You are amazing

Through sporting achievements, scientific discoveries, creativity and determination, our alumni have performed some truly remarkable feats.

 Sir Paul Nurse


BSc Biology, 1970; HonDSc, 1998

The eminent geneticist Sir Paul Nurse was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his cell discoveries. His work has led to the development of life-saving cancer treatments and medicines.

FACT: At the age of 57, Sir Paul discovered that the women he thought was his sister was in fact his mother when applying for a US Green Card.

 John TedstromJohn-Tedstrom

PhD Russian and East European Studies, 1994

As the former CEO of the Global Business Coalition for Health, John encouraged private sector companies to re-invest their resources to combat diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

FACT: John has launched a new business helping companies strengthen their diversity policies to advance human rights and build stronger communities around the world.

Justice Michelle AranaJustice-Arana

 LLM in Commercial Law, 2004

Justice Arana was appointed the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Belize in 2006. Previously, she was Registrar General and Registrar of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Belize since 1998.

FACT: Justice Arana has served on Belize's National Women's Commission.

Pam Relph MBEPamela-Relph-and-team-gold-2012

BSc Physics, 2011

Despite only taking up rowing in 2010, Pam has won a string of international medals including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the mixed coxed four event.

FACT: Pam captained the University's cheerleading squad, the Birmingham Pussycats.
Michael Actin Smith OBEMichael-Acton-Smith-web

BSc Geography, 1996; DUniv,1996

Michael is the creator of Moshi Monsters, an online world of animated characters that boasts more than 50 million users.

FACT: Michael recieved an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours. For a full list of alumni awarded Queens Honours om 2013-14, see the September edition of Old Joe.


Nominate your top ten

Can you helps us celebrate the impact that staff, students and alumni have had on society? With eight Noble Prize winners among former staff and students and world leading research on everything from the Big Bang to Shakespeare, Birmingham research continues to change lives.

The University needs your nominations for a new top ten list of the alumni, staff and students who have had a profound impact through their research.

Visit to cast your vote- you can even nominate yourself! We'll reveal the final list in your next edition og Old Joe