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Guest editor

Guest editor Rosie Critchlow (BA Hispanic Studies 2002; MPhil Hispanic Studies, 2004), Disability Strategy Adviser for the Government’s Minister for Disabled People, shares her thoughts on the publication.

B15 faces

What one thing would you take with you to a desert island? 15 alumni tell Old Joe what single thing they couldn't do without.

Reflections: Dr Rodolfo Neri-Vela

Astronaut, scientist, author and the first Mexican to travel to space (PhD Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1979).

My favourite books

S J Watson (BSc Physics, 1992) is author of the international bestseller Before I Go to Sleep, now a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. His new book Second Life is out in 2015.

Keeping UoB in the family

Family connections to Birmingham were the overriding theme of the messages Old Joe received following the March edition...

Prized possessions give glimpse into history

Old Joe takes a step back to campus life more than 70 years ago.

Inspired to care

Social worker and Alumna of the Year Amanda Beaufoy (BA English/History, 2000; MA Social Work, 2010; OccUG Social Work with Children,Young People and Families, 2013) is on the front line of child protection.

Remember Birmingham

From advancing innovative research to developing the beautiful campus or supporting the next generation of students, the University has benefited from people remembering the institution in their wills throughout its 100-year history.

The Supermarket Scientist

In an increasingly competitive retail environment, Mike Coupe (BSc Physics,1982) believes making Sainsbury’s different is essential.

Honorary graduates

Seventeen outstanding individuals and alumni received honorary degrees in July 2014.