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NameDegreeNationalOfJob TitleOrganisationOccupational Sector
Sarah McCuskerMA Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomPrincipal Consultant - Corporate SustainabilityClimate ConsultingSustainability Consultancy
Lucy JonesMLitt Middle East and Central Asia Security Studies United KingdomAnalyst, Middle East and North AfricaControl RisksRisk Management
Hendrickje Catriona WindischMA Joint Hons French and International RelationsGermanyConsultantOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, FranceInternational Development/ Organisations
Ed NoelPhilosophyUnited KingdomLondon AdministratorDebating MattersAdministration
Aditi RamachandranMSc Management and Information TechnologyIndiaIT Security & Risk ConsultantUnileverIT/Computer Programming
Paddy DempseyBSc Hons BiochemistryUnited KingdomTeachFirst Science TeacherTeachFirstTeaching
Haley MA Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomGlobal Campaign OfficerABC News, New York Film
Philippa English MA (Hons)United KingdomSponsorship and Development Manager Academy of St Martin in the Fields (UK's leading Chamber Orchestra) Fundraising
Susan BSc Hons Maths and StatsUnited KingdomHead of Careers/Teacher of MathsAlbyn School, Aberdeen Teaching
Helen MA Honours Film Studies and International Relations United KingdomField Crew LeaderMontana Conservation Corps (Americorps)Environmental Work
Rachel PhD StatisticsUnited KingdomAssociate Professor - Department of Statistics University of Auckland, New ZealandAcademia
Alexis MSc Sustainable DevelopmentGhanaCredit OfficerAssociation of Progressive Entrepreneurs In Development (APED) International Development/ Organisations
Elena Film Studies and GermanUnited KingdomFreelance WriterAyr RFCJournalism
Kelda Film Studies and Modern HistoryUnited KingdomSenior Archives Assistant BBC Written Archives Centre Archiving
Saba Douglas-HamiltonMA Social AnthropologyUnited KingdomWildlife presenter and documentary film producer Freelance – but work mostly with the BBC Natural History Unit and Animal Planet Media / Television
Kate MSc Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomJunior Geological EngineerBGC Engineering (Canada)Geology
Ingrid MSci Maths and StatsUnited KingdomAssistant VP, UK Insurance ALM SolutionsBarclays CapitalInsurance
AJ Film Studies and English Literature United KingdomBroadcast JournalistBauer MediaJournalism
Hannah ZoologyUnited KingdomPA to the DirectorsBig EarthMedia / Television
Lindsey English and Social Anthropology MA (Hons)United KingdomSupporter Fundraising Administrator Breakthrough Breast Cancer Fundraising
Ewan BSc Marine and Environmental BiologyUnited KingdomFieldwork Assistant/BiologistBritish Antarctic SurveyEnvironmental Work
Jessica Modern Languages (French and German) with Management WIYAUnited KingdomGlobal Food Safety Initiative CoordinatorCIES – The Food Business Forum, Paris, FranceHealth and Safety
Richard BSc (Hons) StatisticsUnited KingdomResearch Assistant (Medical Statistician)Cambridge UniversityStatistics
Jamie MA (Hons) Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomDevelopment OfficerCommunity Energy ScotlandEnvironmental Work
George BSc Hons GeographyUnited KingdomTeam Leader – Environment and RegenerationConvention of Scottish Local Authorities Environmental Work
Trisha International RelationsUnited KingdomDevelopment Policy ResearchCrown AgentsInternational Development/ Organisations
Shan Joint Honours in Spanish and French (WIYA)United KingdomAccount Coordinator, Large Accounts DivisionDIOT (Insurance Broker-Paris, France) Insurance
Alice BSc Hons MathsUnited KingdomTeacher of MathematicsDunbar Grammar SchoolTeaching
Spencer BSc Geosciences (Hons) United KingdomStaff GeologistERM West, IncGeology
Ian PhD MathsUnited KingdomESRC Chief Executive. (from October 2010 - University of Aberdeen - Principal and Vice Chancellor) ESRCStatistics
Robert MA Hons French with Linguistics United KingdomSenior ProducerFive NewsJournalism
Helen StatisticsUnited KingdomRisk AnalystThe Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) Risk Management
Lauren StatisticsUnited KingdomStatisticianForensic Science Service Statistics
Catherine Films Studies and Modern History MA (Hons) United KingdomMarketing AssistantGreen Screen StudiosMarketing
Lanting MSc Sustainable Development ChinaAdministratorH&S International Investment CoAdministration
Robert MA (Hons) History of Art and EnglishUnited KingdomGeneral ManagerJohn Lewis Partnership, CheadleCustomer Service
Siobhan MA (Hons) Modern Languages (French German)United KingdomTranslatorLouise Killeen Translations LtdInterpreting/Translation
Mark MA History of ArtUnited KingdomMembership Development ManagerMuseums Galleries ScotlandMuseums, galleries and Auction houses
James MA (Hons) Geography & Modern HistoryUnited KingdomCampus Principal (now retired) North Island College, BC (until 2005)Teaching
James MathsUnited KingdomPrimary School PGCE student (maths specialist) n/aTeaching
Catriona MA Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomSustainability LeaderRydon Group Sustainability Consultancy
Iain StatisticsUnited KingdomTransportation Consultant SIAS LtdTransportation
Vanessa GeographyUnited KingdomGeomorphologistScottish Natural HeritageEnvironmental Work
Thomas MathsUnited KingdomRisk Analyst and Sports Trader Sky BetRisk Management
Stephanie BSc (Hons) Cell Biology and PathologyUnited KingdomResearch AssociateSource MDxScience Research
Spencer BSc Geosciences (Hons) United KingdomMine Geologist Stonewall MiningGeology
Lindsay Social Anthropology and IRUnited KingdomCampaignerSurvival InternationalInternational Development/ Organisations
Robert MA (Hons) PsychologyUnited KingdomTrainee Primary Teacher (PGCE)n/aTeaching
Hannah ClassicsUnited KingdomTeacher of Latinn/aTeaching
Vicki Maths and StatsUnited KingdomTeachern/aTeaching
Emma PGDip Museum and Gallery StudiesUnited KingdomMuseums ManagerThe Black Watch Castle & MuseumMuseums, galleries and Auction houses
Sophie MA Modern Languages (French) WIYAUnited KingdomTeacher of English as a Foreign Language The British School Group, Italy Teaching
Neil PGDip Museum and Gallery StudiesUnited KingdomArchive Curator n/aArchiving
Thomas MALD (Social Anthropology) United KingdomPublic Sector Governance Specialist, Public Sector Governance Unit See: World Bank or World Bank - Public Sector The World Bank International Development/ Organisations
Andrei Film Studies MLitt (Distinction) CanadaProgramming Associate - Toronto International Film Festival Programmer - Toronto-Romanian Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival and Toronto-Romanian Film Festival Film
Thomas GeoscienceUnited KingdomFacility Manager & Pilot, Airborne GeoSciences NERC Recognised Facility University of Edinburgh Environmental Work
Anne Geography MA Hons United KingdomStudent Recruitment Officer University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus Human Resources
Lucy MA Sustainable Development United KingdomSustainability Intern University of St Andrews, Estates Sustainability Consultancy
Rebecca MA Sustainable Development (Corporate Social Responsibility Pathway) United KingdomTransition Project Officer University of St Andrews Environmental Work
Isobel Geography BSc Hons United KingdomUniversity Professor University of Stirling Teaching HE
Lydia MSci (Hons) Maths and Stats United KingdomPostdoctoral Researcher Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium Academia
Simon Economics & Finance United KingdomBroadcaster/columnist The Wall Street Journal Media / Television
Stefan Geoscience (BSc) now Geology (BSc) United KingdomPetroleum Geologist Wintershall AG (BASF Group) Geology
Shane ManagementChinaInformation Disclosure/Investor Relations Specialist Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd Business Management
Susanne MA Hons History United KingdomMarketing Graduate Youngs Bluecrest Marketing
Caroline BuchananEnvironmental Biology and GeographyUnited KingdomBREEAM Communities Senior Consultant The Building Research Establishment (BRE)Sustainability Consultancy
Elizabeth GarrisonMA (Hons) Mediaeval History & SpanishUnited KingdomFreelance Translator and ReviewerElizabeth Garrison TranslationsInterpreting/Translation
David JonesBSc Internet Computer ScienceUnited KingdomJunior Support EngineerFreeAgent, EdinburghIT/Computer Programming
Leila SattaryPhysics MPhysUnited KingdomResearch Facilitator / Science Writer & EditorUniversity of Oxford / Freelance Scientific/Medical Publishing
John NathanaelsonMA Hons ManagementUnited KingdomOperations Management Leadership GraduateRolls-RoycePurchasing/Supply Chain
Ross MougMSc Advanced Computer ScienceUnited KingdomSoftware EngineerAvaloq Innovation LtdIT/Computer Programming
Anastasios AnastasiouMSc Advanced Computer ScienceGreeceFixed Income Rates - eMarkets Application SupportBarclays CapitalIT/Computer Programming
Ziyang PengMSc in Software EngineeringUnited KingdomSoftware EngineerFactSetIT/Computer Programming
Laxansh AdesaraMSc Information TechnologyIndiaSenior Application DeveloperSmartphone Media IT/Computer Programming
Peter HenrysM.Sci (HONS) StatisticsUnited KingdomStatisticianCentre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)Statistics
Rucha AnjariaMSc Information TechnologyIndiaTechnology Consultant/AnalystTriSystems Ltd.IT/Computer Programming
Rebecca TrengoveMA Honours RussianUnited KingdomHead of Marketing and Corporate AffairsAxeon Marketing
Emmanouil GiakoumakisInformation TechnologyGreeceQuality Assurance Engineer / Technical Business AnalystBritish Sky BroadcastingIT/Computer Programming
Alan BoydComputer Science (PhD)United KingdomTrainee Patent AttorneyD Young & Co LLPPatent Law
Rhona MillarMathematics BScUnited KingdomAssociateErnst & YoungFinancial services
Amrit ThindInternational RelationsUnited KingdomExecutive Assistant People BrandsMarketing
Robert GelbModern HistoryUnited States of AmericaFounder, CEOBus 52Not for profit
Owen EnsorInternational RelationsUnited KingdomAssociate ConsultantBain & CoManagement Consulting
Anya PramayudyaniMaster of Letters in International BusinessIndonesiaAssociate ConsultantCapco Management Consulting
Gary ClarkMSc Information TechnologyUnited KingdomIT Support Co-ordinatorRoyal Bank of ScotlandIT/Computer Programming
Lowri MorganClassicsUnited KingdomManagement ConsultantAccentureManagement Consulting
Nicholas FryerFrench & International RelationsUnited KingdomDevelopment CoordinatorCharityworks Graduate Scheme, with a placement at Advance Housing & SupportNot for profit
Jack LancasterM.A. Honours (Management)AustraliaAnalyst ConsultantAccentureManagement Consulting
Richard DixonModern Languages (French & Spanish)United KingdomSenior ManagerAccentureManagement Consulting
Kimberley MChem Chemistry with external placementUnited KingdomPhD studentUniversity of StrathclydeAcademia
Callum MacGregorMChem in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry & External PlacementScotlandPhD studentUniversity of CambridgeAcademia
Reuben HolmesMChem: Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and Industrial PlacementUnited KingdomNuclear Fuel Reprocessing Technical AdvisorSellafield LtdScience Analysis
Louise MChem ChemistryScotlandGraduate Applications ScientistCroda InternationalScience Analysis
Olivia StewardMChemUnited KingdomResearch and Development Chemist SynOil Energy Services Science Research
Mark BewsherMChem Chemistry with French (With Integrated Year Abroad)United KingdomFuture Leaders Development Programme - GraduateBarclaysBanking
Allie MA (Hons) English LiteratureUnited KingdomIntern to the CEO and Marketing/press and public affairs internAmerican Public Television and British Consulate General BostonMarketing
Rosalie Lindqvist JonesModern History and Art HistoryUnited KingdomAccount ExecutiveGrey LondonAdvertising
Emily Masters in Chemistry (MChem) with Industrial PlacementUnited KingdomSenior Associate (Audit)DeloitteAccountancy
David BowersGeography MAUnited KingdomQuality AuditorBuilding Research EstablishmentSustainability Consultancy
Thomas LeppardM.A. Hons Ancient History and ArchaeologyUnited KingdomLecturerSouthern Connecticut State UniversityTeaching HE
Anna MolesAncient History and ArchaeologyUnited KingdomLibrary Research AssistantBritish School at AthensLibrarian/Information Management
Alex MelthamMA (Hons) EnglishUnited KingdomAssociateErnst & Young LLPAccountancy
Isobel TurnerPhilosophyUnited KingdomMaths TeacherTeach FirstTeaching
Emma ThompsonMathsUnited KingdomPastoral ApprenticeSt Andrews Baptist ChurchReligious Work
Fahad UsmanMSc Advanced Computer ScienceUnited KingdomNetwork Insight and Engagement ManagerBT OpenreachIT/Computer Programming
Jilly McKayBSc (Hons) MathematicsUnited KingdomInformation AnalystISD, NHS National Services ScotlandStatistics
Sam McNeillyInternet Computer ScienceUnited KingdomSenior Software DeveloperBTIT/Computer Programming
Charlotte CoulthardFrench and LatinUnited KingdomEditorial Assistant, Aurum Press LtdAurum Publishing Group part of Quarto GroupPublishing
Claire RampenModern Languages with LinguisticsUnited KingdomDigital Leadership Graduate SchemeTelefónica DigitalBusiness Management
Lucy ArndtM.A. Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomSustainability Project ManagerBG GroupSustainability Consultancy
Fraser McIntoshInternational RelationsScotlandDeputy House of Commons Representative to the European UnionThe Foreign & Commonwealth OfficePolitics
Jamie JonesAstrophysicsUnited KingdomActuarial ConsultantTowers WatsonActuary
Béatrice GoddardInternational RelationsUnited KingdomBlue Book TraineeEuropean CommissionInternational Development/ Organisations
Alex EbelingInternational Strategy EconomicsNetherlandsUS & European Institutional Equity SalesRaymond JamesFinancial services
Gareth LambPhD in ChemistryUnited KingdomConsultantStrategic Business InsightsStrategic Consultancy
Chris PhD ChemistryUnited KingdomHybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Technical SpecialistJaguar Land RoverTechnical Specialist
Olivia SmithHonours in International Relations United States of AmericaAnalystCredit Suisse Financial services
Jonathan ThomsonMathematicsUnited KingdomIT ConsultantFDM GroupIT/Computer Programming
Daniel RichardsonMA - International RelationsUnited States of AmericaInvestment AssociateMercatus, IncFinancial services
Pamela Campbell-JohnstonMA Hons Art HistoryUnited KingdomFreelance Arts Consultant and Lecturerex Royal Academy of ArtsArts Consultant
Ryan CantMA ManagementUnited KingdomAnalystAccenture UKManagement Consulting
James ShieldMA (Hons) International RelationsUnited KingdomProjects Manager, Cancer Population EvidenceMacmillan Cancer SupportProject Management
Hannah FrithBSc GeographyUnited KingdomOperational MeteorologistMet OfficeMeteorology
Jonathan MA Economics and ManagementIsle of ManAssistant ConsultantSteer Davies GleaveTransport Consultancy
Vicky ClarkMA Modern History and MLitt Film StudiesUnited KingdomAssistant ProducerIMG/European Tour ProductionsMedia / Television
Andrew RudhallPhD, PhysicsUnited KingdomPatent AttorneyMarks & Clerk LLPPatent Law
Kirstie MacmillanGeography MA(Hons)United KingdomTrainee Geography TeacherDurham SCITTTeaching
Edmund BennettTheoretical Physics PhDUnited KingdomEngineerSystems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) LtdEngineering
Vishwanath SankaranMLitt MarketingIndiaProduct & Content ManagerKelkoo UK LtdMarket Research
Alice Tuff-LaceyCell Biology and PathologyUnited KingdomProgramme ManagerCancer Research UKProject Management
Camilla HenfreyClassics: Latin & GreekUnited KingdomArea ManagerAldiRetail
Rachael PlunkettMRes Marine Mammal ScienceUnited KingdomProject ScientistSMRU MarineScience Research
Anna GraysonBSc GeologyUnited KingdomArtist (formerly writer and broadcaster)Self employedArt
James Furmston-EvansGeoscienceUnited KingdomTechnical SpecialistCavendish NuclearRadioactive Waste Consultant
Clyde LeysBSc Honours GeologyUnited KingdomMineral Exploration Technical Support ManagerFreeport McMoRan IncGeology
Megan O'DonnellBSc GeologyUnited KingdomAtmospheric Pollution Research AssistantCentre of Ecology and HydrologyResearch Analysis
George MorrissGeographyUnited KingdomTech RecruitmentCloudreachTechnical Specialist
Michael FordeInternational Relations and PhilosophyUnited KingdomGraduate TraineeCharityworks Not for profit
Ailsa MesserGeoscience BScUnited KingdomLead Geologist - Global New VenturesBG GroupGeology
John BanksBSc (Hons) GeologyUnited KingdomSenior PetrophysicistMaersk Oil North Sea (UK) LtdGeology
Jonathon KaberryGeographyUnited KingdomOperations ManagerEdsell LimitedBusiness Management
Megan FoleyGeography MA HonsUnited KingdomPilotBritish AirwaysAir Travel
Tom Master of Letters Terrorism StudiesUnited Kingdom2nd Lieutenant in the British Army ReservesBritish ArmyArmed Forces
Tamara StupalovaGeography with SpanishCzech RepublicPolicy Advocacy and Community OutreachAsylum Access EcuadorNot for profit
Hannah SmithClassicsUnited KingdomProject Coordinator Chatteris Educational FoundationTeaching
Rebecca DrinkwaterBSc (Hons) ZoologyUnited KingdomGraduate Engineering Recruitment Consultant KBM ResourcingRecruitment Consultancy
Owen TurnerBSc PhysicsUnited KingdomHead of Financial ConsultingAccess UK LtdAccountancy
Amy KincaidBSc GeographyUnited KingdomPort Lockroy AssistantUK Antarctic Heritage TrustEnvironmental Work
Lynsey Biology United KingdomPhysiotherapistNHSPhysiotherapy
Emily HillClassicsUnited KingdomSenior Production EditorOxford University PressPublishing
Catherine CummingBSc GeographyUnited KingdomLearning & Engagement OfficerCambo Heritage TrustEnvironmental Work
Katie HendersonPsychology MA (Hons)United KingdomAssistant EditorCambridge University PressPublishing
Cameron BSc (Hons) ChemistryAustraliaResearch AnalystFTI ConsultingEconomic Consulting
Madi KonakbayevMA (Hons) International RelationsKazakhstanAttachePermanent Mission of KazakhstanInternational Development/ Organisations
Dale PeetBSc EconomicsUnited KingdomSenior Business Intelligence AnalystCranewareIT/Computer Programming
Giulia BSc (Hons) NeuroscienceGermanyMSc by Research Integrative NeuroscienceUniversity of EdinburghResearch Analysis
Theo HoppenMA English Literature and LanguageUnited KingdomSolicitorStowe Family Law LLPSolicitor
Emily GrayJoint MA (hons) International Relations and ManagementUnited KingdomPolicy and Programmes Officer for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central AsiaDepartment for International Development International Development/ Organisations
Anna BSc NeuroscienceUnited States of AmericaResearch Assistant IIOregon Health & Science UniversityResearch Analysis
Tom PetrieMathematics & StatisticsUnited KingdomLife Insurance ActuaryEYActuary
Dawid SawickiMA (Hons) EconomicsPolandAssociateMoore Stephens LLPAccountancy
Robert GelbModern HistoryUnited States of AmericaInternational Opportunities ManagerUniversity of St Andrews Careers CentreEducation Administration
Hannah PickeringMA Theological StudiesUnited KingdomReligious Education TeacherTeach FirstTeaching
Sandy WilkieMA Geographical StudiesUnited KingdomStaff Engagement LeadBolton NHS Foundation TrustHuman Resources
Noel CarrMA ManagementUnited KingdomLead Account RepresentativeThe Dow Chemical CompanyMarketing
Fiona GrahamInternational RelationsUnited KingdomCommunications DirectorInstitute for Family BusinessPublic Affairs
Jonothan McColganManagement MA (hons)United KingdomDirector & Chartered Financial PlannerCombined Financial StrategiesFinancial services
Verena MenginMA in Economics and ManagementItalyOwner Senior Consultant Coach Mediator Organisational and Personal DevelopmentMengin ConsultingManagement Consulting
Mattias BjornforsFinancial EconomicsUnited KingdomEconomic Regulation ManagerGatwick Airport LimitedEconomic Consulting
Nader AlosaimiMSc Management and ITSaudi ArabiaManaging DirectorTekPathsStrategic Consultancy
Caroline MoranMa Management & Italian United KingdomQuantity Surveyor Dawnus Construction UK Surveying
Klaus FrankenbergerMaster of Letters (Management)GermanyHead of Life ControllingAxa Konzern AGInsurance
Rachael EverardMA Sustainable DevelopmentUnited KingdomGlobal Sustainability ManagerRolls-Royce plcSustainability Consultancy
Kirsty GillespieManagementUnited KingdomGraduate Management TraineeLidl UKRetail
Alistair Keillar International Relations United KingdomAssociate Sales Representative Cisco Technical sales
Walter PoonGerman-Italian-RussianHong KongManagement Consulting AnalystAccentureManagement Consulting
David DohertyChemistry, MChemScotlandProject CoordinatorCapgeminiIT/Computer Programming
Simon BartramModern History and Philosophy (First Class Honours)United KingdomQualified Chartered AccountantEY (Ernst and Young)Accountancy
Luke CampbellComputational ScienceUnited KingdomJava DeveloperPlanet Software Limited, Douglas, Isle of ManIT/Computer Programming
Elliot DaviesComputer ScienceUnited KingdomNewsroom DeveloperThe Times & Sunday TimesJournalism
Callum ReidM.A (Hons) ManagementUnited KingdomRelationship ManagerLloyds Banking GroupBanking
Neil WellsComputer ScienceUnited KingdomSoftware Engineer/Site Reliability EngineerGoogleIT/Computer Programming
Megan WadinGeographyUnited States of AmericaCommunity Development SpecialistIllinois Institute of Technology Global Leaders Program/Americorps VISTACommunity Work
Hannah BrownlowItalianUnited KingdomManaging ConsultantBrightCarbonDesign
Amy (Muscato) AhnEnglishUnited States of AmericaWriter/EditorAmy Ahn Writing & EditingWriting
Ruth PrenticeMTheolUnited KingdomTeacher of Religious StudiesDowne House SchoolTeaching
David PriceChemistryUnited KingdomAssistant Investment ManagerVeritas Investment MnagementFinancial services