to study Textile Design and thrived in her course at BCU. After graduating, she launched her very own label, Emma J Shipley, selling luxury homeware and accessories, which has gone from strength to strength. 

Katherine Hogarth

Music Industries BA (Hons)

Katherine didn’t have the best impression of Birmingham before she visited, but now can’t imagine what her life would have been like if she hadn’t attended BCU. After graduating from her degree in Music Industries, she is now excelling in her chosen industry and working at 5B Artists and Media, who represent heavy metal royalty such as Slipknot, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium and many more.

Robert Crocker

Biomedical Engineering MEng

When Rob visited BCU for an Open Day, he knew this was the right place for him. After adapting to living independently and getting stuck into the course, he picked up some valuable skills that have led him to land a role in the Aerospace industry. 

Olivia Hodgson

Creative Writing MA

BCU wasn’t always on the cards for Olivia, who joined us through clearing. But after graduating in English and Creative Writing in 2016, Olivia returned to complete a Master’s in Creative Writing. Since then, Olivia has been shortlisted at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival and will have her debut poetry book published in 2022.

Mark Radford

PhD, Advance Practice Nursing PgDip, Nursing BSc (Hons)

Mark chose to study at BCU as it was one of the only university’s to offer a three-year Nursing degree at the time. After thriving in his course, Mark went onto excel in his chosen industry and is now Chief Nurse of Health Education England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England, as well as a Visiting Professor right here at BCU, and has recently received at CBE for his services to Nursing.

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Taher Shekhelarab

Construction Project Management MSc

Taher left his comfortable environment and job in Dubai to develop his knowledge of the construction industry. His postgraduate study has provided him with a global outlook and the knowledge to make a new start and succeed in the UK.

Anisah Vasta

English and Journalism BA (Hons)

Anisah took a worthwhile risk when she applied for her course during Clearing. Three years on, Anisah has excelled in her course, starting her career long before graduating. Now, she is giving underrepresented communities a voice at Birmingham Live. 

Alice Stewardson

Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

Alice never planned to go to university, but the chance to study alongside her full-time position popped up in her first job. After excelling in her degree, and being awarded the ‘Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor’ award, Alice is now working her way up in her chosen industry.

Claudine Tracey

Real Estate Management MSc

After studying a degree in English and Psychology, Claudine found herself working as a Personal Assistant for a property development company which sparked a deeper interest in the property industry. With support of her employer, she went back into education to change career direction and train in Real Estate Management.  

Vivean Pomell

Education MA

Vivean first came to BCU to gain a diploma in Social Work. When she was encouraged to further her education with a Master’s degree, she returned to BCU for its welcoming and familiar community. Vivean has since established her own business, Learn with Lolonyo, with BCU’s support.  

Imogen Webb

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

Being a keen Netball player herself, BCU’s Sports Therapy course felt like a natural step for Imogen. After embracing the course and landing herself a series of successful internships, Imogen is now stepping onto the career ladder in her first role at Swindon Town Women’s Football Club.

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Benjamin Culff

Video Game Design And Production BA (Hons), Video Game Enterprise, Production And Design MSc

Ben grew up playing video games, which led him to study courses dedicated to video game design, production and enterprise at BCU. Before arriving at BCU, Ben was struck by a cardiac arrest, which motivated him to succeed in his chosen industry. Whilst thriving on his chosen courses, Ben completed a placement at Lab42, a UK based game developer, where he now works as a Level Designer alongside spreading awareness of cardiac arrests and campaigning to make defibrillators accessible everywhere.

Jo Herriotts

BTEC National Diploma Art and Design (Design Crafts)

Jo always had a passion for crafts, but didn’t think the university experience was for her as she has dyslexia. But after realising how practical the course was, she soon signed up and embraced all that the university has to offer. Since graduation, Jo has set up her very own business, which has gone from strength to strength thanks to a strong client base.

Cal Henderson

Software Engineering BSc

Cal was already working in his chosen industry alongside his studies at BCU, but knew a degree would open even more doors for him. After graduating, he joined a start-up that went on to create Flickr. After Flickr was acquired by Yahoo, Cal and his team went on to set-up Slack, the leading instant messaging and collaboration platform. As a Co-Founder and CTO, his career has evolved in ways he couldn’t have ever imagined.

Sophie Johnson

Public Relations MA

After many successful years running her own PR agency in London, Sophie returned to BCU as a lecturer to share her industry experience about the world of fashion. She never expected to undertake a Master's, but working at BCU made her realise she wanted to explore the area further and excel at tutoring. 

Aniyah Butt

Media Production BA (Hons)

Aniyah’s love of the television industry led her to studying Media Production at BCU. After taking advantage of everything the course provided her, she walked straight into a job at a leading broadcasting company before she had even graduated and is now enjoying working as a VT Operator at a wide range of major UK events.

Ali Kazmi

Law LLB (Hons)

Ali was the first in his family to go to university, with the goal of becoming a lawyer. Now, Ali is a celebrated in Insider’s 42 entrepreneurs under 42 list with his two start-ups.

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Rhianna Levi

Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

Having a tough upbringing inspired Rhianna to work in education, so she could provide a safe space for people like her. Now, she’s working towards becoming a Doctor of Education and doing ground-breaking research that will improve mental health education in schools.

Steff Hanson

Media and Communication BA (Hons)

Education hasn’t always been easy for Steff, who has autism and often struggles with self-belief and confidence. When Steff chose BCU as her place to study, arrangements were put in place so that her support worker was able to attend lectures and seminars with Steff, and be there to support her throughout her degree.

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Regan Peggs

Legal Practice Course - Solicitor, advocate, and founder of Regan Peggs Solicitors

Regan joined BCU in 1998 to study an undergraduate Law degree. He then went on to study a postgraduate qualification with us, which set him up for a truly successful legal career. Regan now has his very own solicitors’ practice and is thriving within the profession.

Luke Stretton

Film Technology and Visual Effects BSc (Hons)

Luke always wanted to go into post-production and knew a degree would help him get there. The breadth of knowledge BCU gave him has led to him working multiple roles at Visual Effects company Bigtooth Studios, where he has worked on everything from Black Mirror to adverts for Coca Cola and Sky Sports.

Amy Francis-Smith

Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) - PgDip

Amy dreamt of becoming an Architect, but after being diagnosed with a rare life-threatening condition, she was forced to put her studies on hold. Thanks to the support and encouragement she received at BCU, Amy finally started her dream job after 12 years. She has since campaigned for more inclusive housing and accessible design, questioning why the world isn’t set up for disabled people, and how we can change that.

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Anne Edwards

Metal and Jewellery Arts MA

Anne wanted to study a postgraduate degree to explore her creativity and love for metalwork. She discovered her own style and with the support of staff at the School of Jewellery, started her own business that offers a unique experience to her customers.

Izzie Waller

Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons)

Izzie didn’t think university was for her, but after coming across the Speech and Language Therapy course, she knew what direction she wanted her life to go in. After thriving on the course and in her work placements, Izzie is now working as a Neuro Speech and Language Therapist and feels more ambitious than ever.

Jaspreet Singh

International Human Resource Management PhD

Jaspreet never thought he would ever get the chance to study in the UK, coming from a small village in the Punjab. Since joining BCU, Jaspreet has taken any and every opportunity he can, and worked to tackle discrimination in the city, now focusing on the issue through his PhD.

Jazz Shergill

Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism MA

During her time studying at BCU, Jazz wasn’t sure where her path would take her. After trying her hand at marketing, working on TV shows and graphic design, it became clear to Jazz that she wanted to specialise in journalism. After doing research into how to get a foot in the door, she soon found herself returning to BCU to hone in on her craft and complete a Master’s in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism. Now, Jazz is en route to success after securing a role at the BBC.

Izabella Varnai

Automotive Engineering BSc (Hons)

When Izabella took a placement at Toyota Motor Europe during her time completing an Automotive Engineering degree at BCU, she realised that manufacturing was where she wanted to be. Nowadays, she’s a Lead Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and is working on the production of cars for the future. 

Daniel White

Media & Communication BA (Hons)

Daniel’s love for events started when he visited the NEC for The Gadget Show Live in his teens, leading him to choose BCU to build on that passion, benefitting from our strong links within his chosen industry and ultimately leading him to work as an Account Manager at the very place where his journey began. 

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Sarah Bristol-Abbott

Black Studies MA

Before her master’s, Sarah didn’t think she was destined for success. Studying at BCU has given her the confidence to be her most authentic self and start a business that makes a difference to marginalised communities.

Kwame Boateng

Property Development and Planning BSc (Hons)

Kwame embraced his time at BCU and gained a wide range of transferable skills that he now uses daily in his role as an Entrepreneur. Since graduating, Kwame has founded his own company, Ingrained Oil, which he is working hard at to make it a market leader in the alcohol-free cosmetic industry. 

Mahdiyah Bandali

Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

After initially planning to study Medicine, Mahdiyah discovered Paramedic Science at BCU. After embracing everything that the course had to offer, including the opportunity to work in New Zealand, Mahdiyah threw herself into being a Paramedic. But Mahdiyah has had to face racism from both colleagues and patients and has made it her mission to highlight diversity and inclusion in her industry.  

Christiana Sodamola

Finance MSc

With her eyes set on setting up her own financial consultancy service, Christiana left her career in Nigeria in search of more skills and experience by studying a Master’s degree.

Tom Fair

Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism MA

Nostalgia writer at Birmingham Live, Tom Fair, decided BCU was the right place for him to do his postgraduate studies due to the standard of the media facilities and lecturers.

Sue Wu

Jewellery and Objects BA (Hons)

After discovering an interest in jewellery design, Sue chose BCU thanks to the impressive facilities at our School of Jewellery and its strong reputation. Nowadays, she’s juggling a Master’s degree whilst also creating jewellery for a Chinese brand. 

Morgan Grice

Illustration BA (Hons)

After discovering her talent of working incredibly well to briefs, Morgan decided that Illustration, and BCU, was the right choice for her. Nowadays, alongside a successful freelance career, Morgan has combined her artistic skills with her desire to be an entrepreneur and launched her very own stationary business Odd Orange.

James Willetts

Criminology, Policing and Investigation BA (Hons)

James always wanted to help people, and a desire to join the Police led him to study Policing and Criminology at BCU. After embracing the course and picking up the key skills he needed, James started his career at West Midlands Police, where he is now a Neighbourhood Officer for West Bromwich Town and is even the proud winner of a Pride of Britain Award. 

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Tyler Moore

Policing and Intelligence Analysis MSc

The negativity towards police in Tyler’s community inspired him to make a change in the world of policing. The knowledgeable staff at BCU inspired him to go into teaching so he can make a difference to young people and the criminal justice system.

Muhiz Ali

Social Work BSc (Hons)

Muhiz was inspired to study Social Work from a young age and arrived at BCU as the first one in his family to attend university. A decade after graduating, Muhiz has excelled in his chosen industry, now working as a qualified and experienced Social Worker in Birmingham, alongside supporting current students in their work placement opportunities.

Tayyib Mahmood

Film Production Technology BSc (Hons)

Tayyib almost didn’t go to university, but once he discovered BCU he never looked back. The Film Production Technology course shaped who he would become as a filmmaker, and straight out of university, he landed his dream job working on a blockbuster Hollywood film. Nowadays, he is excelling in his chosen industry whilst also making viral videos on TikTok

Khash Zarrin

Music Industries MA

Khash was headhunted to be Avid’s Global Demand Generation Marketing Manager after studying a postgraduate degree in Music Industries. With an end goal of one day working as a Global Director or Head of Department for the biggest worldwide music industry companies, Khash knew he had to take his research one step further by studying for a Master's.

Lincoln Hamilton

Horology BA (Hons)

Growing up, Lincoln was fascinated by clocks, but she presumed that the Horology trade would no longer exist. After doing some research, she came across the Horology degree course at BCU, and immediately applied. After embracing everything that the course had to offer as well as excelling in her new skills and experience, Lincoln is now working in her chosen industry as a Clock Cataloguer.

Carmen Aguilar García

Data Journalism MA

After a decade in the industry, Carmen decided to return to education to specialise in Data Journalism. After thriving on the course and making the most out of the opportunities that came her way, she went on to work for Sky and nowadays works as a Data Journalist for The Guardian.  

Meshaun De Silva

International MBA

Meshaun applied for our International MBA course to progress in his tourism career and gain more knowledge of the sector. Now, BCU has given him the tools he needed to start his very own tourism business. 

Tanisha Banik

Design Management MA

Tanisha came to BCU looking to unlock new career opportunities with a master's degree. After thriving on the course, Tanisha threw herself into her chosen industry, and is now making real difference as a UX Researcher and Strategist. 

Jess Wythe

Professional Doctorate in Education EdD

When Jess started her undergraduate studies as an Education student at BCU, she didn’t have the confidence to believe she was good enough to study at postgraduate level. Now, her doctoral research is making positive changes to Special Educational Needs policy and practice and her confidence in her work and ability grows every day.

Ross Watson

Media & Communication BA (Hons)

Ross excelled in his course at BCU and enjoyed a wide range of work experience opportunities, making him industry ready when he graduated. Nowadays, he leads the way for PR and communications for the NEC venue, where he gets to work on everything from concerts to Crufts.  

Shelby O’Brien

Marketing BA (Hons)

After embracing everything that BCU and the Marketing course had to offer, Shelby landed her dream placement at a leading global exhibitions company. After graduating, Shelby soon secured a full-time role at the same company, where she now manages high profile clients and travels the world to work at major international events.

Paige Jones

Cardiac Care (Professional Practice)

After studying her undergraduate degree in operating department practice (ODP), Paige had a passion to develop her specialism further within her role as anaesthetic ODP in cardiac theatres. So she started our professional practice course in cardiac care, and has been excelling in her role since with a boost in confidence.

Leah Spencer

Digital Forensics BSc (Hons)

Leah always had a passion for computing growing up and is continuing to follow that passion as she prepares to graduate. After a successful placement year at Boohoo, Leah has already returned to the leading fashion retailer for graduate role as a Java Developer.

Jacob Lister

Business Information Technology BSc (Hons)

Jacob’s year-long work placement alongside his degree gave him the opportunity to gain real-life experience, as well as getting him career ready after graduating. Nowadays, he works as an DevOps Engineer and working his way up the industry ladder.  

Natasha Bloor

Forensic Psychology MSc

After five years working in forensic psychology settings, Natasha decided to return to education and completed the MSc Forensic Psychology course at BCU. Completing the course alongside full-time work was hard for Natasha, but the course allowed her to take her research skills to the next level. She is now completing a PhD whilst working as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist, thanks to the skills she picked up at BCU.  

Emily Drewett

Acting BA (Hons)

Emily always knew she had a passion for acting, but didn’t know that she could study it on her doorstep. After finding out more about the course, Emily returned to sixth form to complete her A Levels and got a place on BCU’s Acting Foundation course. Finally, Emily secured her spot on the Acting BA (Hons) course and graduated. Nowadays, Emily is working her way across our screens from Netflix to BBC, with an exciting future ahead of her.

Gabriella Broadley

Jewellery and Objects BA (Hons)

After returning to education to pursue her passion for jewellery, Gabriella is now the School of Jewellery’s Artist in Residence and Diversity Champion, committed to breaking down barriers to jewellery making.

Poppy Surplice

Events, Venue and Experience Management BA (Hons)

Poppy always knew that the events industry would be the direction for her. After excelling in her degree and completing a wide range of successful work experience opportunities, Poppy is now managing high-scale events and large international conferences and trips in her role as an Events Project Coordinator. 

Nathan Scott Dunn

Acting BA (Hons)

After being rejected from drama school for four years in a row, Nathan had the perseverance and drive to eventually make the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire his home. Nathan is now on the road to stardom with his already hugely successful show ‘1902’ paving an exciting path for the Actor.

Rachel Edwards

Sociology BA (Hons)

Escaping an abusive relationship at a young age has fuelled Rachel’s ambitions to help others. Her determination and self-belief has led her to a senior role at The Prince’s Trust and even bagging an invite to the then HRH Prince of Wales' birthday party!

Jagdip Nahal

Quantity Surveying MSc

Upon completing a degree in Chemistry, Jagdip was unsure as to how he could transition into a career in the construction industry. However, after applying to study a Master’s in Quantity Surveying at BCU, he was able to gain the necessary skills and experiences required to become noticed in this sector. BCU’s career support helped Jagdip to take his next steps to reaching his goal, and he is currently excelling in his role as a Quantity Surveyor at Vinci Facilities.

Tim Johnson

Fashion Design BA (Hons)

After dropping out in his first year at a London university, Tim wasn’t sure if he would ever study again. But after being inspired to explore his creative side, Tim returned to the Midlands and joined BCU. After thriving on the Fashion Design course, Tim founded his own manufacturing company. Now, he is designing and manufacturing his very own brand of backpacks with the skills he picked up during his time at BCU.

Izzie Arrowsmith

Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices MA

Izzie returned to education to pursue her passion for art by enrolling in BCU's Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices MA program, where she gained invaluable support, resources, and skills, leading to her current role as Commercial Development Coordinator at Stryx Gallery. 

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Aamira Khan

Garment Technology MA

Aamira was working in the fashion industry when she realised garment technology was where her interests lay. She embarked on a master’s course at BCU and found herself equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a garment technician and be recognised as one to watch in the fashion industry.

Haseebah Ali

Visual Communication (Illustration) BA (Hons)

Haseebah’s creative passions led her to specialise in Illustration at BCU. After excelling in her course and embracing the resources available to her, she has been able to forge an exciting career as an artist and educator.  

Becky Read

English and Media BA (Hons)

When deciding what to study at university, Becky knew that she loved both English and Media and found a degree at BCU that offered both. Now, she’s a PR and Communications Executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. 

Jodie Tipper

Media and Communication BA (Hons)

Coming from a small town, Jodie didn’t always know what opportunities were out there for her. But by throwing herself into work experience and internships during her degree, Jodie not only excelled at university, but also managed to get a job in her chosen sector under her belt months before graduating. Now, Jodie is going from strength to strength in the world of PR.

Grace Duval

Fashion Business and Promotion BA (Hons)

After her original goal of becoming a history teacher didn’t work out, Grace followed her passion for fashion and has already landed her dream role at luxury retailer Kurt Geiger as she prepares to graduate.

Paul Smith

Primary Education BA (Hons)

Studying at BCU has moulded Paul into the passionate teacher he is today. Now six years into his teaching career, he lives in the boundless joy of shaping young minds. He credits this to the nurturing foundation provided by BCU for his impactful journey.

Simon Cauvain

Social Work BSc (Hons)

After arriving at BCU as a mature student, Simon thrived on the Social Work course and in his work placement opportunities. After graduating, he progressed in his academic career, completing a PhD, and working as a Lecturer in Social Work. Nowadays, Simon is Head of Department of Social Work, Care and Community at Nottingham Trent University, thanks to the skills he picked up at BCU.

Jamie Bryson

Nursing - Adult BSc (Hons)

Jamie wasn’t sure if university would be right for him as he’s much more practical than academic. But he was keen to jump into his lifelong dream career of being a nurse, and knew that university was one of the best ways to get a foot in the door of his chosen industry. After succeeding in his degree and throwing himself into work experience opportunities, Jamie is now thriving in his role of Critical Care Outreach Practitioner and quickly working his way up the ranks.

Chris Proctor

Jazz Saxophone BMus (Hons)

Whilst studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Chris was inspired by how the music industry works, and how he could contribute to it from a business perspective. After making the most out of the internship that he founded with Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Chris took his combined music and event experience to B:Music, the charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, and has worked his way up the ladder to become the Head of Programme, where he now brings established artists and major events to our city.

Johnathan Williams

Media and Communication BA (Hons)

Johnathan’s exciting career as being a Photographer to the stars kicked off within weeks of graduating. Thanks to the experience he picked up at BCU, as well as his excellent networking skills, Jonathan is thriving in his career as a freelance photographer, videographer and TikTok content creator and is now working with huge names in the entertainment industry, from Maya Jama to Cardi B.  

Jacob Worthington

Horology BA (Hons)

Growing up with a passion for watches soon led Jacob to BCU’s Horology degree. After excelling on the course and celebrating multiple achievements, Jacob landed his dream job as a Quality Control Watchmaker for Rolex, where he is now working alongside the very best in the Horology industry.

Caitlan de Escofet

Forensic Psychology MSc

Caitlan discovered Forensic Psychology whilst completing her undergraduate degree, and knew it was the perfect route for her. She thrived on the course at BCU and started work before she had even completed her degree. Now, she is on track to becoming a qualified Forensic Psychologist. 

Clair Graham

Social Work BSc (Hons)

Clair left school with no qualifications and due to having criminal offences on her record, her journey wasn’t ever going to be an easy one. But after doing voluntary work and securing a role as a Social Work Assistant, Clair decided to return to education, choosing to study Social Work at BCU. Now, she is the Head of Service for Contextual Safeguarding at Birmingham Children’s Trust and continues to inspire the next generation of social workers with her extraordinary story.

Laura Gee

Psychology PhD

Laura thought that the rest of her life was set out in front of her; with a wife, a child and her own hairdressing business. However, a health scare made her reassess what she wanted in life, and decided to take a leap of faith and go to university. Now studying for her PhD, she has already started teaching other students at BCU alongside her research.