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Recent Blogs

50 year anniversary celebration - Three former Mechanical Engineering students pay homage to the University of Bradford

50 year anniversary celebration - Three former Mechanical Engineering students pay homage to the University of Bradford

Published: Wed 2 Oct 2017

It was 50 years ago in October that we started as fresher’s attending Bradford University Mechanical Engineering Department. Hence, we duly arranged to meet and re-visit Bradford University on Wednesday 18th October 2017. The meeting was attended by Gaynor and Harry Haigh, Lynda and Barry Cope and Ann and John McEvoy (the three doughty alumni and their wives).

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Finding Yourself

Finding Yourself

Published: Mon 23 Oct

I learnt much more during my undergraduate degree asides the medical sciences – the importance of determination and personal growth. Although I appeared to be doing well on top, I actually had no idea where I was going or what I wanted to do in life. I spent a whole year after graduation desperately applying (and getting rejected) for the position I thought I was supposed to join after a degree in Biomedical Sciences. In fact, it took me more than two years to find my passion and the career I’ve chosen; something I should have realised as I gleefully took on every Human Physiology and Anatomy written assignment and was praised personally by my lecturer on more than one occasion for my writing.

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Graduates from 1977, eh?

Published: Wed 27 Sep

“Graduates from 1977, eh?” said curator Andy with a grin as he welcomed us in. “I’ll talk louder, then”. Good thing he did. Time had done its share of ravaging since our fresher days, what with Lusia’s back and everyone’s knees, but we still had a great time hobbling around the Bradford campus with the remains of Arthur Williams, Steve Rainbird, Maggie Allison, Rob Williams, Owen Heathcote and Liz Childs-Clarke. Bits of Helen Copley and Carole Parker joined us on the Monday (18 September) evening – Carole all the way from the Isle of Wight. Thanks to Liz we had already had the pleasure of seeing Marc, Francoise, Barbara Waters, Kari Coleman, Tony Godfrey and Gail Chilman in London. Apologies were received from Gail, Peter Fawcett, Rafael Sala, Liz Arkell, Louise Cowcher, Kim Davis, Val White, Janet Pelly and Julie Godfray, and greetings arrived from a friend of several Mod Langers, colour chemist Rog Harvey in Michigan.

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50 Years’ Chemistry Reunion – Woohoo!!

50 Years’ Chemistry Reunion – Woohoo!!

Published: Wed 2 Aug 2017

What a great weekend! We finally made it after 50 years. The weekend started on Friday afternoon when we began assembling at Heaton Mount. Ron and Helen Armstrong, Ian and Rosemary Hodgson, Dave Tennant, Graham Pollok, Chris Beaumont, Dave Anderson and Peter and Sue Bird. The others would come along on Saturday. This was the first time many of us had been here and we were delighted with the setting, beautiful meeting rooms and the accommodation.

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Three things you should do after graduation.

Three things you should do after graduation.

Published: Fri 14 Jul 2017

You dreamt, you planned, you believed, you worked, and you conquered. Congratulations on achieving this milestone! Now get ready for a whole new adventure. Whether you will be continuing with education, starting or seeking a new job, or simply taking a break, there are a few things you should do to ensure you make the most of the resources available to you. Three to be precise...

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How would you choose to design your life?

How would you choose to design your life?

Published: Fri 26 May 2017

What, according to you, is a good life? A life of worth? A life that’s fulfilling? According to Dr Sean Stephenson, life is fulfilling when three important elements... Health, Wealth and Relationships are taken care of. He calls these the 'buckets of life' which are interconnected. When these buckets are full, it remains in balance and radiates bright light...

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20-Year Reunion for Pharmacy, Class of 1993-97

20-Year Reunion for Pharmacy, Class of 1993-97

Published: Thu 20 Apr 2017

If someone had said to me on graduating in July 1997 that our first reunion would be twenty years later and I would be arranging it, I would have ridiculed them on both counts. Never did I see myself arranging a reunion and I certainly didn't think it would be twenty years before the first one would take place!

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People Power: Bradford treasures on show in London

People Power: Bradford treasures on show in London

Published: Thu 23 Feb 2017

2017 offers a very rare chance to see the original sketches of the ‘peace symbol’. Special Collections and the Trustees of the Commonweal Library are lending the sketches to a major exhibition at the IWM, People Power: Fighting for Peace: 23 March-28 August 2017.

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Bradford Chemistry Reunion 2017

Bradford Chemistry Reunion 2017

Published: Thu 16 Feb 2017

What were you doing in June 50 years ago? Don’t know? Well a group of Bradford chemistry students know exactly what they were doing, they were celebrating graduating. In 1967 they had just completed a four-year thin sandwich course in Industrial Chemistry at Bradford. Only the second group to celebrate a degree in Chemistry at the newly formed University.

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Med School Reject: Finding success in your failure

Med School Reject: Finding success in your failure

Published: Tue 20 Dec 2016

My journey at the University of Bradford began with me not wanting to stay at Bradford University. I remember my first day, I had not packed or prepared anything for my new abode. All I had was a headstrong determination that I was not there to stay. I had enrolled onto the Clinical Sciences course, a medical course that offered 20 students who met certain criteria the chance to transfer to Leeds Medical School. This had become a goal post for me, getting into medical school would be the achievement that would give me value, ascertain my future and validate my credibility. Having parents in the medical sector meant that the only examples I had of successful professionals were in the medical profession and I had not explored anything outside this.

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Is finding the right job really about ‘following your dreams’?

Is finding the right job really about ‘following your dreams’?

Published: Tue 6 Dec 2016

Follow your dreams is perhaps the best most clichéd career advice ever given. As a child, it is easy to imagine your dreams such as a fireman, teacher or to become a pilot. But when you have your first job after graduation, what is the next step, how do you find out what your dream is? No child dreams of becoming the best senior accountant!

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Are Marketing Automation Systems Destroying Marketing?

Are Marketing Automation Systems Destroying Marketing?

Published: Thu 6 Oct 2016

This sounds like one of those titles where a book sale is the call to action of this piece. Please be assured I am not trying to sell you anything, unusual for a marketer, but I do want to provide a thought.

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Living and working abroad: The big challenges and the average week

Living and working abroad: The big challenges and the average week

Published: Fri 23 Sep 2016

The following challenges of living abroad are all rooted in my experience of moving out to Kampala, Uganda, two years ago. There is no average week and what remains consistent is the resourcefulness necessary to operate effectively in a challenging environment. In my last blog I talked about my journey from graduating with a degree in Peace Studies to moving overseas to work in Uganda. In this article I focus on the five positive steps that I have learned make the experience enjoyable.

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A University is Born!

A University is Born!

Published: Fri 26 Aug 2016

At noon on 18 October 1966, the Royal Signature of Queen Elizabeth II granted the Royal Charter by which the University of Bradford was founded. As a College of Advanced Technology, the Bradford Institute of Technology, the organisation already had the staff, students, buildings and facilities of a university. All that was needed was the formal recognition of university status.

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Bradford UNESCO City of Film

Bradford UNESCO City of Film

Published: Mon 22 Aug 2016

Lights, Camera, Action! There’s a new face around campus, or rather a familiar face come back where he graduated in 2010 with a first class honors degree as a mature student. David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and holds the City he was born and raised in very close to his heart. He now considers himself to be in a very privileged position in representing the City on a truly international scale.

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Bradford Alumni Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Abuja, Nigeria

Bradford Alumni Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Abuja, Nigeria

Published: Mon 15 Aug 2016

It was a pleasure to join fellow Bradford alumni and staff at a special 50th anniversary gathering in Abuja on Wednesday 20 July 2016. The programme was held at the Valencia Hotel, Wuse 2 Abuja, and the turnout was quite impressive.

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Beermats in The Shearbridge and The Bradford Mafia

Beermats in The Shearbridge and The Bradford Mafia

Published: Mon 18 Jul 2016

Entrepreneurship has changed fundamentally over the years, due to the ubiquity of the Web, providing the free flow of information and new business models. But human nature has not changed, I still encourage people to go down to the pub and summarise their business idea on a Beermat.

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Bumps and Breakthroughs: Was a Peace Studies Degree Pointless?

Bumps and Breakthroughs: Was a Peace Studies Degree Pointless?

Published: Fri 24 Jun 2016

With a background of volunteering in Rwanda and Thailand, a First Class Degree in Development and Peace Studies and two internships (in Uganda and Oxford, respectively), I thought I was set to soar on graduating in July 2013. Less than six months after graduating, I returned to Bradford to complete an internship at the Students’ Union designed by the University to support unemployed graduates. After a particularly nasty breakup and big dreams of moving on, I did not anticipate such a swift return to Bradford City.

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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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Could your goals be holding you apart from happiness?

Could your goals be holding you apart from happiness?

Published: Thu 24 Mar 2016

Can you remember how old you were when you first set an important goal? By adulthood, everyone knows how goal setting works — identify where you are now, figure out what you want and then work to close the gap between the goal and the reality. Seem straightforward enough? But what if the concept of goals is fundamentally flawed? What if instead of creating more happiness, your goals were actually keeping you apart from it?

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Coping with the challenges of traditional South Asian attitudes to women and work.

Coping with the challenges of traditional South Asian attitudes to women and work.

Published: Thu 11 Feb 2016

I'm a British born Pakistani Muslim girl from Yorkshire. Most women from this background don't leave their maternal home until they are married. You only move to live with your husband and/or his family so when I told my parents I'd rather study than get married you can only imagine how awkward that conversation was...

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The destruction of an iconic mill is sad; but Bradford needs to look to a different future

The destruction of an iconic mill is sad; but Bradford needs to look to a different future

Published: Mon 01 Feb 2016

The face of Bradford has been changed overnight by a huge fire, and the destruction of Drummonds Mill in Lumb Lane. For that great city's inhabitants, and those of us with fond memories of living there, the giant mills are the iconic landmarks which distinguish the former wool capital of Britain; but the mills should not be over-romanticised.

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Seven rules for a successful career after your graduation | Success Coach Nilesh

Seven rules for a successful career after your graduation | Success Coach Nilesh

Published: 23 Nov 2015

Graduation is an exciting time for every student. Here are seven rules, from Success Coach Nilesh, to help you confidently move forward and succeed in your career.

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3 key ingredients to lifelong happiness | Frederika Roberts

3 key ingredients to lifelong happiness | Frederika Roberts

Published: 13 Nov 2015

Happiness is a much talked-about topic lately; even the UK government is looking at measuring and increasing national happiness! But happiness is so much more than a 'buzzword'. There are many definitions of happiness and plenty of people willing to argue that 'some people are just happier than others' and that you can't work on becoming happier. In this article, I will show you some simple ways to work on your happiness as well as, I hope, convince you of why it is important that you do.

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