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Kate Swann and Cecilia Anim We aim to keep you updated on all things Bradford and the latest alumni news from around the world. The Alumni Office also produces quarterly and annual news publications for alumni including: 

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Alumni dinner in Qatar

Alumni dinner in Qatar

Published: Thu 28 Sept 2017

University of Bradford alumni based in Qatar and current MSc students met up for a dinner as part of the School of Management's recent study tour to Qatar University.

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Bradford academic librarian awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Bradford academic librarian awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Published: Thu 31 Aug 2017

University of Bradford graduate and subject librarian, Sarah George, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. Sarah is one of 55 new National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) revealed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) today (Thursday 31 August 2017).

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MBA alumnus, Kunle Falodun, appointed VP Distribution Africa for Sony Pictures

MBA alumnus, Kunle Falodun, appointed VP Distribution Africa for Sony Pictures

Published: Thu 27 July

Bradford MBA Graduate (2012) Kunle Falodun has been appointed as Vice President Distribution Africa for Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

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MBA alumnus, Bas Burger,  appointed CEO of BT Global Services

MBA alumnus, Bas Burger, appointed CEO of BT Global Services

Published: Fri 11 May

BT announced this week that Bradford MBA graduate, Bas Burger, is to become CEO of its Global Services business. Bas will commence in his new role from the beginning of June.

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Chemical Engineering graduate, John McGagh, becomes new President of IChemE

Chemical Engineering graduate, John McGagh, becomes new President of IChemE

Published: Fri 12 May

Congratulations to Bradford BEng Chemical Engineering graduate (1980), John McGagh, who has been inaugurated as the new president of IChemE.

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Bradford alumni entrepreneurs recognised at 2017 Duke of York Awards

Bradford alumni entrepreneurs recognised at 2017 Duke of York Awards

Published: Mon 8 May 2017

Two recent alumni of the University of Bradford received Royal approval from HRH The Duke of York for their new-start business, CurePharma. Mustafa Al-Shalechy and Mohammed Ali Alshamari collected The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award from The Duke himself at a special awards ceremony, organised and hosted by the University of Huddersfield on Monday 24 April.

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Bradford Biomedical Sciences graduate, Stephen Baker, wins 2017 Fleming Prize

Bradford Biomedical Sciences graduate, Stephen Baker, wins 2017 Fleming Prize

Published: Mon 10 Apr 2017

University of Bradford graduate, Professor Stephen Fleming, was last week awarded the 2017 Fleming Prize at the Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference.

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The dynamic duo of Bradford alumni heading the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The dynamic duo of Bradford alumni heading the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Published: Fri 07 Apr 2017

The University of Bradford is proud to celebrate the success of two of its graduates that are now positioned at the very top of the pharmacy profession in the UK.

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University of Bradford forges new links with Middle East

University of Bradford forges new links with Middle East

Published: Wed 5 Apr 2017

The University of Bradford has just completed a hugely successful two week visit to the Middle East, taking in Kuwait, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, a region rich in potential for collaboration and exchange, and where the stock of UK universities is extremely high.

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Annual telephone campaign raises £100,000

Annual telephone campaign raises £100,000

Published: Mon 06 Mar 2017

Throughout February, a team of 38 current students took to the phones and spoke to over 1,400 Bradford alumni across the world.

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Cecilia Anim to help open International Women’s Day Celebration at the University of Bradford

Cecilia Anim to help open International Women’s Day Celebration at the University of Bradford

Published: Tue 21 Feb 2017

University of Bradford Honorary Graduate, Cecilia Anim, will help to open the International Women’s Day (IWD) Celebration at the University of Bradford on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

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Ousman Sowe appointed as Director General of Gambia SIS

Ousman Sowe appointed as Director General of Gambia SIS

Published: Mon 20 Feb 2017

Bradford's International Politics and Security Studies graduate, Ousman Sowe has been appointed as the new Director General of the State Intelligence Service (SiS) of Gambia.

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Bradford alumnus Abdul Hamid Miah appointed as MD of Islamic Bank of Bangladesh

Bradford alumnus Abdul Hamid Miah appointed as MD of Islamic Bank of Bangladesh

Published: Tue 10 Jan 2017

Abdul Hamid Miah has been appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Islamic Bank of Bangladesh Limited, the bank said in a statement released yesterday.

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Bradford MBA Graduate Solomon Lartey appointed as CEO of Activa International Insurance

Bradford MBA Graduate Solomon Lartey appointed as CEO of Activa International Insurance

Published: Mon 9 Jan 2017

The board of Activa International Insurance at its last November meeting in Conakry appointed Mr Solomon Lartey as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

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New-Start Pharmaceutical business exports first consignment of medicines to Iraq

New-Start Pharmaceutical business exports first consignment of medicines to Iraq

Published: Wed 4 Jan 2016

The first consignment of British manufactured medicines has been exported to Iraq by a new Yorkshire pharmaceuticals wholesaler and distributor set up by two University of Bradford graduates, to give Iraqi people access to high-quality treatments.

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University of Bradford awards five more 50th Anniversary Scholarships

University of Bradford awards five more 50th Anniversary Scholarships

Published: Mon 5 Dec 2016

The University of Bradford has received a generous donation of £50k from the Emerald Foundation to fund five full-fee MSc scholarships to be offered to high-achieving graduates, providing support and encouragement to progress into postgraduate study at the University’s School of Management.

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University honours five at winter graduations

University honours five at winter graduations

Published: Thu 01 Dec 2016

The University of Bradford honoured five national and international figures with honorary degrees at its winter graduation ceremonies. They included leading professionals from health and social housing and Bradford-born composer and producer.

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Cecilia Anim re-elected as RCN President

Cecilia Anim re-elected as RCN President

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016

University of Bradford Honorary Graduate, Cecilia Anim, has been re-elected as President of the Royal College of Nursing. Cecilia, who was elected also in 2014, will continue in her role for a second term until 2018.

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Wichard Huigen appointed CEO of ENGIE Fabricom

Wichard Huigen appointed CEO of ENGIE Fabricom

Published: Tue 22 Nov 2016

Bradford MBA graduate, Wichard Huigen, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (UK) at ENGIE Fabricom, part of the global energy group ENGIE.

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50th Anniversary Alumni Event Singapore

50th Anniversary Alumni Event Singapore

Published: Fri 18 Nov 2016

The University’s 50th celebrations continued with a special networking event for alumni in Singapore held at the UK Ambassador’s residence, Eden Hall, on Friday 18 November.

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Rudy Grant appointed new CEO of the BHTA

Rudy Grant appointed new CEO of the BHTA

Published: Thu 17 Nov 2016

THE Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, BHTA, has announced the appointment of University of Bradford alumnus, Rudy Grant, as its new chief executive officer.

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Bradford Graduate, Dr Tobias Feakin, appointed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Bradford Graduate, Dr Tobias Feakin, appointed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Published: Thu 10 Nov 2016

Dr Tobias Feakin, BSc Security Studies 1998 and PhD International Politics and Security Studies 2005, has been appointed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.

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MBA graduate Bernd Van Linder appointed as the new Chief Executive of CBD

MBA graduate Bernd Van Linder appointed as the new Chief Executive of CBD

Published: Tue 8 Nov 2016

Bradford graduate Dr Bernd Van Linder, MBA 2001, has been appointed as the new CEO of Commercial Bank Dubai.

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Bradford MEng graduate awarded elite status by ICE

Bradford MEng graduate awarded elite status by ICE

Published: Mon 31 Oct 2016

Bradford MEng graduate Ewart Prichard has been awarded elite chartered status by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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CEO of Metro Bank and Alumnus, Craig Donaldson, highlighted for changing the face of Banking

CEO of Metro Bank and Alumnus, Craig Donaldson, highlighted for changing the face of Banking

Published: Fri 28 Oct 2016

Craig Donaldson, BSc Technology and Management Science 1995, is the co-founder and chief executive of Metro Bank, famed for its unconventional and friendlier approach which is winning it a small but growing army of customers. In an article by Jim Armitage of the London Evening Standard, Craig's career journey and leadership in the banking sector is put under the spotlight.

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50th Anniversary Honorary Graduates' Celebration

50th Anniversary Honorary Graduates' Celebration

Published: Mon 17 Oct 2016

The University’s 50th anniversary celebrations moved to London in style with a special Honorary Graduates celebration event held at the Institute of Civil Engineers on Thursday 13 October 2016.

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Bradford graduate Christopher Laska appointed new Grameenphone chairman

Bradford graduate Christopher Laska appointed new Grameenphone chairman

Published: Mon 03 Oct 2016

University of Bradford graduate Christopher Laska has been appointed as the new chairman of Grameenphone, according to a statement by the company.

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Honorary Graduate strikes gold in Rio!

Honorary Graduate strikes gold in Rio!

Published: Tue 20 Sep 2016

Congratulations to one of our Honorary Graduates, Hannah Cockroft MBE, who is returning from the Paralympics in Rio with three gold medals. Hannah stormed to victory in all three of her wheelchair racing events, breaking a world record in the process.

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AACSB Honours University of Bradford alumnus Huw Kingston for Changing the World

AACSB Honours University of Bradford alumnus Huw Kingston for Changing the World

Published: Tue 20 Sep 2016

The world's largest business education network has honoured University of Bradford alumnus Huw Kingston as a global 'change maker'.

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Accolade for the Archives

Accolade for the Archives

Published: Tue 23 Aug 2016

In July, the University’s Special Collections service was confirmed as a fully Accredited Archive service.

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Air BP appoints Jon Platt as new chief executive officer

Air BP appoints Jon Platt as new chief executive officer

Published: Tue 20 Aug 2016

University of Bradford engineering graduate John Platt has been appointed as chief executive of Air BP, the oil company’s global aviation business.

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World’s first circular economy MBA student graduates

World’s first circular economy MBA student graduates

Published: Thu 11 Aug 2016

Gin Tidridge is the first person to complete a circular economy MBA at the University of Bradford, and other higher education institutions are beginning to integrate circular economy concepts in their curricula.

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Move Back To Nigeria: Bradford Peace Studies Graduate, May Ikeora, talks about settling back into Lagos life

Move Back To Nigeria: Bradford Peace Studies Graduate, May Ikeora, talks about settling back into Lagos life

Published: Fri 5 Aug 2016

May Ikeora, MSc in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 2007, talks to the Bella Naija Fashion website about moving back to Nigeria to pursue her entrepreneurial ambitions in Lagos.

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University of Bradford Burns Research Unit says a big ‘Thank You’ for the success of the Bradford City Appeal

Published: Thu 4 Aug 2016

The Bradford City Fire took place on May 11 1985. It claimed fifty-six lives, and left hundreds injured, many with life-changing conditions.

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University honours seven at graduations

Published: Wed 6 Jul 2016

The University of Bradford will honour seven national and international figures with honorary degrees at its forthcoming graduation ceremonies. They include leading businessmen and women and philanthropists, the leader of the world’s largest development organisation, a top mathematician, a nurse honoured by the United Nations and a comedian.

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University of Bradford Alumna appointed as Mayor of West Lancashire

University of Bradford Alumna appointed as Mayor of West Lancashire

Published: Tue 31 May 2016

University of Bradford alumna, Liz Savage, BA Peace Studies 1995, has been appointed as Mayor of West Lancashire.

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Botswana Alumni Networking Event May 2016

Botswana Alumni Networking Event May 2016

Published: Wed 18 May 2016

On Saturday 14 May over 40 alumni of the University of Bradford in Botswana were reunited at a special 50th Anniversary networking event in Gaborone.

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Bradford wins Tolstoy Cup 2016

Bradford wins Tolstoy Cup 2016

Published: Tue 3 May

Peace F.C. 5 - 1 War F.C. Peace. War. The age old struggle between good and evil. Mahatma Gandhi vs Tony Blair. In the end, only one can prevail. And on a chilly winter afternoon in late April, it was Peace F.C. that defeated War F.C., briefly bringing an end to world conflict.

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Lagos Alumni Association Inaugural Annual Lecture 2016

Lagos Alumni Association Inaugural Annual Lecture 2016

Published: Fri 29 Apr 2016

On Friday 22 April, 2016, several brilliant Nigerian minds and alumni of the University of Bradford gathered at the Jade palace, Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos for the inaugural Lagos Alumni Association Annual Lecture Event which turned out to be a evening of fun, friendly re-unions, networking and laughter.

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Bradford alumnus dazzles at Duke of York Awards

Bradford alumnus dazzles at Duke of York Awards

Published: Thu 21 Apr 2016

A a recent alumnus of the University of Bradford received Royal approval from HRH The Duke of York for his business enterprise, Diamonds & Diamonds Ltd.

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Uganda Alumni Networking Event April 2016

Uganda Alumni Networking Event April 2016

Published: Thu 21 Apr 2016

A group of University of Bradford alumni in Uganda gathered for an informal drinks and networking event in Kampala on Saturday 16 April 2016.

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Bradford graduate recognised for contribution to education of women workers in Bangladesh

Bradford graduate recognised for contribution to education of women workers in Bangladesh

Published: Wed 30 Mar 2016

Working hard to convince factory owners to continue to pay wages while the women study is Mowmita Basak, MA International Development Management 2015, who was recently recognised in an article in The Guardian for successfully implementing change in her native Bangladesh that provides free degree courses to improve the prospects for female workers in Bangladesh’s clothing factories.

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Education leader and Bradford alumna to make history at Wellow House School

Education leader and Bradford alumna to make history at Wellow House School

Published: Tue 22 Mar 2016

A University of Bradford alumna is to make history by being appointed as the first female head at a leading independent school in Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK.

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Professor Rae Earnshaw kick-starts the University of Bradford's '50 Scholarships for 50th Year Appeal'

Professor Rae Earnshaw kick-starts the University of Bradford's '50 Scholarships for 50th Year Appeal'

Published: Thu 3 March 2016

Professor Rae Earnshaw has kick-started the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal by donating two postgraduate scholarships for home students with outstanding ability, named as the ‘Professor Rae Earnshaw 50th Anniversary Scholarships’.

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Engineering Awards… Hungarian Style

Engineering Awards… Hungarian Style

Published: Wed 2 Mar 2016

University of Bradford alumnus Barry Tuckwood, BTECH Civil and Structural Engineering 1973, of the BIM Action Group recounts his experience of presenting the Tierney Clark Award in Hungary this January.

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Two University of Bradford engineering graduates awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Two University of Bradford engineering graduates awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Published: Friday 26 Feb 2016

Jon Broadhead, and fellow University of Bradford graduate Mr Mark Fulton, (both BEng Civil and Structural Engineering 1985), met up at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Headquarters in Great George Street, Westminster, on Friday 12th February, to receive their Fellowships from the ICE.

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What It’s Really Like to Work in Counter-Terrorism: Bradford graduate, Sumita Dixit, profiled by Flare magazine

Published: Tue 23 Feb 2016

University of Bradford alumna Sumita Dixit, MA Conflict Resolution 2007, gives a glimpse into her daily grind as Canada’s Deputy Director of Counter-Terrorism Policy in a profile interview with Flare magazine.

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Being the boss: Bradford Optometry graduate, Dan Varcoe 2013, profiled by Association of Optometrists

Being the boss: Bradford Optometry graduate, Dan Varcoe 2013, profiled by Association of Optometrists

Published: Tue 9 Feb 2016

After graduating from the University of Bradford in 2013, Dan Varcoe headed to Jersey for what he labels a "unique" pre-reg period. Based on an island with a population estimated at less than 100,000, he completed his pre-reg year at independent practice Alan Duchemin Opticians. While Dan was pleased that he made the move and experienced something new, he admitted that because there is no NHS in Jersey, he found that patients generally "looked after themselves better," adding: "I didn't experience the pathology that I may have done in a different environment."

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University of Bradford alumnus and Labour MP, Steve McCabe, profiled by FE Week

University of Bradford alumnus and Labour MP, Steve McCabe, profiled by FE Week

Published: Tue 26 Jan 2016

Labour MP for Birmingham and Selly Oak and University of Bradford alumnus Steve McCabe is profiled by FE week focussing on his educational path, his own contribution to further education and his political career.

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University of Bradford Alumna, Dana Skelley, recognised with an OBE

Published: Tue 1 January 2016

One of the most senior and widely-respected women in engineering in Britain, Dana Skelley, Transport for London's (TfL's) Director of Asset Management for Surface Transport, has been recognised with an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for services to transport in the UK. Dana Graduated from the University of Bradford with an Executive MBA in 2003.

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Bradford alumnus Rob Wilmot appointed as new Chair of Common Purpose Charitable Trust

Bradford alumnus Rob Wilmot appointed as new Chair of Common Purpose Charitable Trust

Published: 16 Dec 2015

Tech entrepreneur, and University of Bradford alumnus, Rob Wilmot, BSc Electronic Imaging and Media Communications 1994, has been appointed as the new Chair of Common Purpose Charitable Trust. Undertaking a term as Chair of up to three years, he will replace previous Chair Robert Care, Principal at worldwide engineering group Arup, who has stepped down after serving a two year term.

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University of Bradford alumnus appointed as the man to get Ayrshire's economy booming

University of Bradford alumnus appointed as the man to get Ayrshire's economy booming

Published: Mon 8 Nov 2015

A respected businessman has been appointed as the go-to man to try and boost Ayrshire's business economy. Patrick Wiggins, BA Interdisciplinary Human Studies 1979, will spend the next six months trying to put more thrust into the sector.

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University of Bradford alumnus receives Australian spirit of adventure award

University of Bradford alumnus receives Australian spirit of adventure award

Published: Thu 5 Nov 2015

University of Bradford alumnus and Australian adventurer Huw Kingston, BSc Business Studies 1985, was this week recognised with the Spirit of Adventure Award at the Australian Geographic Society annual gala award event. The award comes within weeks of Kingston being appointed to the role of Community Ambassador with Save the Children Australia after his epic journey of mediterr année; a 14,000km, 12 month human-powered circumnavigation of the Mediterranean via sea kayak, trekking, ocean rowing and biking. A journey that raised nearly $100,000 for Save the Children.

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Software Engineering alumnus claims European Tenpin Bowling title

Software Engineering alumnus claims European Tenpin Bowling title

Published: Tue 27 Oct 2015

University of Bradford alumnus Richard Teece, BEng Software Engineering 2011, claimed his first European Bowling Tour (EBT) title in 2015 with victory in the finals of the 6th Track Open at Dream-Bowl Palace, Germany on July 26th.

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Modern Languages Class of 1965-69 Reunion

Modern Languages Class of 1965-69 Reunion

Published: Fri 9 Oct 2015

Members of the Modern Languages class of 1965-69 returned to campus to reminisce and reflect on almost 50 years since they graduated as one of the earliest groups of Bradford alumni.

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Bradford Doctor in Philosophy graduate wins silver medals at the Taekwondo World Championships

Bradford Doctor in Philosophy graduate wins silver medals at the Taekwondo World Championships

Published: Fri 9 Oct 2015

Dr Robert Mcgee, Phd in Philosophy graduate 2000, recently won three silver medals at the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) World Traditional Taekwondo Union Championships, at the age of 68.

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Award for Pharmacy graduate

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Award for Pharmacy graduate

Published: Thu 8 Oct 2015

Congratulations to Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Bradford MPharm graduate of 2003 who has been named RPS Public Health Pharmacist of the Year 2015.

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University of Bradford graduate on track to be a top teacher in USA

University of Bradford graduate on track to be a top teacher in USA

Published: Tue 18 Aug 2015

A University of Bradford graduate has been selected for a prestigious teaching fellowship program in the United States that prepares top teachers in STEM subjects.

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Crocus Appeal delivers advanced cancer medicine research to Bradford

Crocus Appeal delivers advanced cancer medicine research to Bradford

Published: Wed 22 July 2015

The University of Bradford has bought new equipment enabling new generation cancer drug discovery work thanks to the generosity of partners and the people of Bradford and its extensive alumni family.

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Bradford crocus appeal scoops gold

Bradford crocus appeal scoops gold

Published: Fri 10 July 2015

The University of Bradford has won Best Alumni, Development or Fundraising Campaign at this year's HEIST awards for the Bradford Crocus Cancer appeal.

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