Toni O'Sullivan

New role:

A new business

This year, I launched my own business and it’s going tremendously well! With love for and the support of the University, I have secured new offices on the science park and have started to build my team.

I am launching a business & community podcast in the new year which is wonderfully exciting and I’d love to invite current students and faculty to take part. The podcast will discuss current topics/issues and highlight how different people are affected / alternative views, whilst encouraging community cohesion on a wider scale.

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Hiranmayee Mishra

Award:

Update - marriage, awards and publication

What was it for:

Hiranmayee Mishra sent the following message which was lovely to receive.
“Hi, a very warm wish from India. I left York in 2011. Since then not a single day passed when I didn’t remember my university, the city and my loving friends. I have just now written a novel based on my England life. Its now on stands and highly appreciated by the readers. We had a release event of the book in September. September is also our month of marriage and we celebrated our 25th marriage anniversary this time. The pic I am sharing is from our silver jubilee anniversary album.I am very excited to share that I have been awarded by IIE, USA an alumni award for working on issues related to transgenders.
Hope to read all yours stories.
Love
Hiranmayee Mishra”

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Oz (Paul) Hardwick

Publication:

'Learning to have Lost'

During September 2018 Oz was International Poet in Residence at the Poetry on the Move: Inhabiting Language Festival in Canberra, delivering workshops and taking part in panel discussions and academic sessions on prose poetry. While he was there, his new chapbook of prose poems, ‘Learning to have Lost,’ was published by the International Poetry studies Institute at the University of Canberra. It was the culmination of an exciting year in which Oz has read and given talks in the UK, Europe, and USA following the publication of his sixth full collection, ‘The House of Ghosts and Mirrors‘ (Valley Press) in 2017. Oz is currently co-editing an anthology of contemporary British prose poetry for publication in May 2019, and working towards a full collection of my own prose poetry early in 2020.

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David Coates

Sadly passed away.

Sadly passed away

David Coates sadly passed away in August 2018. He was a lecturer at the University of York between 1970 and 1977 and studied here in 1964.  Read his obituary by following the link below.

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Brian Loane

Sadly passed away.

Sadly passed away

Brian Loane sadly died on 18th September 2018. He had been a student at York University Music Department from 1969 – 1973. Funeral arrangements: Friday 5th October 12 noon at Sunderland Crematorium. More details available from cormacloane@uwclub.net

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Lauren Crystal

Update:

Launched a product

Since graduating Lauren has been working in technology and recently launched a project collaboration app that has been selected to exhibit at Forbes Under 30 Summit. To find out more click the link below.

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Anita Wilkinson (nee Langford)

Sadly passed away.

Sadly passed away

Anita Wilkinson died on 5th April 2018, aged 64, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. She leaves her husband Richard, daughter Kathryn and son Simon,
After graduating from York she gained an MA in Applied Genetics ay Birmingham University. It was there that she met another postgraduate, Richard, who became her husband later that year. Anita and Richard moved to Leicester where they both worked and brought up their family.
Anita will be remembered for her love of quilting, patchwork and especially lacemaking which became her lifetime passion. She was well known as a lacemaking tutor and an author publishing 5 booklets of her own lace patterns and designs.

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Julia Deakin

Publication:

Sleepless

Ours is a restless age. At one extreme, 24/7 corporate culture and social media addiction leave many unable to literally and metaphorically switch off; at the other, millions are roaming continents in fear of their lives while looking for a safe place to rest. In Sleepless, poet Julia Deakin tirelessly questions how we have come to this exhausting impasse.
Her hard-hitting, wryly humorous and intensely humane collection probes our emotions, digs deep for grains of common sense and plumbs the depths of our conscience to ascertain how truly awake we are.
Deakin’s work has drawn consistent praise from nationally-renowned poets. ‘Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose,’ said Simon Armitage of her first collection, Without a Dog (Graft, 2008). Anne Stevenson ‘read it straight through at a single sitting’ enjoying its ‘mature wit and wisdom’. ‘Real linguistic inventiveness’ said Ian McMillan. ‘Bold, irreverent and wickedly funny,’ said Alison Brackenbury of her Poetry Business Competition winner, The Half-Mile-High-Club.
MMU Professor of Poetry Michael Symmons Roberts appraised Eleven Wonders (http://www/graftpoetry.co.uk) as ‘Powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection. Those who, like me, have admired her individual poems in the past, will be struck by their cumulative strength and range.’
Of Sleepless, Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales 2008-2016) says: ‘From the first poem’s quiet lyricism to the final poem’s dazzling thirty sentences, these are witty, sometimes experimental, always musical, sharp-eyed, intelligent poems that ring in this reader’s mind. A fine collection.’
Deakin was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north to Yorkshire where she taught, married, did a Poetry MA and took up ice skating. A compelling reader, she has featured twice on Poetry Please and won numerous competitions – none of them for skating.

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Mahlet Zimeta (nee Getachew)

Award:

Journalism award/grant - international relations

What was it for:

Award from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The grant covers the “hard” costs of international media assignments (travel, accommodation, interpreters, fixers, etc), and they subsequently turn funded projects into long-term educational resources.

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Michael Contaldo

New role:

Head of Innovation Government of New Zealand

I graduated from York in 1997 (Vanbrugh, History), After completing a Master’s at the London School of Economics I joined the Treasury as a civil servant. I am now moving to Wellington to take up a post with the New Zealand Government to lead on innovation.

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Atta Rehman

New role:

A New Role for Atta

Atta Rehman got new job as “Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Monitoring and Reporting) with UN Relief and Working Agency based in Amman, Jordan

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Stuart Lowe

New role:

Chair of York Chamber Music Festival Charitable Trust Committee

Stuart Lowe recently retired as a member of staff and has taken up the role of Chair of York Chamber Music Festival Charitable Trust Committee. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.

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