Old Joe magazine

Read the latest edition of Old Joe, the official magazine for Birmingham's alumni and friends.

Three photographs of Old Joe contributors

They're coming home

Our cover stars are four alumni who graduated just five years ago, now working at the home of English football. They share how they use what they learned at Birmingham to help footballers and officials stay fit and recover from injury.

Alumni who work in football

Visions of the future

Two key treatments for eyesight; a contact lens that could correct colour-blindness, and simple eye drops for the leading cause of blindness, which can currently be only be treated by direct injections into the eye.


From the Drama department to Downton

Gareth Neame OBE (BA Drama and English, 1988) explains how he came up with the idea for, and executive producing, the international sensation Downton Abbey.

Downton-Abbey cast and crew

Also in this edition, read about the graduate who solves crime in Singapore, a space mission to search for new planets, and the contribution your University makes to the NHS.

We hope you enjoy the videos, photo galleries and competitions, and the opportunity to chat with fellow readers in the comments section of each article.

Your Alumni Communications team would love to know what you think about Old Joe and receive your news. You can let us know by emailing or tweeting @birminghamalum

Find out how we are making the Old Joe website more accessible

Old Joe goes digital

The launch in 2016 of a fully digital edition of Old Joe puts the University at the forefront of alumni communications, offering a greater variety of content and interaction with readers with exclusive videos, photo galleries and competitions. We also continue to produce a print edition once a year, supported by exclusive digital content.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the magazine, along with any suggestions for either web or print content that you'd like to see in future issues.

Please get in touch with us – and don't forget to update your personal details so we can ensure that you continue to receive relevant communications from us.

PDF editions

You can download PDF versions of previous print editions of Old Joe below.

Old Joe Autumn 2018 (17MB)
Old Joe Autumn 2017 (23MB)
Old Joe Autumn 2016 (8MB)
Old Joe Autumn 2015 (12MB)
Old Joe Spring 2015 (7MB)
Old Joe Autumn 2014 (7MB)
Old Joe Spring 2014 (6MB)
Old Joe Autumn 2013 (5MB)