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David Fletcher (BSc Chemistry 1970)

I spent my first working life as an  accountant, but have now found my  true calling – as a writer of dubious  humour. Please do visit my website  at  where you will find not a test-tube or  a ledger in sight, but just a selection  of humorous sci-fi and travel books  (one of which does make a referenceto solid-state chemistry).

Jean Summers neé Little (BA French and German studies 1975)

After my daughter grew up, I fulfilled a long-held wish and trained and  worked as an actor. This eventually led  to me becoming a Birmingham student  again, doing a part-time Shakespeare  and Theatre MA at the Shakespeare  Institute. It was rather scary to be  writing essays again after such a long  time, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  Very best wishes to the linguists of  1975 and old friends from High/Ridge  Halls 1971 to ‘73.

Anita Greenwood (BSc Biological Sciences, 1975; PGCE 1976)

After graduation I taught in Berkshire for seven years, before moving to the  US with my husband Tim Greenwood  (MEng Electrical Engineering, 1975;  MSci Computer Sciences, 1976). After  receiving my doctorate in education,  I became a faculty member at the  University of Massachusetts Lowell.  I am now Dean of Education and look  forward to visiting Birmingham’s School  of Education in the near future.

Michael Schwartz (BA Ancient and Modern Greek, 1976)

I am now totally freelance, mainly writing articles for the business press.  I am Toronto University’s go-to guy  for teaching Modern Greek to those  Torontonian Greeks who have slipped  through the linguistic net, or non-Greeks who want to know what their  future in-laws are saying about them.  My wife Hazel and I are preparing a rail  trip from Beijing to Moscow – not the  same as the 61 bus to Manor House! 

Dr John Wallace (MSc Clinical Psychology, 1977)

After Psychology at Birmingham, I went back to college to study medicine.  This was followed by research at the  Maudsley Hospital in London. Having  finished an MSc at Wadham College,  Oxford, I am currently lucky enough  to be completing a PhD at Oxford  in evidence-based medicine.


Martin D Hyden (BSc Chemistry, 1983)

Since leaving Birmingham, I have built up a wide-ranging European patent  practice. In January 2014, I became a  partner in the new London office of  Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett  & Dunner, LLP, one of the world’s  largest intellectual property law firms.

Colette Redmond neé Waldron (BSocSc History and Social Science, 1984)

My son Benedict Redmond (BA Philosophy, 2013) graduated from  Birmingham in July 2013 with a 2:1  degree and I thoroughly enjoyed  revisiting campus while he was  studying there. My daughter Ciara  started in sixth form last autumn and  she is also keen to follow in our  footsteps and study at Birmingham.

Pamela Mykytowych (BSocSc Social Policy and Social Work, 1985)

After spending two-and-a-half years living in Singapore, during which time  my husband and I explored South  East Asia, we have now moved on  to live in Taiwan for a while.


Lisa Chen (LLB Law, 1992)

I have been promoted to council at global law firm Davis Polk, working  in the Litigation Department, resident  in Hong Kong. My practice focuses  primarily on advising the financial  services industry on contentious  regulatory matters, including regulatory  investigations and enforcement.

Wendy Jones neé Grist (MBChB Medicine, 1994)

Having stopped work to have a family several years ago, I have swapped  the stethoscope for the pen.  My first book, The Songbird and  the Soldier, is available to download  now and expected to arrive in  paperback in the near future. Visit and I am married to Dr Andy Jones  (MBChB Medicine, 1994), and we live  in Herefordshire with our two boys.


Richard Campbell (BSc Applied and Environmental Geology, 2000)

I’m currently teaching GCSE science resits at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form  College, hoping to teach geology from  next year. I’ve been married for four  years to Laura (also a teacher) and  have a two-year-old son, Lucas.

Russell Norris (BA Ancient History and Archaeology/English, 2001)

After graduation, I chose to write for a living. From 2002–2012, I served  as a marketing copywriter for various  London-based companies (QVC:  The Home Shopping Channel, AOL,  Sony PlayStation). In 2012, I became  a freelance copywriter and in 2013,  I had my first novel published.  You can find out more about my  book online:

Rachel-Kim Dallimore neé Kenneway (BSc Physiotherapy, 2006)

I am a Principal Physiotherapist at Alexandra Hospital in Singapore. I wasrecently posted to The Alfred Hospital  in Melbourne to observe in their  world-renowned trauma unit, and was  assigned to shadow Sara Calthorpe  (née Scott) (BSc Physiotherapy, 2001).  With the University in common we got  on straight away and it was great to  share stories of our time at Birmingham.

Haytham Abushaban (MBA International Business, 2008)

I was selected last September to participate on an International Visitor  Leadership Program (IVLP), USA  Entrepreneurship and Business  Management – Multi Regional Program,  by the US State Department,  representing my country.


Jenny Dudden (BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 2010)

Since graduating I’ve been fortunate to fall straight into the world of theatre;  with work experience at the Royal  Opera House, touring as ASM on  Goodnight Mister Tom, along with  a stint at The Royal Shakespeare  Company. Since then I have joined  Milton Keynes Theatre as a full-time  Stage and Flys Technician and will be  getting married later this year! The  changes since graduating highlight  how fast time can fly!


Paul Clarkson (BSc Physics, 2009; MSc Physics, 2010)

I worked for Rolls-Royce for three years and am currently doing a PhD in Nanotechnology at Cambridge. I’ve written a comedy  play Death Ship 666!, which moved back to London after a  sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival. I also won an award at the  Global Grand Challenge Summit, presented by singer and  Dr Charles Elachi, Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Hannah Kerrigan (BA Social Work, 2010)

I am Philanthropy Manager for Sanctuary Retreats, a grouping of Luxury Safari  Lodges based in Africa. I head  community development work varying  from health initiatives and educational  development to infrastructure.

Ummi Mansor (BSc Chemistry, 2011)

I'm now a lecturer of Chemistry.

Heri Wahyu Maryanto (MSc Computer Science, 2013)

My year at the University was very valuable and memorable. Graduating  from the best computer science school  in the UK is an advantage to my career  now and in the future. I’m currentlyworking in Bank Rakyat Indonesia.

Alex Whiteley (BA Drama and English Literature, 2013)

I’m staying in the Birmingham family by studying on the first year of the new  Shakespeare and Creativity MA at the  Shakespeare Institute.