Postgraduate alumni profiles

Find out what our postgraduate alumni thought of their time studying and living in Birmingham:

Aliki Taylor, Masters of Public Health, 1999 and PhD, 2007 | Director of Observational Research in Biotechnology

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Carrying out a PhD in Cancer Epidemiology at Birmingham was rewarding for Aliki as there are strong existing links with cancer charities and other universities with cancer epidemiology research teams.

Ashleigh Wilcox, MRes Biomedical Research: Integrative & Translational, 2014 | DPhil student at the University of Oxford

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Completing my MRes gave me invaluable experience in animal research and further developed my skills as an independent researcher, improving my suitability as a DPhil candidate.

Bill Malcolm, MSc Health Economics and Health Policy, Part-time 2012 | Health Economics and Outcomes Research Manager

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Bill is currently Health Economics and Outcomes Research Manager at Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK. The best part of the course for him was the flexibility for students that are also in full-time employment. Bill found that the quality of material taught was excellent and relevant to employers.

Shola Bolaji, MSc Health Economics and Health Policy, Part-time

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Shola was impressed by the block-teaching offered on the part time programme as it allowed her to fit the course in with her full-time work commitments.

Chris Baird-Clarke, MSc Occupational Health, Full-time 2012 | Specialist Registrar

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Chris is currently a Specialist Registrar at Bristol Hospital NHST Occupational Health Dept (on secondment from HM Forces Army).

Karin Diaconu, PhD in Health and Population, 2016 | Research Fellow

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Karin graduated in 2016 and is now a Research Fellow at Queen Margaret University.

Gillian Hornzee, MSc Clinical Oncology, part-time 2011 | Trials Team Leader

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Gillian had previously been working as a trials coordinator, but after graduating she was promoted to Team Leader, heading up a team of 5 people and running all the cancer trials run at St Mary's Hospital site of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Helen Stokes-Lampard, MSc Primary Care Research Methods, 2003 & PhD Medicine, 2010 | GP Principal and Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Helen is currently GP Principal at The Cloisters Medical Practice, Lichfield, Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Primary Care and Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Iain Chapple, PhD Dentistry, 1993 | Professor of Periodontology

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Iain commenced his specialist training to become a consultant immediately upon completing his PhD. In 2001 he was awarded a personal chair at the University of Birmingham.

Jenny Gough, Masters of Public Health (MPH), 2003 | Deputy Director of Public Health Camden

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University changed my life completely. It gave me the confidence to apply for posts I would otherwise not have considered and helped me reach my goals.

Karen Murch, Physician Associate PGDip | Physician Associate

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The course was both challenging and enjoyable and prepared me well for my placements and job as a PA.

Kemal Deen, MD, 1993 | Chairman in Surgery at the University of Kelaniya Medical School, Sri Lanka and Consultant in General and Intestinal Surgery

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Since leaving Birmingham Kemel undertook a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Medical School, USA. He then left the USA to return to the Kelaniya Medical School to work as a lecturer in the department of surgery.

Paul Fisher, Masters in Public Health (MPH), Part-time 2009 | 4th year student on the West Midlands Public Health Training Scheme

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The year after graduating Paul left my old post at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and successfully applied for the West Midlands Public Health Training Scheme. He is now in his fourth year and next year he will leave the scheme and hopefully start work as a Consultant in Public Health at one of the local authorities in the West Midlands.

Penny Matuska, Physician Associate PGDip, full-time | Physician Associate

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Penny made the career change to being a Physician Associate at a late point. It was a brilliant move.

Pete Gorman, Physician Associate PGDip, full-time | Physician Associate

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Pete finds his role challenging and exciting.

Rachel Hoare, MSc Clinical Oncology, part-time 2012 | Research Technician

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Rachel is committed to cancer research and enjoys making a positive contribution to cancer research fields through her laboratory work.

Rachel Mail, Physician Associate PGDip, full-time | Physician Associate

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Rachel thoroughly enjoys her job as a Physician Associate, and she is able to undertake a variety of tasks both on the ward and in the outpatient setting.

Rebecca Southall, Masters of Public Health (MPH) - Health Technology Assessment, 2001 & MPhil, 2011 | Founder and Clinical Lead for ProHealth Counselling Limited

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Rebecca is now the founder and clinical lead for a psychotherapy service in Lichfield. She also lectures in psychotherapy and has an active research career. Rebecca's degrees have given her professional kudos and credence and opened doors to further educational opportunities too.

Ross Maconachie, MSc Health Economics and Health Policy (2014 - Part Time) | Technical Adviser in Health Economics for NICE

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The MSc reignited Ross' enthusiasm for learning and enabled him to find a career path to pursue, which has helped with his drive, confidence and peace of mind.

Shamil Haroon, Masters in Public Health (MPH), 2010 | Specialist Registrar in Public Health

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Studying the MPH really changed Shamil's perception of the distribution and determinants of population health, which greatly helped develop his practice of public health in the NHS.

Taagbara Abaate, Masters of Public Health | Junior Doctor

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Taagbara is now a junior doctor at All Souls Hospital in Agege, Lagos within the General Practice Unit. The role involves talking to patients about their problems, (clinical history & examination) carrying out investigations and treating them.