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Phil - Inspiring Generations

Phil

Assistant Head Teacher, Ark Victoria Academy

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Due to money worries, Phil wasn't sure he could afford to study at university, but he knew he belonged in the classroom and had to have a degree to achieve his dream career. Just four years after graduating, Phil now works in an assistant leadership position where he’s able to make a real impact and help young people succeed.

Obed - Building Future Spaces

Obed

Graduate Public Health Engineer at HDR

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Obed grew up admiring the modern, functional buildings in his home city of London and dreamt of contributing to the building of future spaces. Thanks to the on-site experience and knowledge he gained at BCU, he was offered three engineering jobs before graduating. He’s now an essential part of a global engineering firm that’s known for its smart infrastructure.

Jacob - Crafting Luxury

Jacob

QC Watchmaker – Rolex UK

BA (Hons) Horology

It can be daunting to study something new at university, but Jacob knew that it was necessary to find a career that would fulfil his need to work with his hands and solve problems. BCU’s Horology degree has allowed Jacob to secure a role at one of the world's most prestigious watchmakers, before he'd even completed the course.

Sophie - Unearthing Talent

Sophie

Founder and CEO of Black Owned Birmingham

BA (Hons) Business Administration/ MSc Management and Entrepreneurship

Sophie’s passion for business led her to complete both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at BCU, before setting up her business Black Owned Birmingham, which is now the second largest black business and community network within the UK. Her work to develop the business community has seen her win several awards for her social and community activism.

Claire - Saving Lives

Claire

GP Nurse

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Claire didn’t have a straightforward journey to university, as bad grades and self-doubt made her think she couldn’t be a nurse. After overcoming hurdles, gaining experience and increasing her confidence, Claire has been able to achieve well beyond what she ever thought possible.  She is not only a registered nurse and a published author but has also become an advocate for transgender patients in the healthcare sector.

Nadia - Powering Play

Nadia

Junior Engine Programmer at Rare

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

Nadia wanted to study a subject that both interested her and gave her good career prospects. BCU’s Computer Games Technology course provided the experience she needed to excel in the games industry, securing a full-time job in the industry after completing her placement year.

Andre - Reshaping Neighbourhoods

Andre

Founder and CEO of KIONDO

BA (Hons) Architecture

BCU gave Andre the skills and confidence he needed to be a successful architect and entrepreneur. His business, KIONDO, is changing his local community by providing a creative space for local entrepreneurs and innovators who want to give back to society.

Jonathan - Capturing Moments

Jonathan

Freelance Photographer

BA (Hons) Media and Communication

Jonathan’s exciting career as 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.

India - Eliminating Threats

India

Assistant Vice President of Threat Intelligence for a leading UK Bank

BA (Hons) Criminology

India was drawn to BCU because of its experienced lecturers and unique course content which allowed her to pursue a fulfilling career in security and intelligence. She’s captured fugitives on Channel 4’s ‘Hunted’, provided aid to the people of Ukraine and now eliminates threats for a leading UK bank.

Abbie - Following Dreams

Abbie

Freelance Illustrator, Founder of Abbie Severn Illustration

BA (Hons) Illustration

Abbie thrived on her illustration course, taking inspiration from the city’s creative quarter of Digbeth to produce stunning artwork. Shortly after graduating, she hosted an exhibition of her work, and her signature colourful style has since become a staple of Birmingham’s creative community.

Jamie - Saving Lives

Jamie

NHS Senior Critical Care Nurse

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Jamie was underestimated in school due to being less academic than other students, but challenges didn't stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a Critical Care Nurse. BCU provided Jamie with the foundation to be a caring and strategic professional who puts his patients at the forefront of everything he does.

Haseebah - Unlocking Creativity

Haseebah

Artist and Arts Educator

BA (Hons) Illustration

Haseebah faced negative opinions about her choice to pursue a career in Art, but this only motivated her. After finding her passion for printmaking, Haseebah now passes on her artistic skills to others through arts education in the community and has proudly exhibited her culturally significant work at Saatchi Gallery and Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery.

Savannah - Elevating Performance

Savannah

PhD Researcher and Lecturer

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Savannah thought her future involved a career in competitive sport, when that no longer became an option, she began to consider how she could still have an impactful career in the world of sport. After being encouraged by her tutors at BCU to pursue PhD study, Savannah is now contributing important research to the world of sport, supporting athletes to thrive.

Lauren - Defending the Public

Lauren

Trainee Solicitor at Higgs LLP

Law LLB and Masters in Legal Practice (LPC)

Lauren wanted to study the law to make a real change in people’s lives. She embraced all the opportunities available to her at BCU, including volunteering at BCU’s Law Clinic. This experience motivated her to undertake a postgraduate degree after her studies, and she is now on her way towards her dream career after securing a competitive training contract as a trainee solicitor.

Brona - Styling for Success

Brona

Fashion Stylist at Gymshark

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication

Brona wanted to use her creativity and fashion sense to build a successful career. BCU’s Fashion Branding and Communication course helped her push herself and become a great stylist. She now works in her dream role as a Fashion stylist at Birmingham-born multinational company Gymshark.

Pete - Fighting Cybercrime

Pete

Cyber Security Analyst

BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics

After completing a placement with Cheshire Police during his degree, Pete was inspired to use his digital forensics skills to help solve crime. He went on to become a Digital Forensics Investigator for the Greater Manchester Police, receiving both a Judge’s and Chief Constable's Commendation for his role in a high-profile criminal case. He has continued to use his skills to investigate cybercrime, detecting and responding to cyberattacks.

Charlotte - Changing the Landscape

Charlotte

Senior Quantity Surveyor – Severn Trent Water

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

People tried to tell Charlotte to study a typically female-dominated subject at university, but she wanted to break the norm. Studying in Birmingham allowed Charlotte valuable work experience when she began her Quantity Surveying degree and she has since gone on to a Senior position working on HS2, just a few years after graduating.

Ross - Inspiring Experiences

Ross

PR Manager at Alton Towers

BA (Hons) Media and Communication

Ross took every opportunity at BCU to develop his CV, taking on freelance writing work for music magazines and a weekly football column for the Birmingham Mail. His enthusiasm for his subject and passion for experiences has seen him progress quickly to a senior level at the UK’s biggest theme park.

Jaques - Designing the City

Jaques

Design Manager at HS2 Ltd

BA (Hons) Architecture

Jac wanted to use his creativity to improve the built environment but struggled to find a clear career path. Since then, he has worked on many projects across housing, commercial, transport, arts and the community. He now manages the design development of HS2, a major project in the city’s landscape. His passion for his field has motivated him to lead workshops with students across Birmingham who want to become Architects.