Ian St John

Publication:

The Historiography of Gladstone and Disraeli

The Historiography of Gladstone and Disraeli traces the often sharply differing perspectives historians have formed on key incidents in the careers of the two foremost politicians of the Victorian age – Gladstone and Disraeli. It follows the parallel careers of the two men, focusing on a series of contentious questions, ranging from why Disraeli opposed Corn Law repeal in 1846 and why Gladstone abandoned his High Tory politics for Peelism, to whether Disrsaeli was truly an imperialist and why Gladstone took up the cause of Irish Home Rule. By juxtaposing the contrasting interpretations of historians, the book illustrates how history is a continually evolving subject in which every generation poses new questions or reformulates answers to old ones – encouraging students to realize that history is an ongoing dialogue to which they are called upon to contribute.

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Ben Macpherson

New role:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Elected as the constituency MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, for the SNP.

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Ava Easton

Publication:

Life After Encephalitis – A Narrative Approach

Life After Encephalitis provides a unique insight into the experiences of those affected by encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. I share the rich, perceptive, and often powerful, narratives of survivors and family members. It shows how listening to patient and family narratives can help us to understand how they make sense of what has happened to them, and also help professionals better understand and engage with them in practice. The book will also be useful for considering narratives associated with brain injuries from other causes, for example traumatic brain injury.

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Paul John Walentowicz

Sadly passed away.

Born 5 February 1951, died 4 June 2016.

Paul was born in Plymouth, the eldest of the four children of Win and Jan Walentowicz. Jan served in the Polish Air Force and the Royal Air Force and had escaped from Poland during the Second World War. Paul was brought up in RAF camps in Cornwall, Devon, Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland and also lived with his parents in Malaysia and Aden. After boarding school he gained an ONC at South Shields Technical College.

He joined P&O in 1970 and served as an engineering officer. He left the merchant navy in 1974 and joined Lyons in Greenford as an engineer.

Paul joined Acton Labour Party in mid-1975, where he first met John and played in the party football team, which included Hilary Benn. Between 1975 and 1978 he joined the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and the Labour Campaign for Lesbian & Gay Rights. He left Lyons and went to work at Thames Polytechnic as a laboratory assistant. Ealing Council appointed him as a governor of West Acton Primary School and he was selected as a Labour candidate for Springfield Ward with John in the 1978 Ealing Council election but they lost.

Paul decided to try a career change so he went to evening classes, gaining A-levels in History and British Constitution and acceptance at York University as a mature student. He graduated in 1981 with an upper second in Politics/ Economics & Social History and in 1982 took an MA in Social Policy. While he was at York he was active in York CHE and the university gaysoc as well as being a volunteer for York gay switchboard. In 1981 he stood as Labour candidate for North Yorkshire County Council but was not elected. He was a life-long supporter of York City FC.

Paul returned to London and worked for the National Union of Students as a researcher.  Then he worked for SHAC, Shelter as head of research and the National Federation of Housing Associations. He also served on the management committee of Islington Housing Association.

Paul left London for Chelmsford in 1994, a year after being appointed as a research fellow in Housing at Anglia Polytechnic University, as Anglia Ruskin was then known. He worked at the university until 2013 progressing to lecturer and senior lecturer, a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (Eastern Region Committee, 2006/10) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was an external examiner for Middlesex University.

After taking early retirement, Paul became a part-time assistant with Essex County Adult Community Learning in Chelmsford. He also joined the Royal Air Force Association Club in Chelmsford after his father died in 2011 and served as secretary for a while.

Paul was a Labour candidate for Chelmer Ward in the Chelmsford elections in 2011 and 2015 when he was also returned unopposed to Springfield Parish Council. He often helped old friends in Ealing during elections. He was very pleased when John became mayor of Ealing in 2011 and accompanied him to several events.

Paul’s publications included Caught in the Act Again for SHAC, Flat Owners’ Guide (joint author) and his annual housing benefits, council tax and home owners’ wall charts for Shelter as well as numerous research papers, magazine articles and radio interviews. He made an influential contribution to housing policy in the nineties.

Paul died after a short illness and was cremated at Chelmsford Crematorium on 22nd June with a large attendance from Chelmsford and Ealing. He is survived by his brothers, Tony and Peter, sister, Jan Petty, and boyfriend, John Gallagher.

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Andrea Micocci

Publication:

A Historical Political Economy of Capitalism

In order to understand the resilience of capitalism as a mode of production, social organization, and an intellectual system, it is necessary to explore its intellectual development and underlying structure. A Historical Political Economy of Capitalism argues that capitalism is based on a dominant intellectuality: a metaphysics. It proposes the construction of a history-based “critique of political economy”, capable of revealing the poverty of capitalism’s intellectual logic and of its application in practice. This involves a reconsideration of several classical thinkers, including Smith, Marx, Berkeley, Locke, Hobbes, Hume, and Rousseau.

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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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