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Global networking Coventry reunites with graduates overseas
Behind the headlines
Graduate and former Sun newspaper editor David Yelland reveals how his passion for journalism began in Coventry
Getting your career off the ground after graduation can be a challenge. We have graduati stories from four very different graduates in this issue though who explain how they g where they are today. From got the 80s graduate who became a 80 Chocolate Maker to the Nurse who did a Choc professional Diploma in the 90s – ﬁnd pro out how they achieved success by o reading their stories on pages 8-11.
We also have a special interview with former Sun newspaper editor David Yelland in this issue who talks about his days living and studying in Coventry on page 20. It’s interesting to read about David’s view of the city back then and how he sees it today. This issue is also packed with your updates, letters, reunions and events – so sit back and spend a bit of time catching up with your University.
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PS – We’re planning a fantastic Alumni Weekend in 2012 – read pages 38-39 for more details.
The alumni team
Alumni Relations Manager Maria Haslam Alumni Relations Ofﬁcer Kristina Anders Data Ofﬁcer Katharine Beer Annual Fund Ofﬁcer Brian Wilson Head of Fundraising Matt Feeley Development Manager Chris Smith
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This magazine is written and edited by Cheryl Liddle, designed by Rob Hearne for Coventry University, photography by Graham Harwood and printed by Emmersons Press. Cover photo by Charles Shearn. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue of evolve. Please keep sending in your stories.
This magazine is published twice a year for alumni of Coventry University. All letters, photos and news are welcomed but we reserve the right to edit any contributions. The opinions expressed in evolve are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reﬂect those of the Alumni Relations Ofﬁce or Coventry University.
12 Get Connected
Find out what old friends are doing now.
Vice-Chancellor Madeleine Atkins explains how the University is embracing future challenges
I am delighted that 94 percent of last year’s graduates went into employment, further study or professional training. It is evident from the updates from graduates in this issue of evolve that many of you are using your experience at Coventry to move into senior roles or develop businesses of your own. All universities are faced with the challenge of setting higher fees in light of the Government funding cuts and while we believe we can offer ﬁrst rate value for money on all our courses, we recognise the concern of students. We are committed to providing a competitively priced, excellent academic experience with opportunities for international study and a strong commitment to the employability of our graduates. Some of you recently spoke to students as part of a call campaign to help raise funds for scholarships and bursaries as well as gather support for projects. Your eagerness to help out was overwhelming and we’re delighted that so many of you want to support your alma mater and its future students. Thank you for your ongoing association with Coventry University – we really value your engagement with us.
18 My University
How two mature students graduated and set up their own business
Your views and opinions about Coventry
26 Lecturer in Focus
Graduates say farewell to lecturer David Browne as he retires from the University
See who has been back on campus or reuniting around the world
Find out about the latest events and activities on offer to graduates
08 Career Ladder
Four graduates reveal all about their career progression since Coventry
16 The Grand Challenge
competitions and offers
23 Book Prize
Win a copy of David Yelland’s book – The Truth about Leo
Solving the world’s biggest challenges with a targeted approach to applied research
20 Headline Act
How one graduate became one of the most inﬂuential people in the country
28 Changing Lives
How graduates support the University
30 Art Direction
What life was like studying at Coventry’s School of Art in the 1950s
37 Chocolate Goodies
Win chocolate goodies made by a graduate and chocolate maker
32 Growing a Business
Advice for developing a new business idea
37 Beneﬁts and Services
Find out about all the discounts and beneﬁts of being a member of FOCUS
40 University Gifts
Buy Coventry University branded souvenirs to remind you of your student days
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Professor Madeleine Atkins Vice-Chancellor
Writing on wall for graduates
wall of memories written by graduates made an emotional mark on graduation week in November last year. Hundreds of graduates and their families left messages of congratulations and thanks, as well as memories and sad farewells on a special wall in the Students’ Union (see box for an example of some of the messages). Over 3,000 graduates adorned their cap and gowns and walked through the Cathedral in honour of
The latest campus and graduate news
their hard work and commitment at the University during the special graduation week. The Alumni Ofﬁce also asked graduates to vote for their dream job after graduation and the most popular roles were a Princess and a Ninja – both with 25% of the votes each. Pirates and Chocolatiers came in joint-second with 20% of the votes and only 10% of those asked wanted to be a Magician. All graduates received a commemorative pin badge from
the alumni ofﬁce and were invited to place their messages on the wall, and be entered into a prize draw to win chocolate hampers and other treats. Les Young was one of the ﬁrst to graduate from a course in Advancing Practice, Emergency Care and won a Green & Blacks chocolate hamper in the prize draw. Les said: “I’m thrilled to win a hamper – I will now have a very happy wife! I am already working in my dream job as an emergency nurse supporting the troops. But I wouldn’t mind being a Ninja!” MEMORY WALL HIGHLIGHTS • “May this wonderful place of learning go from strength to strength. People have reached many goals.” • “My daughter Naomi has enjoyed her time in Coventry and is now practising her midwifery in Swmelon. Thank you.” • “My mommy is grajuwayting. When I grow up I’m going to be a ners.”
raduates will now ﬁnd it even easier to continue their professional development at Coventry thanks to a new website and coordinated approach. Access to information and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses has been made much simpler and there are key contacts for businesses who want to ﬁnd out more
about bespoke provision. Statistics show that 80% of the 2020 workforce is already in employment, which will create a huge skills gap if employees do not update their training. Project Manager Sara Lines said: “Investing in higher-level skills through CPD will ensure professionals remain competitive
in the global economy. The speed of technological, global and demographic change will leave some individuals behind if they don’t upskill now.” The University offers a range of courses in key industry sectors. Call +44 (0) 24 7688 7798 or visit www.coventry.ac.uk/cpd for more details.
SPEAKERS: (l-r) Peter Shillcock, Professor David Bailey and Martyn Hollingsworth at a recent event.
Global leaders inspire
lumni are inspiring postgraduates about global leadership as part of a new programme. The Global Leaders Programme, which started in 2010, gives postgraduates the opportunity to enhance their leadership potential for global organisations. Graduates with experience of working in multi-national companies have been offering their expert advice to students on the Programme. Among the presenters at recent events have been graduate Peter Shillcock, Chief Operating Ofﬁcer for Manganese Bronze Holdings and Martyn Hollingsworth, Director, Vehicle Evaluation from Jaguar Land Rover pictured with Professor David Bailey. The University launched the programme in response to demands from employers for individuals with the skills to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams. www.coventry.ac.uk/glp for more information.
Opportunities at Jaguar Land Rover
www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com for more information.
aguar Land Rover is looking for experienced graduates interested in a career change. The global organisation is looking to recruit graduates with commercial skills to join its market-leading Purchasing team. Jaguar Land Rover contacted the alumni ofﬁce to target Coventry graduates with the opportunity to apply for positions and the vacancies were ﬁrst posted on the FOCUS Linkedin page and in the alumni e-newsletter.
The opportunity will mean putting commercial skills and purchasing, sales or project management experience to the test to drive Jaguar Land Rover’s ongoing growth and help create some of the most desirable, innovative and exhilarating vehicles in the world. John Beck Senior Buyer at Jaguar Land Rover said: “While we are advertising for Purchasing careers, the experience is not so speciﬁc. The company is looking for a whole range of disciplines.”
Recognition for lecturers
wo of the University’s lecturers are celebrating recognition in very different ﬁelds. Keith Burnham, Director of CTAC and Associate Head of Mathematics,
Statistics and Engineering Science, received an ‘Honorable Mention Award’ at the centenary celebration of Technical Universities in Poland. This prestigious award is one of only ten to recognise the scientiﬁc contributions made to the Wroclaw University of Technology by someone outside of Poland. The award recognises the beneﬁts from synergies between control engineering and computer science which have arisen over the years at Coventry and Wroclaw, such as the launch of the common Masters programme in Advanced Informatics and Control which will recruit its ﬁrst
cohort this year. Meanwhile, John Beech, Head of Sport & Tourism Applied Research, has won the Football Supporters’ Federation Writer of the Year award. John’s blog, Football Management (http://footballmanagement. wordpress.com), follows the ﬁnances and other management issues of football clubs, including the high level of insolvency in the English game. Malcolm Clarke, Chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation came to Coventry (pictured above left) personally to give the award to Dr. Beech in front of his colleagues from the Business School.
London Campus opens
oventry University ofﬁcially opened its new London Campus (CULC) in December 2010 and its ﬁrst students have started a range of MBA programmes and topup undergraduate programmes. Situated in the centre of London’s ﬁnancial district, just 250 metres from Liverpool Street Station, CULC has already attracted international students from countries such as China, India, Nigeria and parts of the Middle East. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities that include a unique fully simulated ﬁnancial trading ﬂoor to enhance business teaching and learning at the campus. The CULC courses have been developed in consultation with
hysiotherapy graduate Nicky Hunt won two gold medals for archery at the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. Nicky, who graduated from Coventry in 2006, won the women’s individual compound gold and was also a member of England’s three-strong team – along with Nichola Simpson and Danielle Brown – that came ﬁrst in the women’s compound event. While Nicky studied at Coventry she was also a recipient of a sports scholarship for her archery. These scholarships are given to students who have achieved excellence in a sporting performance. Vince Mayne, Deputy Director of Student Health and Well Being said how impressed the University was with Nicky’s success. “We are all very proud of Nicky. Her dedication to her sport has truly paid off and I’m sure I speak on behalf of her former lecturers in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences as well where Nicky is remembered as a popular and committed student.” The University gives the sports scholarships to student athletes to support them with costs such as tuition fees, accommodation, sports services, books, equipment and travel. They are a bonus for student athletes to help them reach their sporting potential. “Nicky has achieved gold in India and now we will all be rooting for her in 2012 to do the same in London at the Olympics,” said Vince. Visit www.nickyhunt.co.uk.
business leaders and prospective MBA students. Janet Hannah, Director of CULC, said: “CULC gives the international student the opportunity to learn about business and to study and work in one of the world’s leading ﬁnancial markets, London. “It is the ideal setting for international students to immerse themselves in both the academic and practical side of the business world. CULC is at the very heart of London’s ﬁnancial district and is an exciting place to be.” For more information about courses and facilities visit the website www.coventry.ac.uk/ londoncampus.
Volunteering case studies
VOLUNTEERS: Students enjoying the annual Big Challenge Project
he Students’ Union is looking for graduates who were involved in volunteering activities while they were students. CUSU Volunteering and Employability (formerly Horizon Volunteering) is an award-winning service and wants to use the case studies to promote the beneﬁts of volunteering to students. Volunteering & Employability Manager Corrine Gordon said: “It’s your views on your experience that makes the difference! We know that many of you had a fantastic time whilst volunteering, and gained skills and experience to help you develop your career – so please volunteer to write a short case study to tell us all about it!”
Graduates who want to write a case study should include the following information: • Where you volunteered and what you got up to? • The beneﬁts to you both personally and professionally. • If it helped you with your career development and how? • Anything about your experience you think potential volunteers would like to know. • Any photos of your volunteering experience that you would like to be featured with your case study. Email Corinne Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org with your case study or call +44 (0) 24 7679 5210.
Graduates remember their favourite lecturer
Dr Adrian Wood and Dr Sue Charlesworth (Geography lecturers) were by far the best lecturers I have ever come across. Both very knowledgeable, inspirational, supportive and always willing to share a joke! Thanks to both for being part of the happiest days of my life. Kiren Rana, (Geography, 2006) My favourite tutor was Senior Lecturer Alistair Gray. He was down to earth, knowledgeable, interested in his students and caring. Kimberley Hughes, (Nursing and Paramedic Science, 2008 My favourite tutor was Jon Baxter, he introduced me into the CAD/CAM world in a very practical and ‘learning by doing’ way. It was the starting point in my career to become a computer aided design expert! Alejandro Robledo Gallo (European Engineering Studies, 2007) My favourite tutors were Dr Khalid Abdullah and Dr Jonathan Salked. Fully specialised in their areas, brilliant presentation skills. Very focused and excellent practical knowledge. Abdul Saboor (Innovative Management, 2009) Steve Foster and Nick Squires were both totally committed to making a success of the law faculty in the period following conversion to University status. Nick is utterly charming and kindly and Steve is the epitome of ‘tough but fair.’ A great combination of educators. Charles E. Shepherd (Law, 1994)
ne graduate has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to do research in Canada and the USA about rescue teams who have attended large scale disasters. Ian Nuttall (Specialist Rescue Diploma, 2009), is a Leicestershire Fire Fighter and was a member of the 61 strong UK Fire and Rescue Service International Search and Rescue Team (UK-ISAR) that went out to New Zealand recently. Ian went over to Christchurch following the 6.3 Richter scale earthquake which caused widespread destruction and multiple fatalities in the city centre. The main aim of UK-ISAR is to help with rescue efforts in natural disasters and Ian is skilled in that area. “It was a privilege to be able to use the knowledge and skills that I have learnt to beneﬁt both the New Zealand authorities and the families of the victims. I now aim to use
this personal experience of being deployed to a disaster to assist with my Travelling Fellowship.” Ian will meet rescue teams and their members to share experiences from other large scale disasters, and to see what can be learnt from both attending these types of events as well as training for them. After graduating from his diploma at Coventry, Ian was chosen to be a member of Leicestershire’s contingent of the UK Fire and Rescue Service’s volunteer International Search and Rescue (UK ISAR) Team. “The idea is to go forward and build on what I did at Coventry and what I am doing now with the Fellowship to progress in the world of disasters and helping others,” said Ian about his Fellowship. For more information about the Fellowship visit the website www.wcmt.org.uk.
RESCUE: Ian in New Zealand helping after the earthquake and (inset) ﬁnding a dog among the rubble
Four graduates reveal how their careers and lives have progressed since leaving Coventry
The business woman
LORNA MARSH (Dance and Professional Practice, 2006), was the ﬁrst woman in a wheelchair in the UK to graduate from a dance degree. She started her new venture Smooth Wheels in 2010. AFTER GRADUATION I have been teaching children with autism dance and drama for various organisations, the main one being ActOne ArtsBase. I was a head teacher there running regular classes. THE IDEA About three and a half years ago I wanted to go travelling but realised that most of the information out there was provided by people who don’t use a wheelchair. I thought it would be great if there was a database of information (updated by members) full of accessible social venues, such as clubs and restaurants all over the UK. As well as travel information, I thought Smooth Wheels could offer a database of PAs/carers that people could turn to in an emergency or while travelling away from home. I was ﬁnding it difﬁcult to ﬁnd the right type of person (PA/carer) for the activities I wanted to take part in and it’s extremely frustrating if your PA is off sick and you need emergency cover. Most disabled people I know have at some point had to cope without a PA due to sickness or an emergency. When you are disabled you are very dependent on a PA/carer helping you to get out of bed, for example. I am hoping that Smooth Wheels could be a comfort blanket in those situations. BIGGEST CHALLENGE Getting the website created was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, much harder than the degree and I didn’t think that was possible! When you have an idea in your head it’s so difﬁcult to explain it to somebody else, especially if you are dyslexic and as particular as I am! It didn’t help that the website designers are based in America but we got there in the end after a lot of stress. I am beginning to slowly feel proud but really need other people to get behind the whole concept and help Smooth Wheels develop. FUTURE AIMS I want Smooth Wheels to help disabled people in the UK by becoming a one stop shop; a network of information; a place to ﬁnd accommodation; PAs to go travelling with and places to go to while on the road. For more information visit www.smoothwheels.co.uk.
The Chocol ate
DUFFY SHEARDOWN (Politics, History and International Relations, 1980) used his degree to get a job in Formula 1 motor racing. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Duffy recently launched a new venture called Red Star Chocolate with a mission to create the best chocolate bars in the world.
AFTER GRADUATION I worked for a small ﬁbreglass company during the summer to earn money for University and decided if I was going to work in that ﬁeld, I would look to the top end of the business – Formula 1. I applied for one job with an F1 team and got it. There were very few people working with carbon ﬁbre at the time so the race teams had to train the technicians themselves. I used to take students from Coventry University on industrial placements when I managed a race car construction company called G-Force on the South coast. That put me in contact with Bernard Porter who was highly thought of by the students. A few years later I bumped into him at the Autosport Show at the NEC and he asked if I might be willing to share some of my experiences with students on the Motorsports course. I just do a few days a year rambling on about the old days. THE IDEA I heard a BBC Radio 4 Food programme which mentioned
that ‘only Cadburys’ made chocolate from beans in this country. My racing approach made me think ‘how hard can that be? I could do that,’ so I started looking into it. I’d already done 25 years in racing by then, which felt like enough. I made chocolate at home for a year and then, when the race team I worked for closed, I took the plunge and rented a factory and bought the equipment. Red Star is a name I used in racing when consulting so I carried it over to the chocolate business.It hints at the ethical basis of what I am trying to do – dealing direct with the cocoa farmers and paying over the odds for coca beans so that they can pay their staff properly. BIGGEST CHALLENGE I don’t look at things in that way. Racing is a constant series of challenges, arriving one after another after another. You just get on with it and learn that change is the nature of the business. In chocolate I need more stockists but we are growing steadily.
FUTURE AIMS Duffy’s Chocolate needs to be available in more delis and specialist chocolate shops so I will be concentrating on that this year. I am about to introduce another two single-origin bars to the range plus bars incorporating ﬂavours – a milk chocolate with cocoa nibs and salt, and a dark chocolate with cocoa nibs and coffee. Quality has to be kept at the highest level. It’s already the best chocolate in the UK and so I have to aim to make it the best in the world. As for motor racing we shall see – it is our ﬁrst race this weekend and that should give us a baseline and show us how much faster we need to be. It will be the usual things – some aero improvements, lose some weight and get the mechanical grip to the highest possible level whilst keeping reliable. It sounds easy if you say it quickly enough! Visit Duffy’s website at www.redstarchocolate. com to buy the bars or turn to page 37 to try and win some!
Pictures courtesy of Martin Christy
SAMSON LAM (Sports Management, 2002) only took two weeks to ﬁnd a job after graduation and is still working with the Hong Kong Cricket Club and learning about the game. The Club is steeped in history and was one of the ﬁrst Cricket Clubs to launch outside of England. AFTER GRADUATION This was my ﬁrst job since graduation – I started out as the Club’s Recreation Assistant and am now the Assistant Sports and Events Manager. I remember ﬁnding the vacancy in the Classiﬁed Post. I was quite lucky back then as I only sent off three application letters for different job vacancies and got accepted. It took me about two weeks to ﬁnd my ﬁrst job. THE IDEA I always wanted to work in the sports and recreation ﬁeld so it is ideal for me to be working for this Club. Although I did not know anything about Cricket before working here and I am still far from fully understanding the game! I mainly deal with anything related to sports within the Club. It is a member’s Club, so I deal with members’ enquiries, comments and complaints. The Club also offers a variety of sporting facilities including tennis courts, squash courts, gym, golf simulators, swimming pool, TenPin bowling alley, indoor cricket centre and multi-purpose sports hall. My team and I ensure the daily running and maintenance of these facilities. We also assist different sports teams with their participation in the local leagues and social events. I also assist in running various clubs or private events (mainly sports related) for Club members. BIGGEST CHALLENGE There are always new requests from our members and we also need to constantly come up with new ideas to please members. The most recent challenge for me has to be taking up part of the responsibility of building a close relationship with China Cricket in developing a new sport in the country. My work had previously always been inside the Club, so it is new and exciting for me to be working on something external. FUTURE AIMS To continue to develop and increase the standard of Hong Kong Football has always been my long term goal; so hopefully I will have the chance to achieve this at some stage in my life. To ﬁnd out more about the Hong Kong Cricket Club visit http://www.hkcc.org/ and for information on Sports Management courses visit www.coventry.ac.uk/pg/sport.
JAYNE ARMITAGE (Specialist Professional Practice, 1997) has been nursing since the 1970s and returned to Coventry in the 90s to top up her skills in Orthopaedics. Jayne has continued to further her career with extra qualiﬁcations and says being a nurse is her ideal job. AFTER GRADUATION I ﬁrst did a nursing qualiﬁcation in 1977 at Warwickshire School of Nursing. I’d always had an interest in orthopaedic nursing, which is why I decided to do the diploma. Having the orthopaedic knowledge gave me more conﬁdence and when students came on to the ward I was able to be a mentor and assess them. I could also explain to patients about the surgery and answer any questions that they didn’t feel they could ask the doctor. I work in Rugby St Cross, which is part of University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW), in Orthopaedic Pre-Op Assessment. I see anyone who is admitted for routine surgery to do a health screening to make sure they are well enough to go on the waiting list and for anaesthetic. THE IDEA I always wanted to be a nurse from when I was very young. I don’t know why I just knew it was something I wanted to do. You see people come in quite poorly and it’s so good to see them going out looking pain free. It’s not just the patients; it’s the families as well. They become friends. Some people will come back and let you know how they got on in surgery. It’s good to see that they do remember you. I went on to get an MA in Health, Law and Ethics in 2006 from the University of Wales, on a distant learning course, as I had always been interested in the law and how it ﬁts in with nursing. BIGGEST CHALLENGE Being able to carry on my career, have a family and still be in a position where you can continue to learn and keep on top of things is a challenge! I have two daughters and when they were both young, nursing enabled me to escape the nappies and the children routine for a while. My eldest daughter was very young when I was studying for my diploma, which was hard work. I’d had my youngest daughter when I went on to study for my MA. The MA made me think about my practice and what a ﬁne line there is between right and wrong. You have to put aside what you believe in yourself and concentrate on what the patient wants. It’s a challenge but it’s something I enjoy passing on to students now too – getting them to think differently. FUTURE PLANS I don’t want to do any more formal qualiﬁcations as I can’t go any further without going into education full time. I’m a hands on nurse so I’m not interested in moving into a management role as I would miss the patient contact. I’m happy doing the role I do now. To ﬁnd out more about nursing courses visit www.coventry.ac.uk/hls
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Graduated 1960s Anna Phillips (nee Brian) Fine Art, 1966
I left Coventry College of Art and embarked on a teaching career, while also continuing to paint. In 1986 I had a picture hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and have shown there a number of times since. At present I have taken a new direction with print-making.
Jonathan Brew Business Law, 1977
I qualiﬁed as a solicitor in Oct 1980 and became a partner at Harrison Clark Worcester in 1985 and senior partner in 2003. The ﬁrm is a legal 500 ﬁrm and last year it opened a “new” ofﬁce by merger with Jordan’s in Cheltenham. We have 160 staff and 20 partners.
Neelam Joshi Biology/ Geography, 1981
When I graduated, Britain was undergoing a recession (some things never change). After working on an organic farm in Devon, clerical duties at Everready Batteries for more than two years, I worked as a Stewardess for British Airways for almost three years before I met my husband while on holiday in the US. The same year we married I settled in New Jersey, US, and joined the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and got another degree in Interior Design after four years. I had my ﬁrst baby in the summer of 1991 – the same year I graduated. I worked part time with designers for a while until deciding to open my own home based business in silver jewellery ﬁve years ago. I import all my items from India, Israel and Turkey and sell through a number of stores and salons here in New Jersey. While I haven’t used my science degree per se, it was an excellent education. I have fond memories of the lectures in computer programming, our ecology ﬁeld trips on the beach in driving rain in Pembroke and staying in a beautiful house by the lake in the Lake District. The population studies we did in Cardiff, topography measurements in ﬁelds, scrumpy in Devon pubs...the list goes on. I made some of my best friends there who remain nearest and dearest to me still. Best years of self discovery and angst!
Peter Helliwell Modern Languages, 1979 Alison Holden Applied Social Science, 1974
I took early retirement from the Home Ofﬁce in 2009 at the age of 57. Not one regret! A satisfying career but great now to do what I like. I have taken early retirement after 28 years as a secondary-school teacher. I have a much-reduced income but my sanity is intact!
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evolve get connected Keith Guy Social Work, 1988
I have just completed a BA (Hons) Counselling at Plymouth University in one year (2010 – full time) because of my CQSW at Coventry University. I am now a Clinical Director at the Red Poppy Company.
Simon Kirk Fine Art, 1999
After graduating, I moved to London. High rents and long working hours meant I had little time to pursue my art career. Just over two years ago I moved back to my hometown of Leigh-on-Sea, which has a thriving art community. I became self-employed, started a website and this year had work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I am gradually building up a client base, name recognition and gallery interest despite tough economic times. Please visit www.simon-kirk.co.uk or www.facebook.com/simonkirkﬁneart for more information.
Maureen McNall Modern Studies, 1990
After graduating, I worked as a Fundraiser for a Marine Charity in Coventry, I also carried on with my role as Jazz Correspondent for the Coventry Evening Telegraph and other publications. On moving to Ireland, I wrote a short book on the Social History of my family. I’ve done some broadcasting on local radio and read articles I wrote for our Arts Festival. I’m also involved with our local Heritage society. In recent years I’ve become very interested in Classical Civilization and have visited many of the ancient sites in Greece, Cyprus and Italy, as well as read much on the subject. I’m currently writing a novel set in the ﬁrst part of the 20th century. I keep up to date with what’s going on in Coventry through my family (my daughter is a teacher) and news. Taking a degree course is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve been recommending it to young people ever since.
Stella Coote Occupational Therapy, 1992
I retired from the National Health Service as an Occupational Therapist in 1996 due to a back injury. In 2006 I was awarded a BSc at Wolverhampton University in Health Studies. In 2007 I was awarded a PGCE. I taught students with learning difﬁculties at Wolverhampton College and in 2010 I was awarded an MA (Special and Inclusive Education) at University of Worcester. I am now continuing my academic studies.
Ahmad Faisaluddin Business studies, 1997
Since graduating, I have been involved in Malaysia’s (my home country) Oil and Gas industry. My area of specialisation focuses on Project Management (for both the onshore and offshore sectors of the industry). It has been hard at times but it is quite rewarding, and has enabled me to travel and work in various parts of the country. I plan to continue to enjoy it more (and probably get a chance for an international posting in the future).
Olivier Descottes European Engineering Studies, 1995
I have been living in Argentina, Buenos Aires, since 2008. I’ve created ACCS Iberoamerica (Air Conveyors and Consulting Services).
Stephen Hall Civil Engineering, 1992
I am an Associate Director for Arup, responsible for a series of major highway projects in Wales and Northern Ireland with a portfolio value of over £200m.
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Graduated 2000s John Findlay Automotive Engineering, 2003
After taking part in the TV show Robot Wars, I started my own company. After seven years of events, I secured a deal with a ﬁnancial investor for a large show at the O2 over Easter 2011. Along with my Robot Wars events throughout the UK, I am also heavily involved in running educational projects in schools across the UK promoting engineering and teaching robotics.
Daniel Dalton International Relations and Politics, 2003 Timothy Read Technical Communication, 1994 (MA Design and Digital, 2000)
I have great memories of time spent propping up the Mandela and Biko Bars in the Students’ Union. I certainly can’t forget the massive food ﬁght in Priory Hall refectory in 1989. It took the decorators weeks to chisel the custard off the walls! I’ve got fond memories of living with Chris, Jason, Fish, Alan and Enzo the cat in my ﬁnal year. I moved house recently and found pictures of them all (some that can’t be published) but we have now sadly lost touch. I worked for seven years in my father’s video production company before returning to Coventry to do my MA part time. I married my wonderful wife Elizabeth in 1998 and we now have two lovely boys Sam and Joshua. In 2001 I formed my own company specialising in Outside Broadcast camerawork. I currently work on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and a wide variety of sports events including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Royal Ascot and Epsom Derby. Recent highlights include ﬁlming HRH Prince Charles and working for the BBC at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. I enjoyed my time at Coventry and it helped give me the conﬁdence to get out into the big wide world and make a life for me and my family. I currently live in Brussels. I got married this year and was a MEP candidate in the European Elections 2009. I am happy to come to speak to students about career opportunities in politics and European Institutions.
Mahir Gazdar Business Information, 2004
In addition to teaching Arabic at the City College, I teach at Coventry Muslim Resource Centre. I also do some casual interpretation across the city for people who cannot speak English. Apart from that, I have launched a website for teaching travel Arabic online: www.mahirteachesarabic.com
Lewis Green Business and Technology Management, 2006
I started work in 2006 for Morris / Kone Cranes as a Project Manager and was made redundant in late 2009 due to the economic situation in the UK. I started work again as a Project Manager for Flowserve in early 2010. I am still working for Flowserve currently.
Steven Hatcher Transport Design, 2006
I was a sales executive for the Ford Motor Company for eight months and then left to travel around Europe. When I returned I struggled to ﬁnd permanent employment in design but found freelance work designing public transport interiors. In May 2010, I secured employment with John Lewis as a Kitchen Designer.
evolve get connected Chris Platt Motorsport Engineering, 2006
Following my graduation, I worked locally in Coventry for 12 months before being selected for a job in a Motorsport engineering ﬁrm (www.safetydevices.com) near Cambridge where I now live. During four years, I have progressed to become Design Engineer, improving and updating many of the existing product lines as well as being responsible for development of new products.
Ralph Solly Graphic Design and Illustration, 2008
Working as a graphic designer for a small studio called Fifteen65 outside Newbury, producing and designing limited edition books for music artists such as Pavarotti, Ronnie James Dio, Kiss, Jimi Hendrix with collectors vinyl. Also designing websites, brochures and brand identities for a variety of clients. In my freelance work I continue to design for three record labels among other clients. I run a record label and launched my website: www.HI-IM-RALPH.co.uk www.HI-IM-RALPH.blogspot.com
Paul Reilly Business Management, 2007 (and Joanne Slim)
In April 2009 I married another Coventry graduate, Joanne Slim, in Stratford-upon-Avon. In January of 2010 we started life in the Netherlands, having been moved there by the Dow Chemical company following their acquisition of my previous company (Rohm and Haas). It is a big change after twenty years of living in Coventry but we are both enjoying it immensely.
Mark Knechtle Electronics Technology, 2008
I worked for a year and a half as control engineer for ABB. Now I have changed to the E-mobility department within ABB.
Lydia Williams Physiotherapy, 2009
I am currently working for a private physiotherapy company called Physiotherapy Wales. I also work for the Cardiff Blues U18’s rugby team and with the Wales Touch Rugby team for the 2010 European Championships and for the 2011 World Championships. We won the European Championships with the ladies team and the men’s U35’s team won a silver. I have been back to talk to third year Physiotherapy students about my work too and have been offered a modelling contract on the strength of the contacts I made at Coventry. Not bad as I only graduated in 2009!
Hiten Dhillon Law, 2009
I am a Barrister for Boyd Jahani, Barristers & Solicitors Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am a litigator with a focus on Family Law, Criminal Law, Immigration law and down the road some Real Estate law. The ﬁrm only consists of trial lawyers.
John Horgan Automotive Engineering Design 1993, MBA Engineering Management 2005
I am a Purchasing Manager at Jaguar Land Rover with responsibility for products built at our Halewood facility. I am currently part of the launch team delivering the new Range Rover Evoque.
Research shows these are the best read pages in evolve – so why not share your news and updates with alumni in the next issue of evolve? Email alumni@coventry. ac.uk with 100 words or less giving an overview of where in the world you are now. Keep in touch!
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rotecting the world and making it a better place for future generations is a collective responsibility. But tackling some of the major challenges that society faces now and in the future requires specialist expertise, experience and research. It’s a critical role that Higher Education Institutions can perform and Coventry University has revealed its contribution to solving these global issues with a new research strategy. The plan is
focused on six Grand Challenge Initiatives – areas where the University has identiﬁed its expertise can have a signiﬁcant impact. These research areas offer massive opportunities for staff, students, graduates and partners of the University to collaborate on projects. Interdisciplinary activity across the University’s departments and faculties will be encouraged to involve a broad range of expertise and strengthen results.
These initiatives will enable the University to work more closely with external partners, enhance the student experience, build on its reputation for high quality research and, most importantly, address grand challenges on a global scale. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Marshall is leading the new research agenda and said it had charged colleagues, students and partners with a new energy and enthusiasm.
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Integrated Transport & Logistics
Supporting the provision of better-informed, efﬁcient and safe integrated public transport and logistics services. Increasing business and Government understanding of the design, provision and use of transport/ logistics networks with emphasis on linking to environmental and information technologies.
This challenge is focused on both technological innovation and novel, creative content to ﬁnd new ways to exploit digital environments.
Supporting a growing population of older people from the provision of healthcare and design of equipment to the positive aspects of wellbeing and social inclusion.
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The University is on a mission to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in a targeted new approach to its research projects
“Coventry has always been focused on research that has real tangible gains, that makes an impact on society and improves the way we live. While we will still be working on a complete range of research projects, these Grand Challenge Initiatives will ensure Coventry University is focused on helping to shape a brighter future for us all.” A range of projects are already underway for all of the challenges and you can read more about them in the University’s applied research magazine Innovate or by visiting www.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet. There are also ways Friends of Coventry University (FOCUS) members can help the University tackle society’s most pressing concerns. You may work in a business that wants support in diversifying to environmental technologies, or you might be developing a product that will support older people or those living with long term health conditions. Perhaps you are keen on ﬁnding out more about how accurate measurement techniques can be introduced into your business or interested in adapting your home to reduce its carbon emissions. Whatever your interest, if you would like to be a part of the University’s exciting plans contact Andrew Tonks Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Low Impact Buildings
Delivering practical solutions, knowledge and innovation to industry and the public sector. It will cover a wide range of aspects from construction materials and methods to intelligent monitoring and user experience of new technologies.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food
This challenge will be focused on areas of policy, social science and management associated with development of sustainable domestic and international agriculture and food systems.
Low Carbon Vehicles
Testing, evaluating and designing the vehicles and associated systems needed to establish low carbon vehicles as viable alternatives to traditional modes of transport.
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“A chef changed our lives”
Meeting at Coventry led to marriage and business success for graduates Rob Marchant and Pam Cain
Why did you set up your own company? Rob and I were mature students and met at Coventry while I was studying Geography and then an MSc in Rural Change and Rob was studying Automotive Engineering Design as a BEng and MEng. After graduation I worked for a local regeneration agency and then set up as an environmental consultant and Rob worked for local company Brose Ltd and then Bentley Motor Cars in Crewe before setting up as an engineering design consultant. On a weekend away in Harrogate in 2008 we met a chef who was a diabetic. He had developed an idea for an insulin injection pen that could record when you had an injection and remind you of the next one but he could not get anyone to help him develop it. We recognised it had a lot of potential so we set up Mediche Ltd in 2009 to try and market the injection pen, which is now a full diabetes management system, called Mediche LifeOne.
How successful have you been so far? We won the Lord Stafford Award for Impact Through Innovation in 2009 for Mediche LifeOne, which was a surprise and have been selected as members of the ICT Excellence Club. We moved into the University’s Health Design & Technology (HDTI) building this year. We have strong ties with Coventry (I grew up here as well as it being our University city) and the HDTI is a brilliant building; we’ll be working alongside other health development companies too.
money to do other prototypes. It’s not that easy at the moment as there is very little money about. We’re also helping a group of doctors who have an idea for monitoring drug and alcohol dependents and treatments for some cancers and several other people have approached us with ideas too. What about the chef? He is a director of Mediche but he’s also a restaurateur in Yorkshire and has set up a high-class catering company. He is ﬂabbergasted that his idea has been taken so far as he had tried without success on his own. It has changed his life and ours as well. For more information visit www.mediche.com or www.hdti.org.uk
What does Mediche do? We design, develop and engineer other people’s ideas to help them take them to market. If we can talk to people before they talk to anyone else we can help them to either design and develop it through us or point them in the right direction but all under the protection of non-disclosure agreements.
What about the future? We are in the process of raising money – as we’re a start-up and haven’t been trading, we’re off the venture capitalists’ radar. We would prefer to fund as much as possible ourselves so we are gathering a number of small investors together to help us to develop the working prototype. As soon as we have that HDTI will do some testing for us. From there we can re-deﬁne it and get the
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Graduate David Yelland reveals how a determination to succeed made him one of the most inﬂuential people in the country as editor of Britain’s biggest selling newspaper
lot has happened in the 30 years since former Sun editor David Yelland was at Coventry studying for his Economics degree – for him, the city and the University. As an industrial city suffering in a poor economic climate, David remembers Coventry in the mid1980s as a depressed place. And it wasn’t just the city that felt down on its luck back then either. Losing all of his hair at the age of 12 through alopecia had severely affected David’s conﬁdence. He wore a wig throughout his time at Coventry and described himself as shy. He arrived at Coventry from Harrogate having come through an “interesting” set of A-levels. Although naturally intelligent and passionate about his subject, he wasn’t comfortable in an academic setting.
“I’ve got a butterﬂy brain,” said David who returned to the city in 2010 to talk to aspiring journalists about his life and career. “I’ve got a very short attention span and I jump from thing to thing. When I got here, when I was 18, I felt I hadn’t done as well as I should have done. I was a passionate economist and I wanted to be an academic, which is why my A-levels were so disappointing. I was very impressed with the degree course and I gradually woke up to the fact, during the ﬁrst year, that this was a serious place and these were serious people.” It was at Coventry where his ambition to be a journalist started to take shape. From day one he admits 50 percent of his time was spent on journalism – becoming the Communications Director of the Union in his ﬁrst term and continuing with the post throughout his three years at the University. The position meant that, as well as holding a place on the Exec Committee of the Students’ Union, David edited a weekly newsletter and appeared on local radio station Mercia Sound (now Mercia FM) once a month as a student rep.
“I had a very determined attitude and I did have a faith that I might be quite good at it [journalism]. I knew I could string words together, that I could communicate in print what I couldn’t – at the time – verbally.” His determination proved to be his talisman during a time when unemployment was high and newspaper recruitment was low. After nearly 100 rejections from newspapers – “I’ve still got the letters” – he ﬁnally landed a place on the prestigious Westminster Press Graduate Training Scheme.
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I can remember being told by my housemates that I would never get into national journalism because you had to be an Oxbridge graduate. In fact, I only wanted to get into local newspapers. The idea of national newspapers was a dream beyond my horizons
Lead picture courtesy of EADT Suffolk Magazine and inset and cover photo by Charles Shearn
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But to what David describes as a ‘surprise’ he not only made it to the nationals but ended up editing a newspaper with the highest circulation in the UK. He was recruited to The Sun at the age of 27 by editor Kelvin MacKenzie to ﬁll the new position of City Editor and within eight years, via a spell in the States with Rupert Murdoch’s newly acquired New York Post, he was editor. But David’s liberal politics (he was a card-carrying member of the SDP while at Coventry) were in sharp contrast to the almost exclusive Conservative staff of The Sun. Secondly, his drive for journalism was fuelled by his passion for politics and economics – not showbusiness stories about people he had never heard of.
“Journalism is changing rapidly, but I think there is a constant demand for news. From the outside it seems impossible to get in and everyone is brilliant, but it just isn’t like that. I’d be very positive and not give up”
“I was not a natural editor of The Sun, and I had never pretended to be one. But I think there was a feeling that The Sun had become slightly irrelevant. So Rupert asked me to provide a sheet of A4 with what I would do with the paper. I did that, he gave me the job, and I implemented what was on my sheet of A4 within about 10 weeks.” David’s change of direction for the paper included enthusiastic backing of the Northern Ireland peace process. When Patrick Magee, whose bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the 1984 Conservative Party was intended to assassinate Margaret Thatcher and
her cabinet, was released as part of the Good Friday Agreement, David placed the story on page 2 instead of on the cover. “The Sun sets the tone for the rest of the media,” says David. “The fact that The Sun didn’t get angry about the peace process helped the Government.” But it was while at The Sun that the cracks started to show. Last year, David admitted that he was drunk throughout his editorship of the paper and that it had led to some errors of judgement. But he confessed he ﬁrst suspected that he had an alcohol problem when he was a student at Coventry. “I started drinking when I was 16 or 17 and I attended a lot of lectures half cut. I probably realised I had a problem in the last year of my degree but I only really admitted it when I was 42.” David is frank and honest about the subject. He is keen to talk about it, being of the view that alcoholism and addiction need to be discussed more openly if society is to be able to deal with it sensibly. David hasn’t had a drink for ﬁve years now, ever since he learned that his ex-wife was dying of cancer and knew that he was to become a single parent. He wrote a book, The Truth About Leo, about an alcoholic widower father – it is, he says, about the father he would have become if he hadn’t stopped drinking. His transformation is complete now that he has moved from journalism to PR, via a business degree at Harvard. He is now a partner at Brunswick Group LLP, a global ﬁnancial public relations and communications company in London. As well as clients such as Coca-Cola, Burberry and Ocado, David was also recently the media advisor to Lord Browne during his review of Higher Education student funding. “It suits me down to the ground because I like being in rooms where people tell me everything and I get to help them – and then I don’t talk about it. Being a journalist is
the equivalent of going into a bar, hearing someone say he’s just been unfaithful to his wife and then running out and shouting about it. I now get paid for doing the opposite, which is being a counsel to people, and I enjoy that.” As well as a successful PR career, David’s personal life is also ﬂourishing as he recently married Charlotte Elston who is Director of Communications at BBC Worldwide. It seems the boy who was once lost in the big city has deﬁnitely grown up – a transformation that David believes the city of Coventry has gone through too. “Things are much better now and this city feels much wealthier than it did then. I think 18-year-olds are more mature than we were.” It is David’s desire to succeed that enabled him to overcome his problems and achieve his dream to work in the media, an industry, he told student journalists, has a healthy future. To listen to a full interview with David Yelland at Coventry University visit ww.coventryuniversity.podbean. com/ and search for David Yelland to download the podcast or listen online. For more information about courses in Journalism at Coventry visit www.coventry. ac.uk/artanddesign
Lived: In Bedworth with four or ﬁve others. “We were like the characters out of The Young Ones.” Favourite memory: “Most of them were after consuming too much alcohol. We had a very happy time here. There was a lot of emerging university and poly towns at that time that hadn’t seen students before. We were walking around with cones on our heads and things like that.”
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A COPY OF DAVID YELLAND’S BOOK Graduate and former newspaper editor David Yelland’s ﬁrst book was published in 2010 and we have THREE copies to give away. The Truth About Leo is a ﬁctional story about a boy called Leo who’s father is an alcoholic. To be in with a chance of winning a copy just answer this simple question: which British newspaper did David Yelland once edit? A. The Sun B. The Independent C. The Mirror
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I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you and everyone involved for the excellent job that you have been doing over the years with the publication of evolve. evolve allows all of us former students of the University to keep in touch worldwide and follow the news of the institution. It has proven to be a very important tool over the years and a connection for us. It has been more than seven years now, since I completed my BEng degree at Coventry in the ﬁeld of Automotive Technology. During
the years I studied at Coventry I gained experiences that have , shaped me, not only academically, at but also as a whole person, for that I am most grateful to you all. Since 2005 and having completed army service as an Engineer Ofﬁcer at the Artillery Force, I have been working at ger Sydesys S.A. as a Network Manager for the collection and recycling of waste accumulators. Sydesys al S.A. is the only authorized National System for the implementation of n the EU directives and legislations in regard to waste accumulators. Beng Ilias Vorrias (Automotive Technology, 2003)
I saw the snowy pictures of Coventry and Warwick on the alumni website in December! They are wonderful. It reminded me of my time spent in Coventry where I experienced the snowfall for the ﬁrst time ever in my life. Me and my friends actually ran out of the Business School (William Morris) to enjoy the snow. We took a plethora of pictures and had fun like impish kids making snowballs and throwing them at each other. I got nostalgic seeing the snowy pictures. I simply remember so much in ﬂashes and enjoy the memories I have about this City. Thanks for directing us to the BBC website to see more. Shital Mehta, lives in Mumbai, India, (MBA in Marketing, 2007)
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When Course Director David Browne announced his retirement after over 30 years at the University, alumni wanted to share their memories
Farewell David Browne
eveloping design talent for the automotive industry has been David Browne’s key focus in the last 32 years since he has been at the University. David started out as a designer at the British Leyland styling studios and with Rover before deciding to move into academia. The course has grown in size and calibre since David joined the team, winning awards and even the Queen’s Prize in 2007, and has produced successful automotive designers who are enjoying careers with some of the world’s most recognisable brands – not only in Automotive Design, but Marine, Sports Product and Transport Design generally. Last December David announced his retirement from the University but will still make an important contribution to the School of Art & Design as an Honorary Teaching Fellow. David said: “A great part of my ‘job satisfaction’ has been seeing our graduates develop as professional designers and likeable, well-rounded young men and women, and keeping in touch with them as they climb the ladder of success in their chosen careers. “I’ve been proud to be able bring them back to contribute – via lectures or project collaborations – to successive generations of aspiring students to show that ‘it can be done’. Two have even become colleagues! But I also get the sense that they enjoyed their time here and maintaining the contact. “Although I’ll be leaving, this is what I’ll somehow hope not to lose.”
GRADUATES: David with Douglas Hogg and other graduates. David likes this photo as he is at the feet of the graduates ‘literally and ﬁguratively. He said: “They have the skills, I just made sure I was around to keep them pointing creatively in the right direction.”
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Before I ofﬁcially app lied for a place at Coventry, David was kind enough to show me around the facilities, as well as giving me an ins ight of what the course entailed. Fo llowing this I decided that it was deﬁ nitely the path for me to pursue, and during my education David was alw ays a ﬁne mix of being bo th supportive and challe nging during the creative pro cess.
f Designer (Transport Desi gn, 1988)
I think I speak for everyone when I say a heartfelt thank you for your support and encouragement over the years. I think it is understated just how much of an impact you had on us all. You went abo ve and beyond your mandat e and became a central and crucial part of our yea r group. It really would n’t have been the same if you weren’t around. I am sure everyone in the gro up echoes my sentiments. We all miss the familiar turquoise text of you r late night emails of ran dom thoughts and musings!
Douglas Hogg Transport Design, 2010
My year g oup and I had many good times with David during our time at Covent Universit bet een 20052009. He always had his door open was always iendly, polite and not , a aid to say what he thought whic was re eshing, even if it was your h project he was being honest about! Most memorable for me though, was a t ip he organised to Morgan in 2008 for a small g oup of us.”
Adam King (Automotive Design, 2009 )
Dav id was a lect urer wit h a uniq ue sty le, both in his tastes and fash ion! His con tact s wit h industry made Covent ry the plac e to stud y car design. He had a rela xed and subt le way of deli veri ng adv ice, but wit h a grou p of you ng egos in the mak ing, his calm nes s and honesty were qua litie s ever yone appreciated! He was and is a cha racter that will always be in the min ds of so many succ essf ul car designe rs – and I can spea k on beh alf of ever yone in say ing, Dav id, tha nk you. Tha nks for you r guid anc e and supp ort, Covent ry wou ldn’t be what it is wit hou t you – and I wish you all the best in you r reti rement !
Mark Fetherston, Design Manager, Design Exterieur (DE/PEE ), Mercedes Car Group, Daim ler AG
The over riding perc epti on is that Dav id has been the hea rt and soul of Aut omo tive and Tran spor t Design at Covent ry, he info rme d the teaching , prac tice and out ward faci ng cha racter thro ugh out his care er as an educ ator. He has a kee n sens e of fun and look ed for that in sett ing student projects and in asse ssing thei r wor k, his abil ity to enc ourage radical designs was always bala nced by a logic al sens e of correctness.
John Owen, Academic Coordinator, Coventry School of Art and Design
I wanted to let you know what a brillia nt Lecturer and Head of Year David was, he made my thi rd year at Coventry the best yea r I had there. I have worked in post production at a children’s television company in Stratford called Ragdo ll – they have made Teletubbies and In The Night Ga rden (to name a few ). I’ve been involved with visual effects and animatio n during my two years here and I’ve loved every sec ond of it. I’ve even managed to get my name on televis ion in the credits of a show cal led Tronji. I didn’t hav e any idea about visual effects as a career until my third year 3D modelling/animation placement with Jea n Micheal and you really gave me the self belief that any thing was possible.
Emma Gallini Transport and Product Desi gn, 2007
Christian Forbes-Bell MA Automotive Design, 2007
When I think of the Transpor Desig years he has been there and much of Course I think of DB. He has shaped it over the input. Always approachable and educits fantastic reputation can be credited to his be. I remember many of his teaching ational, David was just what a lect rer should deﬁnitely inﬂuenced my life and cares about both desig and life in general. He has er and I’m sure I am just one of man y. I wish you all the best David and I’m glad I st died whilst you were there.
The University is getting bigger and better with support from graduates and leading industry ﬁgures
he signiﬁcant funding cuts announced in Higher Education mean universities are increasingly looking for support from alumni and industry. Donations made to Coventry University are critical in helping to develop speciﬁc projects to enhance the student experience and to ensure that the University can continue to offer students a world class learning experience. The opportunity to invest in the University is also an attractive opportunity for businesses that want to guarantee their future workforce is being given the best opportunities available to succeed. For alumni there is a vested interest in ensuring their alma mater climbs the league tables and develops an impressive reputation that reﬂects well on their CVs. The sense of ‘giving something back’ is also hugely important to former students. One of the massive beneﬁts of donating to the University at the moment is that the Government has committed to matching any gifts made to the University up until July 2011 to encourage charitable giving
to Higher Education. This means that through Gift Aid and the Matched Funding scheme, a personal gift of £1,000 could be worth nearly £2,000 to the University. The University’s Chancellor Sir John Egan has also set up a new group called ’The Chancellor’s Circle’ to recognise all of those supporters of the University who have made a signiﬁcant donation to the institution. “The whole thing about giving is being able to see that you’re helping society. Coventry and Coventry University are in a pivotal situation. Universities are able to play an important part in the regeneration of cities. This is an exciting opportunity to invest in the city and the University,” he said. Members of the Chancellor’s Circle are attending a thank you dinner in St Mary’s Guildhall this year so they can ﬁnd out more about the huge range of projects that have been possible thanks to philanthropic giving. To give all graduates a ﬂavour of the generosity that leading business ﬁgures and alumni have shown, the highlights are included on the right hand page.
FUND: Chancellor Sir John Egan
If you would like to know more about development opportunities at the University or would like to donate towards a project contact Chris Smith on +44 (0) 24 7688 8311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORTIVE ROLE Chris Smith was the President of the Students’ Union between 2006 and 2007 after graduating from a History and Politics degree. He is now the University’s Development Manager and helps to raise awareness and build support for University projects. “As a graduate of the University, I have experienced ﬁrst hand the huge difference that philanthropy
has made to the lives of Coventry University students,” said Chris (pictured left) who is proud when a project comes to fruition. “At the moment, we are seeking support from organisations and individuals to help equip the new Engineering and Computing building. “It’s a great feeling when you can show someone the impact their support has had to help students.”
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT One Coventry alumnus is funding ten international scholarships worth £5,000 each and has also purchased a ﬂight simulator for the Engineering and Computing Faculty. Majid Al-Sadi, who studied for a part-time MPhil-PhD in Mechanical Engineering in the 1980s has pledged £50,000 towards The Majid Alsadi Scholarship Foundation annually and contributed £135,000 towards a suite of new Flight Simulators for the Engineering and Computing Faculty. SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES The Higgs Charity helped the University to participate in the new Coventry Mysteries in 2010, bringing open air performances to the city. Traditionally based on Christian Bible stories, the medieval miracle plays as they were known in the 13th Century have been revived and made into more contemporary performances thanks to £20,000 of funding from the charity and enabled Performing Arts students from the University to take a key lead in the delivery of the festival that was seen across the city. STUDENT ENTERPRISE FUND Students and graduates can now get support from a Student Enterprise Fund that leading businessmen are investing in – including the owner of Coventry Airport Sir Peter Rigby and Chairman of Aston Martin David Richards. The fund, which is available to alumni who graduated in the last ﬁve years and who are
If you donate £1,000 then the Government will match fund this to make it worth nearly £2,000 to the University
UK nationals, aims to encourage entrepreneurship by providing loan ﬁnance to ﬂedgling student and graduate businesses when they need it most. The loans also come with support from industry experts who will help mentor and develop the individual and the business. The fund is the brainchild of Sir John and he is keen to see other business leaders invest in the scheme. “I am concerned that our UK universities will fall behind internationally as a result of reductions in public sector funding and limited access to development funds from the EU. I am very keen to make this initiative a success, not just for the University, but for the region as a whole.” Find out more about access to the fund on page 32.
MYSTERY: The logo for the Coventry Mysteries
ENGINEERING SUPPORT: Alumnus Dr Majid Al-Sadi with the Vice Chancellor unveiling the Simulator Facility
Art direction > C
oventry seemed a rather dreary place back in the early 50s when I started student life at Coventry School of Art at the age of 15. The School was small with less than 100 students and was based in two buildings – Ford Street and ‘Hill Crest,’ an old family mansion which had been used, among other things, for convalescent soldiers after the war. After two years as a day release student, what a thrill it was to be at Hill Crest after getting a scholarship. It was a beautiful, rambling old place, turned into fully functioning classrooms, it still retained the air of a home, with original ﬁreplaces and wonderful views over Naulsmill Park. Ford Street, was an altogether more functional place which I attended for typography and clay modelling. Most aspects of art were covered; painting, sculpting, architecture, fabric printing, sign writing, jewellery, window dressing and some students were training to be teachers. We were inspired by some excellent teachers, who must have had a difﬁcult job. The atmosphere was studious but friendly, a phenomenon I was quite unused to coming from a strict secondary modern, and we had to learn to use our freedom wisely. I quickly became more interested in fashion and after a year studying commerical art I transferred to the dress design department where I embarked on a City and Guilds course. Some materials were
Megan Walden (nee Roberts) reveals what life was like studying at Coventry’s School of Art in the 1950s
provided but in cash-strapped Coventry most things were done on a shoe-string. We were expected to make patterns for our designs, complete the hand-ﬁnished garments and were taught glove and belt making. The highlight of each year was the exciting, ‘themed’ arts ball held at Coventry Casino, Coundon and later, I believe, the Locarno. Work went on for many weeks making costumes and scenery and it was one occasion when I had a new, posh frock. Most of us lived at home – money was short so entertainment was fairly limited. Coffee at break time was down at the Good Companions café in Bishop Street. Pubs were a bit beyond our pockets and thankfully, the drug scene hadn’t arrived so we were a pretty steady lot, even so, eccentrics abounded. One budding artist occasionally trotted up to Hill Crest on her horse, another roared up most days on his motorbike. One girl, a very high achiever having won a bursary in fabric design, later supplemented her working income by doing a horse drawn milk round. An amazingly musical chap could play absolutely anything on the piano and entertained us by getting music out of a battered old mandolin, one of our ‘still life’ props. National Service was still in operation and I remember when several male students turned up in air force and army uniform having been called up.
When it was time to leave I found no fashion work anywhere near home. At eighteen, I couldn’t afford accommodation away so I settled at a department store producing in-house publicity and painting backgrounds for window displays, while teaching 11-15 year-old girls on Saturday mornings at art school. Not being a very diligent student I left without qualiﬁcations but I have continued to work in art all my life, becoming self employed for a time and also using the same skills for our local music club activities and arts festivals. I taught calligraphy, my least favourite subject, for many years at adult education evening classes. Many of my skills were learned along the way but my Art School years were a good basis and gave me a memorable insight into what would eventually be my working life. Thinking of those days now, it is Hill Crest that holds the memories. Sadly, the building was demolished years ago and the last time I was there, the site was windswept and bleak. Such a pity. In retirement I became interested in painting and have had fun learning and occasionally selling work. The learning process goes on.
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ARTIST: A selection of Megan’s paintings, and (top, left) Hill Crest (photo by former student Falcon David Hildred), (top, centre) fashion drawings Megan did at Art School, (left frame) Megan today (right frame) Megan at Art School and posing for an Arts Ball photo. The theme was ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’ so Megan and fellow students made vintage swimming costumes
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Plant a seed of a new business idea and watch it grow with expert support from the University’s Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship
Sow the seeds (Funding)
Get the business off to a great start with access to funding from the University’s new Student Enterprise Fund. While the Fund was originally set up to support student businesses, it is now also available to alumni who graduated in the last ﬁve years and who are UK nationals. The fund, which is the brainchild of the University’s Chancellor Sir John Egan, will support the establishment of new businesses across all academic disciplines through investments normally in the range of £3k to £5k and as much as £30k for an outstanding proposition. A team of industry experts will also help shape, mentor and develop both the individual and the businesses they create. The loans, available at competitive rates, will be expected to be paid back once the business is up and running so that the money can go back into the fund to support the next wave of new businesses.
Feed and water (Mentoring)
Register for free online mentoring support to help your business get established. The online tool, that was created by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, means graduates anywhere in the UK can access specialist support. Once registered, the system will help graduates with planning, building, launching and growing a successful business. There are resources, tools, online training, networking and enhanced mentor support – backed up by experts from the IAE. The My Plan tool asks users important questions about their business to enable them to work out where there are gaps and directs them to resources to help them get into a better position. To ﬁnd out more about mentoring visit the website: http://coventry.mihmentoring. com/apply/register
Watch it grow (Business support)
Once you are up and running you might need a professional front for your business but without the expense of ofﬁce accommodation. The IAE offers a range of business support packages that are available as pay as you go or monthly direct debit, based at the Technology Park. The Flexi Desk scheme has a range of business beneﬁts – starting from £30 per week. They include: • Use of the Technology Park as your business address • A dedicated mail box with forwarding or collection service • Desk space, WiFi and a computer • A telephone number • Personalised call answering in your company’s name • All your calls answered efﬁciently • Message taking, post, parcel, and fax handling facilities • Use of fax, photocopier and document binding services • Business support services with access to business advisers • Discount on meeting room hire.
FORTUNE: (L-R) Misagh Alami and Marlon Lewis
arlon Lewis and Misagh Alami had an idea for an innovative new ﬁlm company while studying Theatre and Professional Practice at the University in 2007. As students they received help from SPEED, a nationally funded programme aimed at supporting student enterprises, and went on to form their company Fortune Frames. Their concept has been to build an audience for their ﬁlm The Artiﬁce before moving it into production. “We have more than 20,000 active users on a game we created for The Artiﬁce and over four million fans on Facebook,” said Marlon. “Our aim is to get the audience involved and to create a community that can actually affect the outcome of the ﬁlm.” Since graduating, Marlon and
Misagh have based their business at the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) on the Technology Park. The company pay a monthly fee for the Flexi Desk scheme, which gives them equipment and ofﬁce space – even late at night – and the use of a professional business address. “They have given us a place where we feel at home and comfortable. It helps being based in an environment with other creative businesses,” said Marlon. “We’ve also had students working with us doing some graphic design work too, which is a massive help.” They are currently making an online show for The Artiﬁce. Starting in the late summer of 2011, this show aims to unearth and showcase the wealth of undiscovered talent from the West Midlands, who will in turn help bring
The Artiﬁce to life. “I don’t think this approach has been done before on such a large scale and using the type of media that we’re using,” explained Misagh. “We would have found a way to start this business without support from the University but this offer deﬁnitely gave us a chance to not worry about where we were going to work and helped us set guidelines for the business very early on. It’s deﬁnitely helped saved us a lot of time and hassle.” Find out more about Fortune Frames at www.the-artiﬁce.com For more information about the support available to graduates call +44 (0) 2476 23 6001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.coventry.ack.uk/iae
euniting with graduates overseas is a key priority for the University as it expands its global networks, and two recent events in Malaysia and Hong Kong have helped alumni make connections. A reunion at the Hong Kong Jockey Club in the Happy Valley Stand this March meant that over 100 alumni and guests found out
reunions alumni events what’s on
Visit www.coventry.ac.uk/alumni/events to keep up to date online with future and past events
Graduates in Hong Kong and Malaysia got together to network and reminisce at two recent reunions
more about the University’s range of services for graduates. Attendees included recent graduates from partner institutions PEAK, SCOPE and HSSC, alumni who had been to Coventry for a year of their studies and older graduates who had studied in the 1970s. As well as dinner and networking, graduates enjoyed speeches from senior University ofﬁcials who told
Ghostly tales of Coventry’s gruesome past were regaled to graduates on a cold and dark night last Halloween. Two professional tour guides, dressed in period costume, walked around the back streets of Coventry and revealed some of the darker sides of the city’s history. Graduates and their family and friends came on the tour to ﬁnd out more about the city and to celebrate the annual festival.
them about Coventry’s latest developments and the extensive opportunities still available to them at the University. Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) David Pilsbury opened the event and told alumni that Coventry had a long history of academic collaboration with Hong Kong. There are currently 938 students from Hong Kong on Coventry programmes who are spread across the three Coventry accredited institutions. “We want to offer alumni the chance to access expertise, knowledge, contacts and services to support their career development through Coventry Connections – or if they have a business, to use the global network of Coventry partners to access new markets or develop new services,” said David who acknowledged there were also ways graduates could support their alma mater by offering current students placements and internships. He told graduates: “Our aim is to place our global network at your disposal and to assist you to help us and also one another.” Hong Kong is an important area for the University to have connections as it expands its global presence. Building relationships with businesses and alumni in the area is a key priority and more events are planned for the future. A similar event took place in Malaysia where more than 40 alumni gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Petaling Jaya. The exclusive event was an opportunity for graduates to meet up with fellow alumni and share
their news while hearing all about the new developments at Coventry. Graduates from 2003 helped run the event – Zahrain Zulkiﬂi was the host, Mira Ezwany handled registration and Noami A Hal organised the performances. Zahrain welcomed everyone to the event and introduced speeches by the FOCUS on Malaysia representative Dr Arzmi Yaacob, the University’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Nick Stokes, Associate Dean (International) of the School of Art & Design, Wallace Murdoch, and the International Ofﬁce’s Regional Manager, Fiona Johnston. The speeches were followed by dinner and cultural performances and the event continued late into the night, with alumni networking and catching up with friends as well as the University. Graduate Izwan Mat Yusoff (Computer Science, 2002) who was on the committee to help run the event, said: “We really had fun that night and the event went well as planned. The committee received some favourable responses from guests too.” The FOCUS on Malaysia group are hoping to reunite in Coventry in 2012. Events are also being lined up in China, India and Africa to give alumni the opportunity to meet up and share experiences with each other and the University. If you would like to know more about future global events email Kristina Anders at email@example.com.
A reunion for graduates who have worked on the Phoenix Foundation’s call campaigns at the University reunited in Coventry this year. The reunion also included graduates who had helped out in the alumni ofﬁce as student ambassadors or those who had helped track down missing alumni. Students who took part in this year’s call campaign also came along to a lunchtime get together.
One of Coventry’s oldest buildings was the venue for a special dinner for law graduates this month. Graduates enjoyed a threecourse meal in the historic building and listened to a talk from a local councillor and tourist guide Roger Bailey who spoke about the signiﬁcance of Coventry in the middle ages. See photos and ﬁnd out who was there on the alumni website. To see photos and ﬁnd out more about the events click on the events section of the alumni website at www.coventry.ac.uk/alumni
On the ball
Graduates enjoyed fun and games across the campus at the 2011 Alumni Vs Students Sports Day
REUNION PARTY: (l-r) Back row standing:
David Oddy, Jim Williams, Michael Collins, Dr Tony Scanlon, Alan Jenkins, Martin Crapper, Barry Leat, John Ross, Ron Blackwell (Lecturer), Kneeling front row: David Roberts, Garth Perry. (Missing from photo: Gordon Whitmore and Geoffrey Hinson).
GOOD SPORTS: Clockwise from top left: Women’s hockey team, men’s rugby, Jess Apperley, rugby at Westwood Heath and Badminton duo Robin and Dave.
Metallurgy graduates meet up again on campus after 47 years
To celebrate 47 years since a group of Metallurgy graduates started at The Lanch, they held a reunion in Coventry last August. The 12 friends who are based all over the world have been meeting up every ﬁve years. Barry Leat, who has worked in aero engineering at many companies including Bristol Siddeley Engines (now Rolls Royce), said the course stood them in good stead. “We all know that the education we received was ﬁrst class and did us proud as the introduction to our respective careers,” said Barry about the three-year HND sandwich course and the diploma they all did in Metallurgy. The gang of friends, which also includes former lecturer Ronald Blackwell, were treated to a campus tour. “As a group of qualiﬁed metallurgists we spread our wings worldwide, either through business travel or emigration. One member who was unable to be with us resides in Perth, Western Australia, whilst the other long distant member was making a visit to the UK from Tasmania, hence our recent reunion,” said Barry who is looking forward to their 50th year reunion.
t might have been around 15 years since two graduates had played badminton together on campus, but they still managed to beat the students at the annual Sports Day event in May. Dave Spring (Leisure Management, 1995) and Robin Trust (Business Economics, 1997) have both kept in touch but had not been on the University courts since graduation. They were, however, winners of the BUSA National Shield in 1997 and Robin represents Berkshire at Badminton while Dave has only just retired from playing for Hertfordshire County. Dave, who now manages a Golf Club in Hertfordshire, said: “It’s good to be back. Robin saw the event on Linkedin and we thought it would be a good opportunity to play together again.” They were just two of the graduates who made it back for the annual event where students get the chance to play against alumni from their sports clubs. Men’s and women’s hockey and football teams
played matches, as well as teams for rugby union, rugby league, tennis and netball. The ﬁeld sports all took place at Westwood Health and women’s hockey player Jess Apperley (Physiotherapy, 2010), who now works as a Physiotherapist in Walsall, said it was good to come back to the event to play on the winning alumni team. “I’ve kept in touch with people from the hockey team and it’s good to see people from years ago too. And we won so the student hockey team is obviously mssing me!” Despite the alumni efforts though, the 2011 shield belonged to the students who beat the alumni in ﬁve out of the nine matches. Trophies and medals were given out at an awards ceremony at the Students’ Union later in the evening. For more information and to register your team for the 2012 Sports Day event email Kristina Anders on firstname.lastname@example.org
July 20 July
Graduation 2011 for International and postgraduate students Time: 11.00 until 14.00 Place: Coventry Cathedral
Make the most of your FOCUS membership by attending events, getting third party discounts and entering exclusive competitions. Visit www.coventry.ac.uk/alumni for more Discounts
FOCUS has arranged for all members to get discounts on useful services and fun days out with leading companies. A full list of discounts is below. Just visit www.coventry.ac.uk/alumni/ beneﬁts to ﬁnd out how to redeem your discounts.
CHOCOLATE GOODIES If your mouth was watering after reading about graduate Duffy Sheardown’s special chocolate on page 9, then why not win a couple of bars to try for yourself? We have two packs of Duffy’s Single Origin chocolate bars to give away. Both include one milk and one dark chocolate bar that have been handmade with fairly traded and organic cocoa liquid, cocoa butter and sugar. To be in with a chance of winning just answer this question: As well as being a Chocolate Maker what sport is Duffy Sheardown involved in? A. Tennis B. Boxing C. Formula 1
Please send your answer for this competition and the one on page 23 to email@example.com or post to Evolve Competition, FOCUS, Development Ofﬁce, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB by the closing date of 30 September 2011. Terms and conditions No cash alternative will be offered. The editor’s decision is ﬁnal.
September 3 September Postgraduate and part time open day
Find out more about postgraduate study at Coventry Time: 10.00 until 14.00 Place: Coventry University
• Up to 50% off top attractions such as The Alton Towers Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor, Madame Tussauds London and Blackpool, the Dungeons, SEA LIFE centres & Sanctuaries. THORPE PARK and Warwick Castle. • Up to 50% off green fees at Open Fairways • Discounted membership to the Gourmet Society
October 31 October Spooky Ghost Tour of Coventry
Family Halloween event, children welcome. See page 35 for details of last year’s event. Time: From 16.00 until 18.30 Place: Meet at Alan Berry building, Coventry University Ticket Price: Adults £5, children 5-13 years £2.50
• Savings on car and van hire with Europcar • Savings on membership with the AA and RAC • Discounts on airport parking with Parking4Less
• Discounted rates at the Ramada Hotel Coventry • Savings on holidays with cottages4you
November 21-25 November Graduation Week
A week long celebration as the class of 2011 graduate Time: 12.30 until 16.30 (check information for details) Place: Coventry Cathedral
• Discounted library membership • Discounted Sports Centre membership • Associate membership of the Students’ Union • Careers advice and graduate vacancies • Business start up support • Coventry University wine club.
In 2012, it will be 20 years since Coventry became a University and to celebrate, the institution is opening its doors to all of its graduates so they can see the latest developments and tour their former Faculty or School. There have been so many changes at the University over the years – since its origins as Coventry’s College of Art to the sprawling campus that it is today – that we wanted to invite our alumni to see how it has progressed.
There will be a series of activities across the campus from the 7th until the 10th June 2012 – so block the dates out in your diary now.
Coventry is inviting all of its graduates from as far back as when it was known as the College of Art, the Lanch, the Polytechnic and the University. Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family to share in the events too.
More details will be revealed soon, but to register your interest in taking part in this celebration event, please email Kristina Anders at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be kept informed of the latest developments. We look forward to seeing you there!
FOCUS is inviting you, your friends and family to join in a long weekend of celebrations to mark Coventry’s 20th anniversary of becoming a University
7th -10th June 2012
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Remember your student days with pride and buy special souvenirs branded with the University name or logo.
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If you wish to make purchases by mail order please contact Jackie Walsh, Alan Berry Reception, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB. Telephone 024 7688 8774 or e-mail email@example.com for further details.
Please note: refunds are only available where goods are faulty, statutory legal rights are not affected. Goods will be delivered within 21 days of receipt of order. If you are not fully satisﬁed, goods may be returned within seven days for a full refund. Prices are valid until November 2011.
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