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We continue to be inspired by our alumni. Each month, we highlight a selection of your achievements to share with our community. 

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February 2024

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Line Break imageDr Peter Appleton (Psychology, St John's College & St Cuthbert's Society, 1967-70) will be releasing new book 'What Matters and Who Matters to Young People Leaving Care' in Spring 2024.

Line Break imageDr Nigel Aston (History, St Cuthbert's Society, 1976-79; current member of Hatfield College SCR) has published 'Enlightened Oxford: The University and the Cultural and Political Life of Eighteenth-Century Britain and Beyond'.

Line Break imageDr Emma Black (BA in Business Finance, John Snow College, 2005-08; MSc in Finance & Investment, Ustinov College, 2008-09; PhD in Accounting & Finance, Ustinov College, 2009-14) has become the new President of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment North East Committee. 

Line Break imageJack Edwards (English Literature, St Cuthbert's Society, 2017-20) is the subject of a profile for his work within the 'StudyTube' community on YouTube for his engaging, informative content focusing on academic study, productivity and university life as the self-proclaimed resident librarian of the internet. 

Line Break imageCallum Elson (History, Collingwood College, 2017-20) qualified for the GB squad and was selected as captain for the European Cross Country Championships in Brussels in December 2023.

Line Break imageGabriel Francis-Dehqani (Music, University College, 2018-21) has won the fourth edition of the International Contemporary Music Interpretation Competition (article in Italian).

Line Break imageDr Zulkifli Hasan (PhD in Government & International Affairs, Ustinov College, 2008-11) takes on the position of Religious Affairs Deputy Minister in Malaysia.

Line Break imageTess Howard (Geography, University College, 2017-22), who plays hockey for Team GB, has spoken to Olympics.com about her dissertation and how it has led to a 'kit revolution' in hockey.

Line Break imageDr Joanne Johnson (Geology, Hatfield College, 1995-98) was named as a recipient of the prestigious Polar Medal in the King's New Year Honours List 2023. The Polar Medal is awarded to a small number of individuals who have given outstanding achievement and service to the UK in the field of polar research each year. Joanne received her medal from Princess Anne at Windsor Castle in an investitute ceremony on 24 October 2023. She is the 21st woman to be awarded this medal of over 900 recipients.

Line Break imageSindhura Kalyanam (MBA, Ustinov College, 2019-20) has launched new YouTube channel, AnalytixSync, which has as its objective unravelling often unnoticed mysteries and insights across a wide range of spheres, from uncovering hidden destinations, to financial round-ups from across the world and FIFA World Rankings.

Line Break imageThomas Lister (Economics, University College, 1973-76) takes over as CEO of Global Ship Lease, an independent owner of containerships, after having held numerous senior executive roles since the company's establishment in 2007. 

Line Break imageProfessor Roger Little (BA in French, 1964; PhD in French, Hatfield College, 1970) celebrates the milestone 200th volume of his series of books 'Autrement Mêmes', which focuses on texts representing 'Other' peoples, especially those colonised by the French. The collection marked its 20th anniversary in 2021 with an interview with Roger (article and interview in French).

Line Break imageAmbika Mod (English Literature, St Mary's College, 2014-17) has been named as one of OK Magazine's women to watch in 2024.

Line Break imageRevd Canon Daniel O'Connor (English, University College, 1951-54) has published 'India and the End of Empire: Selected Writings of Daniel O'Connor', containing an introduction to his many writings throughout his career.

Line Break imageMatthew Stafford (Software Engineering, St Cuthbert's Society, 2003-06) co-authored 'Find Your 9others' alongside Katie Lewis last year, building on the success of the 9others network the duo founded in 2011. The network now consists of 5,000+ entrepreneurs in over 45 cities around the world. 'Find your 9others' focuses on questions to ask yourself as you start and scale your own start-up, and contains stories and insights that Matthew has learned since founding the network.

Line Break imageDr Leonidas Tzonis (MSc in Finance & Investment, Graduate Society, 1998-99; PG Certificate in Higher Education, Graduate Society, 2005; staff member in the Department of Economics, 2002-06) has been awarded the Office of Archon Ostiarios (Office of Lord Host) at the Patriarchal Church.

Line Break imageJack Williams (Law, University College, 2008-11) is the joint winner of the prestigious Fred Ebb award for song-writing.

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