Brooke Spencer

Update:

Update: Marriage and new role

Hi, I got married in October 2018 to Calvin Maserow from Cape Town, South Africa. We were married at the Beverly Hills Courthouse. Separately, I would also like to announce my new employment. I am now the Associate Director of Annual Giving at UCLA Law.

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Hannah Catterall

New role:

An exciting new role!

In October 2018 I started in a new role as Events Officer for the Wordsworth Trust, creating and running a programme of creative and inspiring literary-themed events for those living in and visiting Cumbria.

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Eleanor Thompson

New role:

An exciting new role!

Eleanor started as Communications Coordinator at St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in March 2018 – a fantastic place with a big emphasis on female empowerment and confidence-building.

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Christopher Hill

Update:

Ex lecturer seeking advice!

Christopher Hill was a lecturer, later senior lecturer in Politics and founding Director of the Centre for Southern African Studies.

“I have taken up blogging and Twitter late in life, and would like more followers, and advice on how to entice them. I find Twitter a bit weird, but enjoyable. Any advice would be welcome.

The blog is at rothercottage.wordpress.com and connects automatically with Twitter.
Its name is Bats in the Belfrey (NB When someone told me that I had mis-spelt belfry it was too late: the correct spelling was already taken).

My Twitter name is @ChristoHill3″

Get in touch with Christopher if you think you can help!

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Phillip Lloyd

Update:

It's never too late to learn

I first graduated in History/Politics at York in 1974 and then followed a career in criminal justice and social care until 2011. I followed up some work I had started on railway history in 1973 by studying for a PhD in Railway Studies in which I graduated in 2018; having become a State pensioner in November 2017. I thoroughly enjoyed my recent graduation, seeing all the young people starting off on the next phase in their life and careers. Much has changed, but York still has the same inclusive feel that I remember from the 1970s. I recently found an old photograph of my first graduation (attached) – it brought back many happy memories and my recent experience shows it’s never too late to enjoy the pleasure of learning.

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Emily Thommes

New role:

A new company: Tickets Ignite

Alumnus Emily Thommes has set up a new company, Tickets Ignite, a ticketing and box office platform revolutionising funding for live events by putting booking fees back into the arts.

By creating an event with the platform, artists and their collaborators become eligible to apply for funding from the Ignite Fund.

Frustrated by the lack of funding for new work, Emily aims to channel the vast amount of money being lost to the ticketing industry back into the arts.

Everyone hates booking fees – Tickets Ignite puts them to better use!

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Ruth Morris

New role:

A new role

Having taught at a variety of schools and universities, I have recently started a tuition business, based just around the corner from the University of York at 23 Yarburgh Way. As well as offering English and maths tuition to students aged 6 years and older, I also provide practice for the PGCE Skills Tests. Starting this business has always been a goal of mine and I am delighted that it has come to fruition.

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Woody Chau

New role:

Army Musician, the Band of the Parachute Regiment, Colchester

As an Army musician, my main duty is to musically support the British Army at home and aboard, such as performing in marching bands for military and remembrance parades (e.g. the Queen’s Birthday, London Cenotaph Remembrance), as well as regimental functions and dinner nights. Musicians also conduct education workshops with schools and music services, as well as promoting wind band music through concerts. Our secondary role on operations would include nuclear decontamination and medical support.

My lovely experience as Chair and Conductor of the university’s Concert Band and Wind Orchestra has strongly encouraged me to have pursued this career. Apart from being musically challenged, the opportunity to administrative and musically manage a musical ensemble had strongly developed my confidence, interpersonal skills and leadership skills, which are all vital to being a soldier. The joyful memories of performing and busking in York as well as touring abroad created so many lovely memories and developed a strong passion about wind bands in me. All of these have made me feel very privileged and proud to be a York graduate!

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Barbara Lamplugh

Publication:

The Red Gene

My second novel, ‘The Red Gene’, will be published by Urbane Publications in April. Already available for pre-order on Amazon.

“This fine historical novel traces the intergenerational legacies of the Spanish civil war through two groups of families, English and Spanish. At the narrative core is an English nurse who volunteered in the civil war, was caught in the violence of the Republican defeat and eventually returned to Britain. The parallel narrative follows three generations of Spanish families whose lives, unknowingly but irrevocably, were intertwined with Rose’s Spanish experiences. The author, an English writer and long- resident in Granada, effortlessly evokes the powerful ethos of the civil war and of life during the dictatorship and the post-Franco transition to democracy. Quite simply, this is an enthralling novel with real historical heft.” –Judith Keene, University of Sydney

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Zoe Williamson

New role:

A new role

It’s not my first graduate role but the most exciting- I’ve been offered a copywriting job in Vancouver, Canada. I got my masters degree from York, not my undergraduate, but the recognisable name on my CV has been a great help with applications.

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Tim James

Publication:

Elemental: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

(Taken from Amazon)

Tim James, the secondary-school science teacher we all wish we’d had, provides an accessible and wonderfully entertaining ‘biography of chemistry’ that uses stories to explain the positions and patterns of elements in the periodic table. Many popular science titles tend to tell the history of scientific developments, leaving the actual science largely unexplained; James, however, makes use of stories to explain the principles of chemistry within the table, showing its relevance to everyday life.

Quirkily illustrated and filled with humour, this is the perfect book for students wanting to learn chemistry or for parents wanting to help, but it is also for anyone who wants to understand how our world works at a fundamental level. The periodic table, that abstract and seemingly jumbled graphic, holds (nearly) all the answers.

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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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