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Festive cheer for alumni at end-of-year celebration

UEL alumni celebrate their achievements with a soiree

Festive cheer filled the halls of the University of East London as alumni got together to celebrate their achievements at the University Square Stratford campus on 12 December.

The annual event included musical performances from current students and gave alumni an opportunity to catch-up with each other and network with new alumni.

Joan Saunders-Reece, the chair of the Alumni Advisory Board, said it had been a great year and the event was a nice opportunity to get together. She said, “There is so much we want to do for the University. We have lots of alumni with the skills, knowledge and experience to pass on to current students and recent graduates. It is nice to end the year with a get together and it is great to see so many alumni come along.”

Alumna Taurai Matare, from Newham, studied on the BA Health Studies and MBA courses at the University of East London. She is a senior nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital and was recently crowned Royal College of Nursing ‘Nurse of the Year 2019’.

Ms Matare says that her success is down to a lot of hard work and dedication and credits UEL with helping her become a critical thinker.

She said, “Post-graduate studies really helped me think differently. I live in east London and UEL is where I started, it gave me my foundation. The experience motivated me to learn and the passion to do better.

“To succeed, you have to be innovative and open to new ideas. Now, we have UEL student nurses working in the same hospital and it feels like I can give back and share my experiences with them.”

When you finish your studies at the University of East London you become part of a community made up of over 100,000 graduates.

Shah Khan studied electrical engineering at UEL, graduating in 2016, and now works in film and tv – having worked on high profile films including Star Wars and Beauty and the Beast.

He said, “Alumni events are great because they give you an opportunity to find out about what other alumni are doing and network. I learnt so much from my degree that I carry over into my working life. Engineers are problem solvers and having those skills helps me on set every day when I am working with expensive equipment.”

From sports stars to entrepreneurs, UEL has graduates who are doing lots of innovative and exciting things.

Bose Agbesanwa completed her PGCE Primary Education at UEL and built a successful teaching career. In 2006, Ms Agbesanwa went back to Nigeria, where she is originally from, and set up a training consultancy helping schools.

Last year, she decided she wanted to give back and set up her own NGO – Raising Champion Children – which supports children and parents. She said, “Alumni events are always a good opportunity to catch up with what others are doing. To current students, I would say be flexible, open and look for opportunities to make a difference. It’s not just about studying and getting a job, it’s about making an impact on your community and leaving a legacy.”