Robert Shaw 

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What are your abiding memories of being a student at the University of Birmingham?

Being part of a vibrant and creative department, where within and across each year group there was a tremendous atmosphere. The green room was the heart of the department and to be doing what I loved and be surrounded by others doing the same was invigorating.

and friendships?

On the very first day I met my best friend to this day (beware this doesn't always happen!). I was lucky enough to make great mates both in and out of the department who now form the heart of my friendship group.

Influential tutors?

The Head of Department, Joel Kaplan inspired me hugely and along with his wife and my tutor Shelia Stowell, they remain friends and mentors to this day. I owe a great deal to their support, intelligence and guidance.

Memories of student social life?

Halls, the Guild, and the department all provided a prolific social life. Work hard, play hard was the mantra and it worked out.

Particular events?

Far too many to mention. Wrapping up the day with a few beers with mates to be inevitable joined by more and letting the evening unfold were the best.

What were the best things about the education that you received at Birmingham?

The Drama course combined a rich academic background and support from resources and tutors with a practical exploration of your craft.

How did your time at Birmingham influence your career path? Did it do so directly or indirectly?

I was always confident of pursuing a career in acting and Birmingham supported and encouraged it. I was lucky to be part of a very talented year many of which are pursuing successful careers.

Other than your qualification in your subject area, what other skills do you think your time at Birmingham developed?

I set up the Rugby League Club at the University in my time there. I'm really proud that they now boast several teams and some success. So being able to enjoy my sport and be allowed to create a legacy was really confidence boosting.

What were your expectations of the City of Birmingham and how did your expectations of the City match your experience?

I had never visited Birmingham prior to interview and had all the usual preconceptions of an industrial city. Years of development and my own experience however proved this totally wrong. It a fantastically vibrant and creative city and I'm very fond of it.

Is there anything else you wish to add about your experience at the University of Birmingham and the city in general?

My University years have indeed proved to be some of the best of my life. I have formed the most important friendships of my life and was totally supported in my studies and career. I have nothing but great memories.