A Birmingham family tree

Posted on Wednesday 15th September 2010

abirminghamfamilytreeChoosing a university wasn’t difficult for Kathryn Bonham (BSc Psychology, 2010), with the memories of her father and grandparents, all Birmingham alumni, to inspire her.

Kathryn’s father, Lee Bonham (BSc Physics, 1980), and both her grandparents from her mother’s side, Kenneth Stark (MSc Electrical Engineering, 1955) and Patricia Stark (née Lord) (BCom Social Studies, 1954), all attended Kathryn’s graduation in July, and look back on their time at Birmingham with fondness.

‘I was the first girl in my school wanting to go to university to study social science. I got no careers advice, but found what Birmingham had to offer very stimulating,’ says Patricia.

Kenneth says: ‘My dearest memory was meeting Patricia, first of all on the tennis courts, and then in the union hop that evening.’

The University’s beautiful setting and flexible learning options attracted Lee to study at Birmingham. ‘I remember having great fun at the Guild, editing the student paper and taking part in debates in the Union,’ he says.

Looking back on her time at Birmingham, Kathryn says: ‘I feel ready to graduate but have enjoyed my university experience very much. I love the campus; it’s beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Selly Oak is a fun place to live in and I think I will miss living so near to friends next year.’

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