Imogen Gornall

New role:

ABRSM Music Examiner

Having been a private music teacher for over 25 years I am now examining for the ABRSM, both across this country and from this summer internationally.

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Nicholas Amer

Update:

Last year, Google announced that they would be accepting accepting applications from developers to be part of the Project SOLI Alpha Developer program. My friend Paul Batchelor and I were one of 80 total developers selected worldwide to be part of the Alpha program.

Project SOLI is a small radar device that allows for recognition of fine-tuned gestures. Our work focuses on the use of SOLI in interactive music.

We were selected to attend a workshop in Mountain View with other Alpha developers, and members of the SOLI team.

Additionally, our project was selected to be shown in the official Alpha Developers video released by Google ATAP. This video was shown during Ivan Poupyrev’s update on SOLI at this year’s I/O.

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Becky Huff Hunter

New role:

Staff Writer, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

In my role at Wharton, I create and edit all kinds of communications about the School, including work with Wharton Magazine. I moonlight as an art critic for international publications such as frieze and Artforum, where I focus on Philadelphia and New York-based artists and exhibitions.

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David Tallerman

Publication:

Patchwerk

Patchwerk is my fifth published work, a science-fiction novella released in January of this year by Tor.com. Patchwerk follows scientist Dran Florrian as he flees a futuristic New York with his greatest invention, the machine known as Palimpsest. Confronted by a familiar enemy hellbent on stealing and corrupting his work, Dran discovers that even he only partially understands what he’s created – and that the very fundament of reality may be at stake if he should fail to keep it out of the wrong hands.

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Paul Fielding

Update:

Since graduating from York with a 2ii in chemistry in 1996 I have worked in the waste industry and now local government, and completed an MSc in Sustainable Waste Management. However since turning 40 I have realised that I need to be defined by who I am not what I do for a job. I married Helen Monks (now Fielding) and we have a 6 year old daughter. I loved my time in York, although still get “exam nightmares” in the spring. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

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Alex Szepietowski

Award:

The Institute of Directors (IoD), 2016 Director of the Year Award - Student Member

What was it for:

I spent my student loan to pay for a mentor to help me set up a property development business whilst in my final year of Uni. I had no money, or experience with property or business but had read a couple of books on the subject and backed myself to succeed if others had done it too! I quickly learnt how to raise finance and do deals, and was able to run the business full time when I finished my degree. 3 years later I own 24 houses, and the companies my fiancée and I have set up employ 8 people and a number of building teams.

“The winner of the IoD Student Member of the Year Award started his entrepreneurial journey with one business which he quickly turned in to a success, but he had ambition to start something bigger and used the profit he made as his starting capital for his current businesses. He has a proven track record and impressive portfolio within his business which has seen tremendous growth, particularly over the last 12 months. He is always thinking one step ahead and has been extremely enterprising and adaptable in his market. Strategy is at the heart of everything he does and he also recognises the importance of having mentors in his business. He believes strongly in helping others achieve the success that he has and mentors several people himself.” – The Institute of Directors (IOD) Director of the Year Awards Judging Panel

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Veronika Kusak

Update:

We are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage in July 2016 of Veronika Kusak (History/Archaeology, Goodricke) and James Reedie (Archaeology, Fairfax House), who met in their first year during the Archaeology dig in 2008.

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Hannah Catterall

New role:

Editorial Assistant

In August 2015 I began work at Routledge as the Editorial Assistant for the Criminology list, publishing social science books on topics including gender and sexuality, sex work, human trafficking, and victimology.

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Tara Cherry

New role:

Launch Analyst for Range Rover

I have just accepted my first permanent job at Jaguar Land Rover. Due to start 4th April 2016.

Post-graduation, I embarked upon a three-month internship at Aston Martin in the Marketing department, which was then extended for a further four months. I then began applying for more permanent work. When I heard about the Launch Analyst position at Jaguar Land Rover, I leapt at the opportunity!

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Denis Cronin

Sadly passed away.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Denis in April 2015. He was a popular and stalwart member of the University Hockey Club during his time at York, and also played a number of other sports for Goodricke with his typical enthusiasm. Denis is greatly missed by his wife Kate, children Aaron and Adriana, parents Sylvia and Denis, and all of those many friends who met him during his time at York and had been fortunate enough to stay in touch with him.

Submitted by Katerina Kraeva-Cronin

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Emily Perkins (nee Murdoch)

Publication:

Conquered Hearts

A historical fiction saga that sweeps across two countries through the eyes of a family, Conquered Hearts tells of the heartache and confusion that befell England after the Norman Conquest.

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Michael Holme

Update:

After leaving York, I worked for some time in computing, also gaining an MSc in the subject from MMU. I learned the piano from scratch during this period, and passed grade 8 with merit. I’ve taught it part-time for the last 16 years. A few years ago I became a published poem writer, mainly in the States. Presently, I perform at open-mic events around the north west.

My first wife, Clare, passed away in 2012. I am very happily married again to Michelle. We are trying for a family. Sadly we lost our first baby in 2015.

Currently, I’m engaged in voluntary work with people recovering from drugs and alcohol addictions, and mental health issues.

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