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1990s graduates

Jon McGregor, BSc Media Technology and Production 1998

Novelist and short story writer

Jon McGregor is an award-winning British novelist and short story writer. In 2002, his first novel, If nobody speaks of remarkable things, was long listed for the Booker Prize as its youngest contender and the first debutant novelist to be considered for the prestigious award. It would also go on to win the Betty Task Prize, Somerset Maugham Award, as well as being shortlisted for other notable awards. His second novel, So many ways to begin, was long listed for the Booker Prize in 2006. In 2012, his third novel, Even the Dogs, was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award.

Jon was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham with his wife and two children. He graduated from Bradford with a BSc in Media Technology and Production in 1998 and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Nottingham in 2010 as well as being appointed as an Honorary Professor. Alongside teaching, writing, and reading at various literature events, he also does some work for the literary charity First Story.

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Aamer Maqsood, BSc Technology and Management Science 1998

Head of Service Management and Transformation at Al Jazeera Global Media Network

Originally from Lancashire, Aamer came to Bradford in 1994 to study Technology and Management Science. After graduating with an honours degree in 1998, he joined IBM as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the company for eight years progressing to a Senior Technical Specialist. In 2008, Aamer joined Auto Trader with a strategic focus to establish a DevOps culture and in 2010 spearheaded the forming of an Agile Release Management function contributing as a Release Manager. This facilitated Auto Trader’s digital transformation from print to digital media. In January 2014, Aamer relocated to Doha, Qatar, to join the Al-Jazeera Global Media Network as a Change and Release Manager. He is currently the Head of Service Management and Transformation at Al Jazeera and is responsible for all IT processes supporting digital and broadcast media operations. Also within his remit is the ServiceNow platform for which he is the Enterprise Product Owner.

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Matt Truin, BA Modern Languages (Russian and Spanish) 1996

Operations Director at Diversity Travel

During his time studying a bachelors in Modern Languages, Matt developed a strong passion for travel and tourism. This led him to take on various roles working on cruise ships, after his graduation from Bradford in 1996, seeing him travel the world in both a personal and professional context. He then joined a travel management firm as a graduate trainee subsequently working his way up to senior management level. He would later take his passion to new scales in 2007 by co-founding Diversity Travel, a travel management firm in the UK. Over the last decade Matt has played a key role in Diversity Travel's development as an award-winning specialist travel management company providing a unique and comprehensive travel service to charity, academic and not-for-profit organisations globally.

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Daniel Harrison, BSc Electronic Imaging and Media Communications 1997

Co-Founder and CTO of Snaptrip

His Bradford studies gave Daniel a varied grounding in all aspects of traditional and digital media, allowing him a wide choice of career pathways. Following roles as a 3D modeller and animator and then as a software developer, Daniel started up his own company, Snaptrip, in the holiday rental sector. He now says he could never go back to working for anyone else.

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Ben Bisco, BA Interdisciplinary Human Studies 1998

Head of Digital at JD Williams

Ben graduated from Bradford in 1998 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Human Studies. He has built a career in digital marketing undertaking roles including Search Engineer with Sticky Eyes, Search Director at Brilliant Media, Digital marketing Director with and, since October 2014, his current role as Head of Digital at the online retailer JD Williams.

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Jill Wilson

Learning Support Assistant, Wyke College, Hull

“I really liked the university campus and the location. I was heavily involved in the social side of university life. I was involved with 'House' in my first year whilst I lived on campus and was a committee member of 'Alchemy' throughout the three years. I really enjoyed the applied aspect of the course. It was a definite plus point when applying for jobs.”

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