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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Joel Hall

Composition - MA

After completing an undergraduate degree at his local university, Joel was unsure what his next step would be and despite working in education for a short while, the graduate was keen to create and do something more. Joel joined the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and since graduating with an MA, his career has gone from strength to strength, from creating magical musical books, hosting large-scale immersive events and continuing to compose and perform.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 to 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Now, Jake is excelling in his career at Ralph Lauren and leading campaigns for millions across Europe.

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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 already managing high-scale events for the Department for International Trade, securing the role months before graduating.

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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.

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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 on route to success after securing a role at news channel ‘GB News’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 HRH The Prince of Wales' birthday party!

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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.

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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 in 2020. Nowadays, Emily is working her way across our screens from Netflix to BBC, with an exciting future ahead of her.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Matthew Hill

Fine Art (MA)

After completing both a BA and Masters in Fine Art, as well as a PGCE (PCET) 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.

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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.

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