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2016 issue THE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

The Westfield way Exploring the Archives

Half-centuries of success Celebrating 50 years of Economics and Law at QMUL

Make an impression with QMentoring How you can help the next generation

Design your own career Supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship


The results are in… Last year we conducted our first mass survey of alumni. Over 2,200 of you around the world took part and one lucky alumna received an iPad Mini in our prize draw.

Here are some of the findings…

Where did you live?

How did you meet your friends? By chance

12%

13% of you have a

Clubs and Societies

family connection to QMUL

16%

Course

80%

Enjoyed your time here

86%

Stocks Court 4%

91%

South Woodford 17%

What are you doing now?

Westfield Student Village 20%

18%

Home 26%

35%

Friends of friends Rented accommodation 30%

Halls of residence

said you are proud to have studied here

You are keen to help inspire the next generation of QMUL students by… 1. Talking about your time as a student 2. Submitting a profile 3. Participating in careers panels or talks 4. Being a mentor

Employed 65% Retired 13% Self-employed 11% Studying 7% Looking after home/family 1% Volunteering 1% Taking time out 2%

48% of you are in touch with 1-4 friends Your extra-curricular time with clubs and societies 44% academic and subject-related 38% recreational and sports 18% arts, music and performance

Thank you for taking part in our Alumni Survey Have your say next time! Make sure that you receive future surveys by providing us with a valid email address. Register with the Alumni Portal at www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/portal or email alumni@qmul.ac.uk.

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Contents 03 Queen Mary news........................................................ 04 50 Golden years of Economics and Finance................... 06 Giving the gift of education........................................... 10 QMUL People: Professor Edmund Burke......................... 12 50 years of excellence in legal education..................... 14 The Westfield way........................................................ 18 QMentoring.................................................................. 20 International partnerships............................................ 22 Design your own career................................................ 24 Alumni news................................................................ 26 Welcome.....................................................................

Welcome Welcome to this year’s issue of QMA, which I hope you will find to be an interesting read. This issue includes news of our successes in external rankings. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has listed Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We have also been ranked as the 23rd most internationally diverse university in the world, which is testament to our thriving international community of students and staff and to our range of global partnerships. 2016 is an important year for the School of Economics and Finance as it marks 50 years since the School was opened in 1966. You can read more about the development of the School and its founder, the late Lord Maurice Peston, whose legacy is being honoured by the launch of the Peston Chair in Economics. Alongside Economics and Finance, the School of Law is also celebrating its golden jubilee this academic year. Since its founding in 1965 and the first intake of 30 students, the School has gone from strength-to-strength. You can learn more about some of its innovative initiatives, including our award-winning Legal Advice Centre, which gives current students practical experience of dealing with clients and real-life legal issues. There is also a snapshot of alumni who have pursued their own business ventures and how QMUL’s Careers & Enterprise team support and encourage students and recent graduates who are making their first steps into entrepreneurship. You can also find out more about QMentoring, our mentoring programme for current students. Eighty students successfully participated in the pilot last year and we are actively seeking mentors for the next round in October. If you would like more information, please see the article for details on how to get in touch with the QMentoring team. We are always grateful for the support and contributions of our alumni, and we look forward to engaging with increasing numbers of you in order to support the continued development and progress of QMUL. Best wishes,

Professor Simon Gaskell President and Principal

Development and Alumni Directorate Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Mile End Road London E1 4NS Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6468 email: alumni@qmul.ac.uk www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni Read our Queen Mary Alumni e-Newsletter online at www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/communications If you would like to subscribe, please register with the Alumni Portal at www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/portal or email alumni@qmul.ac.uk

Cover: Westfield College botany students working in the laboratory, 1962 © Queen Mary University of London Archives

Any section of this publication is available in large print upon request. If you require this publication in a different accessible format we will endeavour to provide this where possible. For further information and assistance, please contact: hr-equality@qmul.ac.uk; +44 (0)20 7882 5585. The information given in this publication is correct at the time of going to press. The university reserves the right to modify or cancel any statement in it and accepts no responsibility for the consequences of any such changes. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the website www.qmul.ac.uk. Disclaimer: opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the individual writers and contributors. Editorial: Nick Sarson, Photos: Gary Schwartz, Design: www.neilsimmons.co.uk, Icons: www.flaticon.com, ISSN: 2058-4768. This magazine has been printed on environmentally friendly material from well‑managed sources.

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Queen Mary news QMUL: a global university QMUL has been listed among the top 100 universities in the world, ranked 98th globally and 16th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (October 2015). We were also ranked as the world’s 23rd ‘most internationally diverse’ university in a list published by the Times Higher Education (THE) in January this year. In March, QMUL was named among the top 50 universities in Europe according to the THE’s new ranking of elite institutions across the continent, one of 17 UK universities to make the top 50.

QMUL ranked top ten nationally for several subject areas The results of the National Student Survey, published in August 2015, placed QMUL joint first in London and in the top ten of Russell Group universities for student satisfaction. A number of specific subject areas, including economics, film studies, French, geography, history, law, physics and politics, also featured in the top three in London with scores of over 90 per cent for overall satisfaction.

Historian uncovers secrets of the Reformation in England’s oldest printed bible Dr Eyal Poleg, Lecturer in the School of History, has discovered annotations between the pages of England’s oldest bible, published in 1535 by Henry VIII’s printer and housed in Lambeth Palace Library, London. He said: “Upon closer inspection I noticed that heavy paper had been pasted over blank parts of the book. The challenge was how to uncover the annotations without damaging the book.” Dr Poleg consulted Dr Graham Davis, a specialist in 3D X-ray imaging in the School of Dentistry, who used complex image analysis to uncover the annotations. It revealed that these were copied from the famous ‘Great Bible’ of Thomas Cromwell, seen as the epitome of the English Reformation, therefore supporting the idea that the Reformation was a gradual process rather than a single transformative event.

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In The Guardian University Guide 2017, the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film had significant success with QMUL ranking first in the UK within the Media and Film Studies subject area. The School of Medicine and Dentistry also performed well, ranking second for medicine and third for dentistry. The School of Law placed fifth while History was ninth.

Birdsong recognition app launched using QMUL research Dr Dan Stowell, Research Fellow in the Centre for Digital Music in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and his business partner Florence Wilkinson launched Warblr last summer, a mobile app which can automatically recognise over 200 British species of birds by their song using machine learning technology. It is hoped that the app, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and QMUL’s Innovation Fund, will help to increase interest in the natural world, particularly among young people. The team also plan to make the data collected publicly available for researchers and conservationists, to assist with monitoring and protecting species of birds. Cofounder Dan Stowell, said: “Here at Queen Mary University of London we’ve been at the forefront of developing this new technology for a while now, but as a scientist you don’t always get the chance to place your work directly in the hands of the general public - it’s a real privilege.” See https://warblr.net.


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Fancy a 300-year old cuppa? QMUL researchers find oldest tea in Britain

Governor of the Bank of England gives major speech at QMUL

Researchers have found what they believe to be the oldest tea in Britain. The dried green tea was acquired in China, around the year 1700, by ship’s surgeon James Cuninghame, who subsequently gave it as a gift to the famous physician and collector of curiosities, Hans Sloane. Sloane bequeathed the tea sample to the British Museum as part of his ‘Vegetable Substances’ collection, where it was labelled ‘A sort of Tea from China’ and later transferred to the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) botanical collections. The tea remained unnoticed until a study on ‘Vegetable Substances’ by NHM researchers allowed the collections’ contents to be readily located. Last year, Professor Markman Ellis, Dr Richard Coulton and Dr Matthew Mauger, from the School of English and Drama, identified the sample’s significance as the oldest remnant of the nation’s favourite drink during research for their book, Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World (Reaktion Books, 2015).

Scientists overcome hurdles for champion racehorses A team of researchers from the School of Engineering and Materials Sciences have moved a step closer to preventing the kind of injuries that affect ageing race horses like champion hurdler, Rock on Ruby, the winner of the Coral Hurdle at Ascot in 2015. Published in the journal Scientific Reports in February, they showed for the first time how the types of proteins differ in parts of the tendon and, importantly, how this changes as the tendon ages. Co-author Dr Chavaunne Thorpe, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, said: “When a horse runs, its muscles generate a massive amount of energy that is stored and released by the tendons in their legs. These can be likened to massive elastic bands that absorb energy as they are stretched, and release it again when they recoil. The key to the effectiveness of tendons is the ability of the fibres that they are made up of to slide across each other. When this ability to slide is reduced, the energy damages the tendon instead of being stored and released by it.” Tendon injury is common in horses as well as humans - around 16,000 horses are in training each year and the tendon injury rate is as high as 43 per cent with few horses returning to racing after injury.

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, visited our Mile End campus on 19 January. Speaking at the annual Peston Lecture, held in honour of the late Professor Maurice Peston (Lord Peston of Mile End), economist and founder of the Department of Economics at QMUL, Mr Carney announced to a packed audience in the Great Hall that now is not the right time to raise interest rates. He said that plummeting oil prices and an uncertain global environment meant that “tighter monetary policy was not yet necessary.” Read more about the School of Economics and Finance and its 50th anniversary in the following pages.

Starfish reveal the origins of brain messenger molecules Biologists from QMUL have discovered the genes in starfish that encode neuropeptides - a common type of chemical found in human brains. The revelation gives researchers new insights into how neural function evolved in the animal kingdom. In the Royal Society journal, Open Biology, the team led by Professor Maurice Elphick from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, reported 40 new neuropeptide genes discovered for the first time in the common European starfish Asterias rubens. One of the neuropeptides found is similar to kisspeptin, a chemical that triggers the onset of puberty in humans. Starfish and other echinoderms, such as sea urchins and sea cucumbers, are more closely related to humans than other more commonly studied invertebrates, such as insects, and provide a good model to study how molecules have evolved over hundreds of millions of years. 5


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1966-2016: 50 Golden years of Economics and Finance As QMUL’s School of Economics and Finance celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we look back on the development of the School from its opening in 1966 to its global standing as a centre of excellence in both teaching and research. The start of a new School The impetus for the opening of the Department of Economics, as it was then known, came from a piece of ground-breaking social policy research by the economist, Lionel Robbins. Published in 1963, the Robbins Report into higher education argued that many talented people were being denied a university education because there weren’t enough places. This inspired the then Principal, Sir Thomas Creed, to establish two new departments, one in law and the other in economics.

This open-minded approach to recruitment enabled Peston to assemble a talented team of young academics. In 1966, the year the Department opened, in addition to Peston, there was one lecturer, Adrian Ziderman, and three assistant lecturers, Ray Rees, Alan Coddington and AP Ellison. Between them, they were responsible for teaching 50 students of economics. Two years later, Peston made another key appointment, recruiting the Department’s second professor of economics, Bernard Corry, a specialist in economic thought from the LSE and with whom he had studied. By 1970, the Department had a full complement of staff, including new recruits Patricia Dillon, Dick Allard, John Healey, DR Croome and Alf Vanags. Trevor Smith was also joined by another lecturer in government and political science, Elizabeth Vallance. Student numbers grew steadily, with around 70 undergraduates joining each year; 50 to study economics, and 10 each to study economics and geography, and economic history. In 1970, however, there was a significant leap in the number of postgraduates, with the Department taking in 44 students, more than double the previous year.

Professor Maurice Peston, Founder and Head of the Department of Economics from 1966-78

In 1965, Creed recruited Maurice Peston, a young reader in economics from the LSE, as Queen Mary’s first Professor of Economics. This was an astute appointment. Peston, who retired as emeritus professor in 1988, would go on to become one of the leading public policy economists of that generation, working as a special advisor to two cabinet ministers, Reg Prentice and Roy (now Lord) Hattersley in the 1970s, amongst numerous political advisory appointments over four decades. In 1987, he was appointed to the House of Lords as Lord Peston of Mile End, where he worked as a Labour peer until his recent death in April 2016. One of Peston’s first appointments was a political economist, Trevor Smith, now Professor Lord Smith, who worked at Queen Mary from 1967 to 1991. Finding enough economists for the Department proved a challenge. As Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, who joined the Department in 1978 as a lecturer in development economics and worked here until 1998, explains: “One of the interesting things about economics departments set up then is that very often they had to recruit non-economists, because relatively few people had trained in economics. At Queen Mary, you had a physicist, as well as people who had done accountancy or engineering.” 6

The first generations of Queen Mary economics students certainly vindicated the Robbins Report, with a number going on to high-profile careers. They include Dame Colette Bowe, former Chair of Ofcom; Lord Peter Hain, Labour Party politician and former MP and Cabinet Minister; Sir Richard Broadbent, former Executive Chairman of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and former Chairman of Tesco; Charles Rose, an entrepreneur specialising in renewable energies; and Professor Diana Green CBE, former Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.

The Department of Economics was based nearly a mile to the east of the Queens’ Building at 41-47 Bow Road, known officially as the QMC Bow Road Extension and unofficially as “Spratts”, a reference to the building’s prior occupants Spratts Patent Ltd, a manufacturer of dog biscuits © Queen Mary University of London Archives


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Members of the first graduating class of 1969, including Dame Colette Bowe (third from left), at the School’s 50th anniversary dinner in June 2016

The character of the School One of the features of the Department in those early years was its strength in public policy work, with projects in manpower planning, education, cost-benefit analysis in transport, industrial training, defence and foreign policy spending. In 1971, the university’s annual report states that “major progress” was made on the construction of “an econometric model of the UK economy”, with Maurice Peston also completing research on local education authority planning and Bernard Corry completing an analysis of UK labour force participation rates. In that year, Peston published articles in a diverse range of trade, academic and news publications, the common thread being his interest in the relevance of economics research to the real-world. The strengths of the Department in this area were reinforced by the presence of its own lecturers in political science. It was a significant turning point, then, in 1975, when a separate Department of Politics was created out of the Department of Economics. Innovative courses, curriculum and research Alongside its early interest in public policy work, over the years the Department developed a broad expertise in the various sub-fields of economics, taking in micro- and macroeconomics, economic theory, econometrics, development economics and applied economics. There have also been some more unusual and innovative courses offered along the way. For example, in 1970, the Department launched a BSc (Econ) course in Economics and Nursing that was run jointly with the School of Nursing at The London Hospital. And in 1988, a masters specialising in the economics of Latin America was launched, the only course of its kind in the UK. The course ran for a decade with the majority of students coming from Latin America. Alumni have gone on to a range of high-profile positions, including the lead economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, the president of the central bank in Ecuador, a presidential advisor in El Salvador, and deputy governor of the central bank in Trinidad and Tobago.

Professor Sujoy Mukerji, Head of the School of Economics and Finance, welcomes Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, for the 2016 Peston Lecture

The School today Recalling how the department was seen in its early years, Professor Bulmer-Thomas, says: “When I joined in 1978, neither the Department nor the College were fashionable. It was sort of a statement to work or study there.” Of course, these days the School of Economics and Finance, as it now is, has firmly established its reputation. In 2016, it has more than 550 undergraduate students, 750 postgraduates and offers five undergraduate programmes, and 12 taught masters programmes. The School owes much to the vision and tenacity of the late Lord Maurice Peston, whose memory lives on in the annual Peston Lecture, held in his honour. This year’s 50th anniversary lecture was delivered in January by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, an indication of the School’s established place in British public life. Carney used the lecture as a platform to announce that the Bank of England would not be raising interest rates for the foreseeable future, prompting an immediate response on the world’s stock markets. Still alive at the time, the 84-year-old Lord Peston surely enjoyed this emphatic illustration of what can happen when economics and public policy meet.

If you would like to read the full version of this history, please email alumni@qmul.ac.uk for a copy.

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School of Economics and Finance 50th Anniversary Dinner

Almost 250 alumni, friends, staff and current students attended a celebratory dinner to mark 50 years of the School of Economics and Finance at the Drapers’ Hall in the City of London on Wednesday 15 June. We were delighted to be joined by former students from the last five decades; from the first cohort in 1969 to recent graduates from the Class of 2015. We were also honoured to host members of Professor Maurice Peston’s family, including his widow, Lady Helen Peston, and his son, Robert. To view photos from the event, visit www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/events/previousevents.

The Peston Chair in Economics In celebration of the School’s past accomplishments, and to commemorate its founder, Lord Maurice Peston, we are seeking the support of alumni and friends to enable the recruitment of an outstanding candidate to the new Peston Chair in Economics. The Peston Chair will be a fitting celebration of Lord Peston’s personal and intellectual legacy to the School, and will enhance its profile, research power and student recruitment. A fundraising campaign for the Peston Chair, which will be jointly funded by QMUL and external philanthropic support, was launched by Dame Colette Bowe (Economics, 1969; PhD, 1978) at the School’s anniversary dinner in June. The campaign’s aim is to raise at least £150,000 over three years to enhance the university’s core contribution and help recruit an outstanding economist with a globally acclaimed profile. This can only be realised with the support of the School’s alumni and friends. To discuss how you can help, please contact Sarah McMinn, Associate Director of Development, at s.mcminn@qmul.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3098. 8


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Professor Maurice Peston 1931-2016 As a consequence, he had little appetite for the mundane and routine which forms much of university life. While he greatly enjoyed recruiting a new department from scratch, he showed little desire for running it, a task he passed over to the second chair, Bernard Corry, as soon as he could. Similarly, he disliked marking essays, though he enjoyed examining PhD theses which, by definition, had to embody original research. He eschewed attending committees as much as he could and rarely attended the Academic Board. It was this addiction to novelty that made him such a superb Whitehall adviser. He was completely at home in an environment where questions came in thick and fast demanding quick responses. Roy Hattersley has attested to how adept Maurice was at this when Hattersley was in the Cabinet. All the press obituaries have remarked on Maurice’s originality and lateral thinking and the great contribution he made to public policy.

Queen Mary College (QMC) decided to add a Faculty of Laws and a Department of Economics to its established disciplines of Arts, Science and Engineering in the early 1960s. Maurice Peston was appointed to the foundation chair of Economics in 1966. He set about employing a number of very clever academics - I know because I was one of them! - who went on to become professors themselves. His staff appointments also meant that the Department swept, what might be called, the “Debretts’ Stakes” in academia, for there were to be five new entrants into the nobility: three life peers, Peston himself, David Currie and myself, a hereditary Stephen Pollock, who became Viscount Harmsworth, and a peeress, Elizabeth Vallance. Maurice was blessed with a brilliant mind. He could search through a host of silo thoughts, sort out the wheat from the chaff, and then produce an original thought-provoking synthesis. He was always on the look-out for new ways of discovering solutions to difficult, preferably seemingly intractable, problems. It was this quality that made him such a stimulating lecturer and conversationalist. His speeches in the House of Lords were always listened to attentively, eagerly awaiting his new insights.

But his intellectual legacy will be essentially an oral one, remembered only by those who knew him personally for he has left no corpus of written work. He did not develop the stamina for sustained and lengthy composition: he did not stay on as a graduate student at Princeton to undertake a doctorate and he confined most of his scholarly output to journal articles and a short textbook. Temperamentally, he was easily bored, but this is exactly the temperament required of a policy adviser that could address the many problems that face Ministers in such a rapid and importunate fashion. Maurice displayed two other, closely related, attributes. First, he was very London-centred. To him, the UK beyond the M25 was a foreign land. Maybe this resulted in the trauma of being evacuated to Bradford for most of the Second World War. Secondly, he was a most devoted family man. Speaking at the launch of a festschrift dedicated to Peston and Corry, I remarked that Maurice became homesick on leaving his house but before reaching the garden gate. This again may have been because of evacuation and also losing his mother at a young age. His wife, Helen, gave him the emotional security he craved as well as being a mutual advocate of comprehensive schooling. Maurice Peston was a one-off and, as they say, a true mensch. It is poignant he died in the 50th anniversary year of the Department he founded. Professor Lord (Trevor) Smith of Clifton QMC staff, 1967-91

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Giving the gift of education Rhys Copperthwaite is in the second year of his course in BSc Computer Science and Multimedia. Rhys was awarded the Jennian Geddes Scholarship last year, which has opened up many new doors for Rhys and his family. This is his story.

“I would like to start off by expressing my gratitude to Sir Nicholas Montagu, Chairman of QMUL Council, for so generously funding this scholarship. I am extremely grateful for his support, which has changed my life in so many ways. I am a 20 year old from Shoreditch in London. I’m from an area which is very underprivileged and lacks ambition.

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The schools in my area were full of children who didn’t want to learn. I come from a very low income family and uneducated background. My mum didn’t finish secondary school and had six children, five girls and one boy. All of my sisters are older than me. Most of my sisters finished secondary school but most followed a similar life to my mum and had kids at a young age.


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One of my sisters, however, did very well. She finished college and got an IT job in the City. Growing up all of my family knew that I was interested in computers so in the holidays, my sister used to take me to work with her where I would be given a computer to play on and sometimes do some basic work for them. I used to really enjoy going there because I was doing what I love. I also got to watch the adults programming, which is where my interest in programming came from. The negative surroundings in my school life and watching my mum struggle gave me the ambition and drive to push myself and work hard in life. My mum is my biggest supporter and she pushed me to get the life I have now. I worked really hard, did well in my GCSEs and was the first person in my family to get an A*. I got A* A* A* in my extended BTEC in college and from this was so lucky to get the opportunity to study at Queen Mary. Still to this day I can’t believe I got a place here. It is such a privilege! My first year of university was incredible; it was by far the most amazing year of academic study ever. I met so many brilliant people on my course and I’ve made four really close friends who have the same interests and passion as me. Receiving this scholarship has made my time at Queen Mary so much easier. Even though last year was amazing, I did struggle a lot. Most of my government loan went on rent and bills to help at home. With the money I had left, just having some lunches and little things at university meant I had barely anything remaining. The main thing that I always wanted, which I didn’t have last year, was a good laptop.

Still to this day I can’t believe I got a place here. It is such a privilege!

As I’m studying programming, I need a decent laptop. I had to use my sister’s at home when I could, but hers is quite old and would often crash meaning I’d lose work. Most of the time I had to go in to university and try to find a computer and do it from there. Having a laptop of my own has allowed me to be able to work from home and also work together with my friends at their homes, which has benefitted me a lot and made my university life so much easier. Another thing this scholarship has helped with is travel costs. Last year I couldn’t afford to travel by underground to university every day because it was £124 a month, so I used to have to walk there and back, which is about a 45 minute walk each way. Now I can spend more time studying and less time commuting, which is a huge help. I’m not entirely sure what the future holds at this stage. I’m hoping to finish my degree with a decent grade, go straight into a masters and then go into full-time work and maybe do a PhD in the future, if I am lucky enough. Then I aim to get a job in the field of programming, as that is what I am most passionate about. I cannot describe how thankful I am for this scholarship, which has helped me in so many ways. I am eternally grateful and feel inspired to give back the same way in the future.”

Your kindness is helping to change the lives of students like Rhys. But other students need you now too. Will you help them? A gift from you today means more students will be able to achieve great things next year. To show your support please fill out the enclosed donation form and return it to the Development and Alumni Directorate. Alternatively you can donate online at www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/supportingqm. Thank you!

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QMUL People Professor Edmund Burke Vice-Principal (Science and Engineering)

Professor Edmund Burke joined QMUL in September 2015 from the University of Stirling as our new Vice-Principal for Science and Engineering. Professor Edmund Burke is a distinguished computer scientist with a strong background in operational research.

What are your key priorities for the Faculty of Science and Engineering? The Faculty is in a really strong position. Across the board, we had broadly positive REF (Research Excellence Framework) results in 2014, and what is particularly notable is that there is scope to perform even better in certain areas. We have significant potential for growing and diversifying our research income and I see this as a key priority. I believe it’s important to take a holistic view of academic activity. There are real priorities around the teaching and learning experience and I would like to see the high quality of the teaching and learning environment reflected in our NSS (National Student Survey) results. I would also like to develop our partnerships, for example, with research councils such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Other partnerships with global institutions need to be balanced between research and teaching, and integrated throughout the Faculty. 12

As well as being Vice-Principal, you are Professor of Computer Science. What does your research focus on? My research focuses on the investigation and development of computational search methodologies to underpin effective and efficient decision support systems. It lies at the interface of computer science and mathematics. One of the main themes is to develop accurate mathematical and computational models of complex and uncertain problem solving environments. My most recent project, which is funded by the EPSRC, is a major £2.3m Programme Grant that aims to find ways to help address airport congestion. It’s a joint project in Operational Research with Lancaster University Management School and it will be engaging closely with a wide variety of partners including NATS (National Air Traffic Services), Eurocontrol, Athens Airport, Zurich Airport, Air France/KLM, global security company Northrop Grumman, and MIT.


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The research is important because we know that as economies grow and as the need for air travel increases, greater capacity at airports is required. Already Heathrow faces serious congestion for major parts of the day while at Gatwick, demand is expected to exceed capacity for 17 hours per day by 2025. The team will work to find efficient ways to manage capacity more effectively, developing and testing new models and solution algorithms that take into account all the factors involved in the allocation of flight ‘slots’ such as individual airport operations, networks of airports, airline operations and air traffic management systems. It will draw upon the requirements of a wide range of stakeholders, including airport authorities, civil aviation authorities, airlines and, of course, the travelling public. Another focus of my research is in the exploration of adaptive techniques and methods for search based software engineering. I have a £6.8m EPSRC Programme Grant with UCL, Birmingham, Stirling and York to investigate computational search methodologies to contribute towards exploring the extent to which we can automate the software engineering process. Many of the principles underlying my research can be applied to different sectors such as healthcare scheduling, educational timetabling and manufacturing. QMUL celebrates Ada Lovelace Day [an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths] in October. As a computer scientist and as someone involved in leading research departments, how can we promote a better gender balance? It’s really important to provide a supportive, welcoming environment for all people, whatever their gender and whatever their background. A strong commitment to equality and diversity should be at the heart of all we do. We need good role models, and we need to support those role models. The important thing is to get the environment right to support people from all areas of society, so that everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential. At Nottingham you were involved in three spin-out companies - what do you think are the main ingredients for successful university spin-outs? A spin-out company needs someone who really wants to drive it. That might involve a change in emphasis for an academic who wishes to focus their current efforts on taking their research and applying it to an industrial environment. I think that if you don’t have someone who is willing to give it their all, then it’s very difficult to make a spin-out successful.

Technology transfer at QMUL Research often leads to innovations that may be brought to wider societal and economic use via spin-out companies and licensing arrangements. Queen Mary Innovation Ltd (QMI), QMUL’s wholly-owned technology transfer company, is responsible for the commercialisation and management of the university’s intellectual property and spin‑out portfolio. QMI fosters an entrepreneurial culture for QMUL staff and students, promoting innovation across all research sectors and academic disciplines ranging from pharmaceuticals, engineering, telecoms and creative industries to government departments and community organisations. Over 100 commercial licenses of QMUL research technologies have been secured with industry returning over £2m of commercial income to QMUL and inventors. QMUL’s current portfolio of high-growth technology spin-outs, which has attracted over £130m of external investment and is collectively worth in excess of £200m, includes two AIM-listed companies: hVIVO plc, a rapidly growing life sciences company pioneering a technology platform which uses human models of disease to study new drugs and investigate disease that is based in our Whitechapel incubator Queen Mary Bioenterprises, and Actual Experience plc, a technology company that provides tools for network management to a range of blue chip global clients. Find out more at www.qminnovation.co.uk. 13


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Celebrating 50 years of excellence in legal education Clients gather in the reception relieved to be out of the windy evening. In the office, a handful of students look over notes, write emails or discuss case notes. There is little to suggest that they aren’t young city lawyers, save the odd pair of trainers worn with their suits. Open two nights a week, this is QMUL’s Legal Advice Centre, which brings together law students and qualified lawyers to offer free legal advice to anyone who needs it. We are here to witness an Arts and the Law advice session. The client tonight is a retired photographer looking to retrieve original copies of photos he’d taken decades ago, including some of Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, currently held in the image library of a national newspaper. Before the session starts, the student adviser and the lawyers run through the case notes, making sure that they agree on the key facts and legal issues. The lawyers fire incisive, pragmatic questions at Amber, the third-year student leading the session. “Has he signed a contract? Or was there an implied contract? If so, what were the intentions of the parties? From a noncontractual point view, what can our client do?” Even as an observer, I feel under pressure. But Amber is on top of her notes, handling the questions with confidence. With a plan of action agreed, she invites the client in. He is everything you’d want a photographer who has worked for newspapers in 1970s and 80s to be, with a passion for the heady days of colour magazine journalism. “They’re just catalogues now. In those days, magazines did insightful stories and investigative journalism,” he says.

Professor Roger Crane, Founder and Head of the Faculty of Laws from 1965-78

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He wants to retrieve some of his best photos so that he can pass them on to his children. It turns out that he’d never signed a contract. “It was all very casual, nothing was written down,” he says. As much as anything, this is a story of another era, and in more ways than one. When tonight’s client began experimenting with film as a teenager, the School of Law, which is celebrating its golden jubilee, was also starting out. The first days of law at QMUL The School opened in October 1965, a time when universities and colleges were rapidly expanding. A shortage of places to study law, combined with more demand for legal services, led the then Principal of the College, Sir Thomas Creed, himself a lawyer, to push for the opening of the new School. The responsibility was given to Professor Roger Crane, who had previously set up the law school at Nottingham. In that first year, there were 30 students - 27 men and three women, all from the UK - and four staff to teach them. They may not have known it then, but they were the start of something big. Last year the School welcomed more than 300 new undergraduates onto its LLB, from 84 countries, with roughly an equal split between men and women. In total, the School has around 900 undergraduates, 500 postgraduates and more than 50 full-time staff from all over the world.

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Lord Justice Pitchford (Law, 1968) judged the final of the School of Law’s George Hinde Moot Competition in 2015

As Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law, says, they have no problem recruiting. This year, for the third year in a row, QMUL ranked in the top three in London for law, and in the top five in the country in the Guardian University Guide. Even with some of toughest entry requirements at QMUL - a standard A*AA at A-level - they have to be careful not to over recruit. Back in 1965, the entry requirements were more relaxed. In fact, applicants were interviewed by academics from geography because the law faculty were not yet in place. They made excellent choices. That first group went on to a variety of legal careers, including one, Peter Scott, who became a senior partner at Eversheds and another, Lord Justice Pitchford (Sir Christopher Pitchford), who is one of the most senior judges in the country, sitting in the Court of Appeal.

Ian Yeats, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law

Establishing a home on campus Things were also more makeshift back then. In the first year, the School was temporarily accommodated in some spare rooms in the Queens’ Building. The next year, however, all the students and staff were able to move to a new home further down Mile End Road, a former clothing factory and storage depot, which QMUL had bought and refurbished. Ian Yeats, who joined that year as one of five new staff, and is still teaching at QMUL 49 years later, remembers how different things were. “QMUL was a small college then, with no residential accommodation. In the new building, Law had the first and second floor, with an engineering drawing room on the third. There was a modern café on the ground floor, and also a room that was strictly off limits, which contained an electron microscope. Outside, there was a bus depot and a busy garage behind the Law Building, and lorries regularly rumbling past to the industrial spaces beside the canal,” he says. Nearly 50 years later, the School now occupies all four floors, with the café, microscope and garages long gone. Over the years, QMUL has expanded its boundaries until it reached Regent’s Canal, with much of the Jewish burial ground that occupied the site re-interred in Essex, providing new space for the main library. A section of the burial ground remains, a piece of East End history sensitively integrated into the campus. These infrastructural changes have been central to the development of QMUL, and have transformed the area around the Law Building.

In 1965, the Co-operative Wholesale Society’s clothing factory at 339 Mile End Road was converted for use by the Faculty of Laws, the electron-microscope unit, and engineering students

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Sir Roy Goode, Founder of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Julie Pinborough (Law, 2006), Founder and Director of the Legal Advice Centre

Moving into commercial law Another key development in the life of the School was the opening of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) in 1982, well timed to coincide with the expansion of the UK’s financial services and the fast-moving, complex law that accompanies this work. CCLS was set up by Professor Sir Roy Goode, one of the first academics to seek commercial funding for law schools. Goode also set up a Chair of Banking Law (the first in the UK) in 1982, and the School of International Arbitration in 1984.

“Our academics are leaders in their field who advise the EU, parliament, NGOs, and law firms. We can offer optional modules that cover everything from corporate law to Shakespeare and the law. Plus, we have links with universities all over the world, including in Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto, Texas, Bangalore, Beijing, São Paulo and all over Europe. This means that we can offer degrees which include a year abroad at one of our international partners,” he says.

With its home in the middle of London’s legal district at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, CCLS is more than an academic research centre. Over the years, it has developed strong links with the professions and industry, both in the UK and internationally. For Professor Mitsilegas this is key to supporting the three areas that define the School today: “research excellence, public engagement and an international outlook.”

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Aiming for legal justice for all Back at the Legal Advice Centre, its Director (and founder) Julie Pinborough explains that no advice is given on the night. Instead, the student drafts written advice, which is then commented on by the lawyers. Only when the lawyers are happy with all the amends, will the advice be sent to the client. All this must happen within 14 days.


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The George Hinde Moot Competition has been held annually for over 40 years. It is open to all QMUL Law students and involves academics, barristers and judges at various stages of the competition.

QMUL’s Pro Bono Society Committee for 2015-16

Julie, a QMUL law graduate herself, is passionate about legal justice for all. As a student she set up the School’s Pro Bono Society, and when she graduated in 2006, she was asked to stay on to set up the Legal Advice Centre. In that time, the Centre has helped 1,900 clients, 70 per cent of whom are from local postcodes, although it now even has some international clients. There are around 100 student advisers with the Centre, and 200 supervising lawyers from 15 London law firms, including international corporate law practices and high-street firms. All give their time for free.

That’s why from next year, the Centre will be offering modules on the undergraduate curriculum. It’s also why the School is launching a new degree, which will see students spend a year on paid internships in a law firm, the first research-led law school in the UK to do this. Take a look at the prospectus from 1965, and you’ll see that the curriculum hasn’t changed much, although some of the language has: mercantile law, with its colonial overtones, is now known as commercial; industrial law as employment; and the stiff sounding law of domestic relations is now family law. It’s the School of Law’s ability to innovate, in what can be a conservative area, which sees it well set to produce the lawyers of the future for another 50 years and beyond.

Practical experience at the heart of the curriculum As well as giving general legal advice, the Centre specialises in law for the arts, LGBT law, and legal advice for those who have served in the armed forces. “We’re always looking at what groups are not being serviced by other free legal advice,” Julie says. Of course, this kind of hands on experience is invaluable for QMUL’s law students. Tonight’s adviser, Amber adds, “It makes my studies less abstract. In real cases you can see how contentious things are - they don’t fit easily.”

The foyer of the Law Building today

The School of Law will be marking its 50th anniversary with a celebratory dinner for alumni in the Octagon, on our Mile End campus, on Monday 31 October 2016. For further information, email alumni@qmul.ac.uk.

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The Westfield way

Exploring the student experience The Queen Mary University of London Archives hold a wealth of fascinating institutional records from Queen Mary and Westfield Colleges, as well as personal archives and rare prints, dating from the 17th century to the present day. Here is a selection of images taken from material in the Westfield College Collection. These provide a window into academic life and the students’ experience, often from their own perspective.

The first five students, 1882 Westfield College was the first higher education institution to prepare women for University of London degrees. The first five students arrived on Monday 2 October 1882. They were Frances A Millington Synge, 19, from Blackheath; Alicia Sophia Bleby, 25, from Tufnell Park (left); Margaret G Brooke, 19, from Essex; Frances Anne Georgina Tristram, 18, from Durham and Emily Florence Thompson, 18, from Tregoney, Cornwall (right). The College’s intake grew steadily over the years and by the early 1980s, it had over 1,000 students.

Fire brigade practice, 1921 The fire brigade was started by Miss Whitby in 1891. Fire was a real threat in the early history of the College, as all buildings were lit by oil lamps. Initially it was compulsory that every girl served in the Brigade for at least one term. Hilda Green, a student between 1918-21, wrote about one particular fire drill on 27 March 1921, ‘...a realistic display with my room as the centre of operations. A beautiful fire was lit on the window-sill, and from time to time hysterical members in dressing gowns were hoisted through windows and down drain-pipes, keeping the first aid section lively.’ Tennis tournament, c. 1930 From the outset, recreational activities had their place in College life and today, Wednesday afternoons are still set aside for sports. A student’s social life included participating in sports, clubs and societies, socialising with friends, and attending College events. Athletics brought students of different colleges together and by 1900, Westfield students were playing intercollegiate tennis matches. Other sporting clubs included the Hockey Club, established in 1895, and the Netball Club, started in 1921 (netball was initially played to tread down the grass in preparation for new tennis courts). With the admittance of men in 1964, several single-sex sporting clubs appeared and by the 1980s, many welcomed members of both sexes.

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A long tradition of Inaugural Lectures, 1945 Inaugural lectures were first introduced at Westfield College in 1913 by the Principal, Agnes de Selincourt, to enhance the reputation of the College both locally and within the academic community. During the Second World War, although public lectures were halted, the programme of inaugurals carried on throughout. This included a lecture by the Principal, Mary Stocks on 2 November 1945 entitled ‘London’, to celebrate Westfield’s return to metropolitan life. Continuing the tradition, the Inaugural Lecture series was relaunched at Queen Mary in October 2015. See www.qmul.ac.uk/events/meetprofessors.

College bar in the Refectory complex, 1980 In 1966, the Junior Common Room (JCR) attached to the Refectory was converted into a licensed bar. The student’s Alternative Prospectus for 1989-90 described the bar as ‘... yet another brilliant place for meeting people. The bar itself is disgusting. It’s been likened to a tacky airport lounge with the pink walls, pale green surfaces, fairy lights and blue seating booths. But the decor’s easy to forget when you’re clutching a bottle of pils and having a deep/inane conversation/shouting match.’

Computer lab, c. 1980 The University of London operated a Mercury Mark II computer from 1960 with a rough cost of £80,000. By 1969, they had a CDC 6600 computer at a cost of £500,000. Westfield made an application to the University of London for an individual computer in 1965, stating that ‘Some 15 members of the Westfield teaching and research staff have computer experience.’ The main departments thought to make use of computers were Physics and Mathematics with Botany, Chemistry and Spanish as lesser users. The application also noted that if a computer was granted, they would need to provide 1,000 square feet for the computer itself, as well as a room for its operator and stores. The application was unsuccessful and instead, the College was given a data link to the central computer of the University. In 1971, the Computer Science department came into existence at Westfield with 24 Joint Honours undergraduates.

Accessing the Archives As well as viewing our digital resources online, alumni and friends of the university are welcome to view items from the collection in person. Please email archives@ qmul.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3873 to make an appointment. For more information, visit www.library.qmul.ac.uk/archives. © Queen Mary University of London Archives

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Make an impression with QMentoring In 2015, QMUL Careers and Enterprise launched QMentoring, a mentoring programme for students from the School of Business and Management and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Eighty professionals participated and following a successful pilot, the scheme has since been extended to undergraduate students in the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences, and postgraduate students in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. QMentoring connects students with either a member of our alumni community or a UK-based professional who acts as a mentor by providing first-hand insights into their business or industry. Mentoring helps current students to set and achieve careers goals; it can make a significant impact on their confidence and knowledge and enables mentors to share experiences, give constructive advice and information. With mentoring you can help our students explore potential professions and industries, and become more aware of wider

career opportunities. Our students really appreciate your advice and guidance - especially as it’s coming from someone who may have been in their shoes. The mentoring relationship is mutually beneficial. Our alumni mentors are not only giving back to QMUL through a practical role but they are also able to reflect on their own work practices, gain new skills and a fresh perspective, as well as better understand the expectations of students who are at the start of their careers.

How you can get involved with QMentoring We are looking for mentors, experienced professionals at various stages of their careers who can offer support and guidance about their profession and sector, networking opportunities, and, where possible, work experience to current students for up to six months. As a result, mentees will be able to make more informed career choices, build networks and potentially gain work experience via their mentors. The next mentoring cycle will run from mid/late October 2016 until the end of April 2017. For more information about QMentoring and how you can get involved, contact Jacqueline Steinmetz, Mentoring Coordinator, at j.steinmetz@qmul. ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7882 8533.

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The Mentee

The Mentor

Matthew Phillips Business Management, 2015

Isil Etes LLM Public International Law, 2011

Matthew participated in QMentoring when he was in his final year. He has since graduated and is now on the Graduate Fast Track programme at One Housing.

Isil is a Contracts Analyst with The Walt Disney Company. In her previous role, she was Senior Officer at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

“QMentoring gave me a much better idea of how to go about finding employment when I finished university, and what this entailed in terms of CV and Cover Letter writing and the likely interview techniques I would face. Isil helped me understand my strengths through asking me questions and pointing out successes or strengths that I was overlooking/undervaluing. Clear communication was very important throughout the mentoring experience.

“QMentoring is one of the most exciting things I have ever experienced! You teach your mentee, you learn with them, you share experiences, you guide them and you feel very proud when you see their progression.

Networking is crucial for getting on the job ladder, particularly in London where competition is fierce, so any advantage you can find is important. The help I received from Isil was very useful and enabled me to get on the job ladder.”

Just like in society, business life has both written and unwritten rules. Mentoring is one of the very few ways to teach students the unwritten rules of working life. It is a valuable opportunity to give students insights from the sector which Google probably wouldn’t know about. Some of the most important conversations are about the expectations of the business and the tips on how to survive in business, which I call ‘the jungle’!”

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International Partnerships QMUL is already a major player on the international education stage, ranking as one of the top 100 universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015-16. The International Partnerships team at Queen Mary plays a key role in helping to deliver the university’s international agenda by engaging with talented students and researchers and building and managing partnerships with like-minded institutions around the world. Our flagship programmes are the Joint Programmes (JP) we have been running with Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT) since 2004 and more recently, Nanchang University, which have been widely acclaimed for their academic excellence and truly collaborative nature. We now have around 2,500 students studying on these programmes and the successful JP model is one which we are seeking to replicate elsewhere in China, as well as in other parts of the world. QMUL has been recruiting large numbers of international students for many decades and these students (now alumni) have brought huge benefits to the Queen Mary community by helping to internationalise the learning experience for all our students. We are actively seeking to increase the number of UK students who gain an international experience as part of their degree by studying or working overseas. The UK government recognises that this is an area with room for improvement if UK graduates are to be equipped to compete in the global workplace and has accordingly set up a student mobility unit to promote mobility throughout the UK higher education sector. QMUL has two teams dedicated to developing relationships with like-minded institutions overseas: the International Partnerships team works with our Schools to develop new innovative programmes and research agreements in

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collaboration with our partners around the globe, whilst the Study Abroad team manages our student mobility programmes, including the Erasmus + and International exchange programmes, as well as the Associate Study Abroad programme which brings around 500 students annually to our Mile End campus, mostly from the USA. We currently send around 150 students each year to partners throughout Europe and in Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. We are always looking for new partners to increase the number and range of opportunities available to our students and within the last 12 months, have signed agreements with Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Waseda University, University of Toronto, University of Auckland, Utrecht University and Daugavpils University. We have also been exploring new opportunities with partners in China, India, Canada and Thailand, the aim being to double the number of students who benefit from these opportunities over the next few years. It is an exciting time for international activity at QMUL and by actively expanding our partnerships, our global standing will be further developed to the benefit of all our students, staff and alumni. Find out more about the work of the International Partnerships team at www.qmul.ac.uk/international/partnerships.


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Partnership news Over the last 12 months, QMUL has established a number of new partnerships. Here are some recent highlights.

Professor Wang Jinsong, NPU President, and Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of QMUL

Professor C Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of O P Jindal Global University, with Professor David Sadler, Vice-Principal (International) at QMUL

September 2015 QMUL signed a major strategic collaboration agreement with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, China, to develop teaching and research partnerships and faculty and student exchange, initially in the areas of Materials Science and Engineering. A Joint Educational Institute (JEI), which has been approved by China’s Ministry of Education, was consequently launched in June. The JEI will recruit students to two undergraduate programmes, BEng Polymer Materials Science and Engineering and BEng Materials Science and Engineering, from September 2017.

January 2016 QMUL, in partnership with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, has signed a five year agreement to offer up to 36 scholarships per year to Pakistani students wishing to enrol on PhD research programmes at QMUL. Under the agreement, the HEC will provide a maintenance allowance to students of £9,000 per year, while QMUL will cover the cost of the students’ tuition fees for a maximum period of 48 months. Scholarships will be offered in the following schools: Biological and Chemical Sciences, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering and Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Geography, Languages, Linguistics and Film and Law.

December 2015 A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between QMUL and O P Jindal Global University to facilitate collaboration between emergent research universities in South Asia for teaching, academic and research activities. QMUL’s Vice-Principal (International), Professor David Sadler, and O P Jindal Global University’s Vice-Chancellor and Director of the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar signed the agreement, under which QMUL expresses support for the IIHEd, O P Jindal Global University, in its endeavour to create an Association of Emergent South Asian Research Universities. This is perceived as a network of universities that are relatively newly-established, have or aspire to a significant research ambition in their institutional mission, aim to contribute to economic and social progress, actively promote integrity, excellence and equality of opportunity, and are genuinely not-for-profit in their operating model.

April 2016 Led by Professor David Sadler, Vice-Principal (International), a visiting delegation from QMUL signed agreements with prominent universities in South East Asia, including Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; Universiti Teknologi MARA and International Islamic University Malaysia in Malaysia and Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. The institutional Memoranda of Understanding signed with these universities will lead to closer collaboration in teaching and research, including exchange of staff and students, joint research, and more substantive Transnational Education activities.

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Design your own career Supporting student and graduate enterprise

Job satisfaction and variety, being your own boss and taking control of your career are just some of the reasons why more people are taking the plunge to go it alone as entrepreneurs. Hundreds of businesses have been launched by QMUL students and graduates and QMUL Careers & Enterprise is on hand to provide a range of support. Three entrepreneurial alumni with very different business ideas share their journeys with us.

Dr Harveen Chugh (Biology with Business Studies, 2001) Founder and Director, VIS-3 www.vis-3.com; Twitter: @HarveenC “Following my degree, I undertook a PhD exploring start-ups in the biotechnology sector at Imperial College. I came back to QMUL during this time as a teaching assistant for the same strategy module I had been taught as an undergraduate - a slightly surreal, but great experience! After my PhD, I became a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway, teaching and researching entrepreneurship, as well as working with students to help generate and develop their business ideas. I reached out to QMUL Careers & Enterprise in 2014 when I took on a new government role to support graduate entrepreneurs. I was intrigued to learn how support for 24

budding entrepreneurs had grown and it was a natural instinct to volunteer. I’ve since been invited to mentor on the 3 Day Startup and InQUBEate programmes, as well as judge the East London Social Hack competition. It’s been truly rewarding to play a role in developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Ironically, my own entrepreneurial career has developed simultaneously as I started VIS-3 in 2015, a specialised consultancy, which works with universities to provide expertise on start-up and growth programmes. Through mentoring, I hope the students gain advice, inspiration or knowledge from me for their business ideas. I also hope they will think about their future relationship with QMUL and the range of career options open to them within entrepreneurship. I wholeheartedly encourage other entrepreneurial alumni, or those in corporate roles with sector-specific knowledge, to get involved with the fantastic QMUL Careers & Enterprise team as I have no doubt that this is where some of tomorrow’s rising stars are just getting started!”


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Ariel Kamara (Design and Innovation, 2015) Co-Founder, KamAlive Chocolates www.kamalive.co.uk “I co-founded KamAlive Chocolates with my sister when I was in my final year. Inspired by our own desire to have a healthy and happy lifestyle, we hand make fresh, raw and, therefore, healthy chocolate. All of our products are refined sugar, dairy, gluten, egg, soy, preservative and additive free, as well as being vegan, paleo-friendly and Kosher certified. QMUL Careers & Enterprise helped us to get started with a ‘Try It’ award. I won a scholarship to attend the European Innovation Academy in Nice, where I learned about building and growing a start-up. KamAlive then received a ‘Grow It’ award, which came at the right time to help us expand. I also participated in InQUBEate, where I received weekly business advice from leading mentors. The guidance and support we received enabled us to build a solid foundation. Through experimentation and dedication, we have steadily expanded and are now moving into a larger manufacturing facility.”

Jinseok Choi (MSc Marketing, 2013) Director, Salt and Vinegar Tour Company www.svntour.com “My masters’ thesis inspired me to set up Salt and Vinegar Tour Company, a provider of Korean language guided tours of London, particularly for independent tourists who are managing their own itineraries. There are more than 150,000 Korean visitors to the UK each year but few Korean language guided tours so it’s a niche market! QMUL Careers & Enterprise endorsed me for a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa, which initially enabled me to stay in the UK for a year to establish my business. The team scrutinised my business plan and helped me to refine it. They also encouraged me to obtain Blue Badge Tourist Guide certification to improve my tour guiding skills and provide my company with more credibility. I now have a three year visa and am looking to expand the business by offering more creative and varied tour programmes to our clients.”

Enterprise support QMUL Careers & Enterprise offer current students and recent graduates (up to two years after their graduation date): • Seed funding - Three tiers of funding, ranging from £500 ‘Try it’ awards to test ideas, £5,000 ‘Grow It’ awards to develop existing businesses, and £10,000 ‘Build It’ awards to develop and patent prototypes • InQUBEate - A structured eight week mentoring and training programme for Enterprise Award winners • Boot camps - Three day enterprise boot camps are held twice a year to give students the opportunity to test ideas, form teams and meet industry contacts • 1-to-1 enterprise appointments Budding entrepreneurs can seek advice about any aspect of their business in weekly appointments • Makers Markets - Markets are held regularly both off and on campus to allow student and graduate crafters, inventors and designers to showcase and sell their work • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) International graduates with a credible business idea and relevant entrepreneurial skills can apply for endorsement from QMUL to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. To find out more, visit www.careers.qmul. ac.uk/students/enterprise. If you are an entrepreneurial graduate and would like to join InQUBEate as a mentor, email enterprise@qmul.ac.uk.

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Alumni news We are always pleased to hear from our former students so do keep in touch and share your news. Email alumni@qmul.ac.uk or submit your update using the enclosed form. For more news, visit www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/news. For a list of members of the alumni community who have recently passed away, visit www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/news/alumniremembered. 1946 Mary Duly (Westfield, History): In retirement, taught English/ History at an immigration centre for 25 years.

research has focused on small-scale energy systems for developing countries, particularly the influence on households and small informal sector enterprises.

1948 Ian Ferguson (QMC, Geography): “Still enjoying reasonable health and mobility at 85 and continuing to add to geographical studies unfinished 60 years ago. Spent five weeks in large parts of southern Africa in spring 2015 and Europe just on the doorstep. Wondering about any survivors of the Crowe/Mutton years when QMC was the pride of the Mile End Road and the Geography Department an active leader.”

1972 Revd Peter Edwards (QMC, French with Spanish): “I did a Theology degree at Cambridge in my 30s and retired from full-time ministry in the Methodist Church in 2015. Working part-time at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, heading up the healing ministry. Published The Healing Touch of God in 2011.”

1954 Dr David Urch (QMC, Chemistry; PhD, 1957): Part-time lecturer in Organic Chemistry at New York University (London). 1959 Josephine Bradley (QMC, French): Lived in São Paulo, Brazil from 1959-71, where she taught at the British Council and the Catholic University of São Paulo. Since then she has lived in San Francisco (Berkeley) and has spent her career in teaching and school administration. 1960 Lloyd Pennicott (QMC, Electrical Engineering): “Retired in 1998. Enjoying life with Joan and our three children and nine grandchildren. Living at the mouth of the River Derwent in Tasmania South.” 1965 Sir Roy Strong CH (QMC, History): Art historian and museum curator, was made a Companion of Honour for services to culture in the 2016 New Year Honours. 1971 Dr Joy Clancy (QMC, Chemistry): Appointed Chair of Energy and Gender at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands on 1 December 2015. For 30 years, her

1979 Jaswinderpal Singh (QMC, Aeronautical Engineering): Involved with the development of a fuel cell backup power system, which led to the launch of the UK’s first fuel cell powered ferry in Bristol in 2013. 1981 Bradley Hemmings MBE (QMC, English): Artistic Director of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, was made an MBE for services to culture and disability arts in the 2016 New Year Honours. 1982 Martin Clark CB (QMC, Electrical and Electronic Engineering): Air Vice Marshal in the Royal Air Force, was made a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the 2016 New Year Honours. 1988 Sally Ann McNab (QMC, Biochemistry): Completed an MBA and is currently doing a specialised masters in change and business transformation at Oxford. 1992 Professor Nicholas Jennings CB (PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering): Regius Professor and Head of the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to computer science and national security science in the 2016 New Year Honours.

Professor Jack Cuzick (Westfield, MSc Mathematics, 1971): Director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and Head of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been elected as a new Fellow of the Royal Society. He was named as one of the world’s most influential researchers in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers List 2015. 26


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1995 Shainal Jivan (Mechanical Engineering): “A couple of years ago, an idea I had been toying with for a while finally came to fruition: I co-founded Tai-Pan Beer Co, importers and distributors of craft beer and ciders in Hong Kong. In 2015, we expanded the business into the UK. I am finally living the dream, and putting the time spent doing ‘research’ at Drapers’ to good use!” 2000 Marianne Broderick (History): Returned to education in September 2014 to train as a doctor. 2004 Emily Jarvis (English): “While working at a local pet store, I became a certified groomer. I then qualified to work as a veterinary assistant, which led to two more years of schooling to become a vet tech.” 2007 Lucy Du-Jones (Law): Established dutían in November 2015, a provider of legal support for start-ups and small businesses. Lucy was involved with QMUL’s Legal Advice Centre as a student and following graduation, worked for top firms including Simmons & Simmons, Cisco and Allen & Overy.

2008 Charlotte Lownsborough (Film Studies): “After gaining experience in London working on several independent film and TV projects, I moved back up North to follow my passion and became involved with the feature film, A Royal Night Out, starring Rupert Everett and Emily Watson. I worked with some of the most talented people in the business, including Julian Jarrold (Director of Becoming Jane and Brideshead Revisited), as a Locations Department Runner and was lucky enough to receive a credit for my work on the film. My passion for cinema and my time at QMUL culminated in that moment of seeing my name up on the silver screen in cinemas across the UK. Thank you to all my former lecturers for inspiring me to follow my dreams!”

2009 Giuseppe Belpiede (Economics and Finance): A self-professed technology and travel enthusiast, has founded Stellup, a mobile app to meet people within university and company networks. “It solves a problem I faced while moving abroad several times: a simple way to meet new interesting people e.g. within the Queen Mary network.” See www.stellup.com. 2010 Thomas Pursglove (Politics): Elected as a Member of Parliament for Corby in the 2015 General Election. 2011 Monsurat Bakare (Biology with Psychology; MSc Neuroscience and Translational Medicine, 2012): Set up an online platform, Nigerian Networking Community, to inspire, educate and connect young Nigerian professionals around the world. See https://nignetworkcommunity.com. 2012 Sam Amrani (Law): Listed in the 2016 Maserati 100 index, which recognises the UK’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and upcoming entrepreneurs who are giving back to the next generation of business talent. Sam is the founder of two companies, Tamoco Ltd and Crowdit Ltd, and regularly mentors young entrepreneurs at QMUL. Jonathan Williams (German and Drama): “For the last four years, I have been living in Tianjin, China. I have been working in a middle school, teaching English and studying Mandarin at a university. Since September 2015, I have been working as an English lecturer at Ludong University, Yantai.” 2014 Abi Aldridge (Geography): In her role as a Programme Officer with the environmental charity Global Action Plan, Abi worked with Barts Health NHS Trust to help them to become more sustainable - the Trust consequently saved around £9.2m over the past few years. 2015 Rashid Ayupov (MPA Public Administration): Chief of Staff of the Office of the Mayor of Shymkent in Kazakhstan. Rashid was selected as the British Council Kazakhstan’s “Hero of the month” in May 2016 and was interviewed about his career to date and what he feels are the most important challenges for his country.

Dates for your diary For full event listings and information, visit www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/events or email alumni@qmul.ac.uk. For guidance on how to organise a reunion, visit www.qmul.ac.uk/alumni/events/bespokereunion.

31 October School of Law 50th Anniversary Dinner 30 November School of Geography Alumni Reunion and 13th David M Smith Annual Lecture 27

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The magazine for alumni and friends of Queen Mary University of London

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