Alumni stories

Alumni stories

Churchill College
Keith Paton (Churchill 1963) ponders the nature of public and private success.
Lucy Cavendish College
Shazia Afzal (Lucy Cavendish 2009) describes how investigating inequality in second language learning led to setting up her own school for underprivileged children.
Shanya celebrating Diwali (left) and at the backs (right).
Studying for the Cambridge Master of Law (LLM) inspired Shanya Ruhela (St Edmund's 2016) to pursue her dreams, and move from the private sector into academia.
Kachi and Hughes Hall
Kachi Ginigeme (Hughes Hall 2012) shares how a scholarship made studying at Cambridge possible and helped to open doors at leading law firms.
Geoffrey and Fleur Winter
Geoffrey Winter (Corpus 1940) served in the Second World War during his undergraduate years at Cambridge. He shares his alumni story.
Alexandros Pamnani and Darwin College
Alexandros Pamnani (Darwin 2015) shares how he went from dropping out of school to working for the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.
Left: Sarah Laitung and Zahra Husain. Right: Jesus College
Sarah Laitung (Jesus 2003) co-founder of Humans in Finance (HIF), explains how she’s working to change the world of finance for the better.
Sumita speaking at the Trinity College celebration of the admittance of female students, May 2008. Sumita and Chater.
Sumita Singha (Trinity 1988) describes coming to the UK to study at Cambridge in the 80s, including being the first woman to wear a sari for graduation.
(Top-left) Alison flying; (Bottom-left) Alison as a Meteorologist; (Right) Alison in Antarctica
Alison Davies (Churchill 2010) was surprised to discover that a degree in Natural Sciences could lead to an unconventional career working as an operational meteorologist for the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Ekbal and Pembroke College
Ekbal Hussain (Pembroke 2008) describes how his passion for geosciences led to him working for the British Geological Survey. Today he studies earthquake movements to help understand the risks from future shocks to low-income countries.
Simon and Danielle outside Fitzwilliam College
Simon Chan (Fitzwilliam 2002) and Danielle Ainsworth-Patrick (Fitzwilliam 2007) are Collegiate Shag teachers with Cambridge Swing Dance. We spoke with them to find out about life after graduation and how they discovered dance.
Kai and David
We spoke to Kai Yuen Wong (Fitzwilliam 2002) and David Peace (St Catharine's 1966) to find out more about their lifelong passion for volunteering.
Queens' College and Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford (Queens' 2012) shares how he’s using social media to make maths fun and accessible to everyone.
Trinity Hall and Vivian
Scientist-turned-entrepreneur Vivian Chan (Trinity Hall 2007) explains the thinking behind setting up a scientific discovery search engine.
Trinity College and Andrew
Andrew Lorey (Trinity 2015) describes how the opportunities and experiences he gained at Cambridge were vital to securing a job at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i.
Victoria and Newnham College
Victoria Kimonides (Newnham 1993) explains why she’s passionate about representing alumni as part of the Alumni Advisory Board.
Charlotte Green and Robinson College
Charlotte Green (née Cook, Robinson 2008) shares how taking a risk and trusting her instincts paid off in establishing a career in digital marketing.
Michelle Le Cheminant and Newnham College gardens
Michelle Le Cheminant (Newnham 2003) has always had wanderlust and today is supporting the training of Zambian anaesthetists.
Rowing
Diego Oliveira Sanchez (St Edmund’s 2013) shares how discovering rowing at Cambridge was a turning point, impacting all areas of life.
John Friedman
Anthropologist John Friedman (Darwin 1998) describes how field work opened his eyes to the implications of visual impairment in low income countries. Today he’s part of a charity working to help close the visual divide.
Sam Sudar in front of the Senate House
Sam Sudar (St John's 2011) explains that studying an eclectic combination of subjects helped him discover his true passion. Today he’s developing an app for a global health project.
Promise Knight (St Catharine's 2007) with a photograph of St Catharine's College
Drawing from her own experiences, Promise Knight (St Catharine's 2007) realised how much mentoring can change a person’s life. Today she has set up her own foundation to mentor young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Esuna outside the UN headquarters in New York.
Since childhood Esuna Dugarova (Churchill 2005) was driven to learn more and see the world. Today she is working for the UN in New York and inspiring girls to pursue their aspirations, while remembering their roots in today's globalised world.
Vinayak Dalmia (left) with Darwin College (right)
Vinayak Dalmia (Darwin 2006) explains how he was inspired through his studies at Cambridge to find a solution to some of India’s healthcare needs. This lead to the development of an 'Uber-like' ambulance app.
Pembroke College (left) and Christopher Dobbing (right)
Christopher Dobbing (Pembroke 2008) explains how his entrepreneurial journey started at Cambridge.
Maria Moorwood
Maria Moorwood (Emmanuel 1997) describes how she forged a career working in the Arts.
Felicity Rutland with the 2016 Lightweight squad
Felicity Rutland (née Oates, Girton 1968) shares the joy of opening up her home to Cambridge rowers.
Eloise
Eloise Skinner (Murray Edwards 2010) describes her journey from growing up in a council estate in London’s East End to working for a leading law firm. Today she’s helping other young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential.
Christopher Pavlou
In search of making a tangible impact on people’s lives, Christopher Pavlou (Jesus 2009) shares how he took the leap from working for a multi-national company to joining a start-up.
Katie Paddock and Corpus Christi College
Going to university was something Katie Paddock (Corpus 2006) had never even considered until, encouraged by the enthusiasm of her Head of Sixth Form, she submitted an application and held her breath.
Sebastian Manhart and a corridor at Queens' College
Sebastian Manhart (Queens' 2014) explains why he turned down working for the UN in favour of a non-profit tech start-up.
Jessica and her mum, Joanna, on graduation day
Jessica Labhart (Homerton 2008) was the first person in her family to go to university. She describes her experiences of application, interview, studies, graduation and career.