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  • 1. thebraduate ISSUE05 the magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Bradford Invitation to the 2010 Graduate Reunion Profiling Graduate Lawrence Tomlinson, Entrepreneur by Design Braduate Fund Success
  • 2. CLASSOF2009 Many congratulations and a special welcome to our new graduates W hether you are continuing with your studies or have left the University and are following your chosen career path, you continue to belong to the University community and we look forward to keeping in touch and continuing to provide help and support. On behalf of all Bradford alumni, welcome to the family. Parry Our 2009 Honorary Graduates E and Wendy J oining our graduates in 2009, fifteen distinguished individuals were awarded honorary degrees by the University to whom we would like to extend our welcome. Colin Parry OB Conferred in July 2009, Author, Sir Terry Pratchett OBE; Bradford- born actor, Peter Firth; Artistic Director and CEO of Kala Sangam, Geetha Upadhyaya; Artist and world peace activist, Matt Lamb; Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry, Co-Founders of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace; Jan Fletcher OBE, Chairwoman of Montpellier Estates; former Pro-Chancellor of the University, Alan Jerome; Ornithologist, John Mather; and Microbiologist, Don Whitley. ett OBE Conferred in December 2009, Mohammed Salam, Chief Executive of the Consortium of Ethnic Minority Organisations; Noorzaman Rashid, Director Sir Terry Pratch of Board and Leadership Services at Harvey Nash Group PLC; Dick Mills, BBC Sound Engineer; Achhar Paul Dharni, Chairman of the Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford; and Ann Cryer, MP for Keighley.
  • 3. WELCOMEANDNEWS www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni Welcome to the 5th Edition of The Braduate, The magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Bradford I t is great to be back in the Alumni Office and communicating with graduates again after my 12-month sabbatical. I was lucky enough to meet up with over 200 graduates on a tour of Brunei, Malaysia and Professor Mark Cleary accepting the gift from graduates Easa Singapore in November 2009. More about the Hasan Mohamed Alsabab Altenaiji and Ahmad Mohammad reunions on page 9 where you can also see a Salem Alhassan selection of photographs. UAE Navy presents gift The University launched the Braduate Fund in 2010, giving graduates the opportunity to support to University current and future students during a four-week During the December award ceremonies two telethon. Details about the Braduate Fund on graduates from the United Arab Emirates page 2. Navy presented a gift to the University on behalf of the Navy. We have set up an official Alumni Facebook page to make communicating with graduates The gold ship is considered one of the highest easier and to allow you to share your photos levels of gift to be given by the UAE Navy to and memories. Go to www.facebook.com/ an institution that it feels has helped its staff Bradfordalumni and become a fan. You can also in gaining knowledge that will enable them to follow the University on Twitter at twitter.com/ improve in their field of work. BradfordUni. Ahmad Mohammad Salem Alhassan said: “We wanted to show our appreciation to the You will notice that your Braduate magazine is University and the staff. We had a very good now in a new smaller format which will help us time learning here and we never felt that we reduce the amount of paper we use in line with our were away from home. The staff really value environmental policy. We hope you find this new the international students and understand handy sized magazine useful, a condensed update their needs.” on news, research and profiles. If you are happy to receive your Braduate magazine electronically, Easa Hasan Mohamed Alsabab Altenaiji said: email us at alumni@bradford.ac.uk. “The University logo ‘Making Knowledge Work’ was one of the reasons I applied The University is very proud of its green credentials to study. The city of Bradford was very and has, in fact, climbed three places in the national welcoming and the people are very friendly.” league of environmentally friendly universities to seventh place – making it the greenest university in Yorkshire. The 2010 ‘People & Planet Green Stay in Touch League’ shows the University of Bradford rising from 10th place in 2009, and 31st in 2008. Tel: + 44 (0) 1274 233086 Fax: +44 (0) 1274 236280 Last but not least, we are arranging a UK Email: alumni@bradford.ac.uk reunion for graduates of all years on Saturday 11 Web: www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni September 2010 to coincide with the opening of Replacement Certificates/Transcripts: the new Student Central – you may have known www.bradford.ac.uk/hub/Transcriptand this as the ‘Commie’. Your invitation is on page 3 CertificateRequests/ and we hope to see you there. Tel: + 44 (0) 1274 232233 June Kronbachs, Alumni Relations Manager 1
  • 4. SUPPORTINGBRADFORD Braduate Fund success W e are delighted to report that the University’s first alumni fundraising campaign has raised more than £70,000! A month-long telethon was held to raise money for The Braduate Fund, created to help improve the student experience and support services, provides scholarships and strengthens hardship funds. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have raised so much, this money will make a real difference to students. A huge thank you to all our alumni who gave so generously.” New web pages We are presently recruiting a committee to We’ve had some wonderful feedback about assess applications for funding to ensure your our new web pages. Here you can find how to donations provide the greatest opportunities pledge a gift, hear from a current student about to students in line with your wishes. In future how a scholarship has changed their life, or get newsletters we will report on how your in touch with the Development Office. If you’ve generosity has made a real difference. not yet visited www.bradford.ac.uk/giving-to- bradford, take a look and let us know what you think! The gift of a lifetime Following requests from alumni, we will soon be launching a brand-new brochure explaining how you could make a very real difference to the University by leaving a gift in your will. Would you like to leave a scholarship in your name or that of a loved one? Or a gift to your old department? To receive a copy of the new brochure, or if you have made provision in Student callers, Akhtar Munir (above), a first-year student on the your will and would like to let us know, please BSc Information and Communications Technologies degree, and Judith Imholt (above right), a second-year Peace Studies call Carol Vickers on 01274 236493 or email BA student, chatting to alumni giving@bradford.ac.uk. University of Bradford Gifts Gifts are available throughout the year from Just Shop in the Atrium or from the Alumni and Development Office, Room D17, Richmond Building. To purchase items by post, download and complete the form from our website at www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-goods- and-gifts/ and send it with your cheque to the Alumni Office, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP If you would prefer . to pay by credit card please call the Finance Cashiers with your card details: +44 (0)1274 23 3137 or 3138 or 3123. 2 thebraduate www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni themagazineforalumniandfriendsofTheUniversityofBradford
  • 5. NEWSINGENERAL www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni Invitation Reunion 2010 Graduate 2010, 11am Saturday 11 September on campus. tes of all years to join us An invitation to gradua to free curry lunch, visits t Central and enjoy a Preview the new Studen , exhibitions, displays and talks. rs of the campus academic Schools, tou involved. see how you can get ’ Association AGM and Attend the Graduates g n as possible by emailin ister your interest as soo Places are limited so please reg uk reunion@bradford.ac. ni w.bradford.ac.uk/alum e will be available at ww Furthe r details and programm from July onwards Vision of Student Central Student Central T he Communal Building facilities are being completely refurbished and extended to create an attractive, modern and interactive space which includes the introduction of a new glazed roof over the central courtyard to create an additional 1000m² of internal space and a glazed link to the J B Priestley Library building. The new building has been renamed Student Central, which was chosen by current students. Come along to the reunion on 11 September, which will be based in Student Central, and take a look for yourself. You can also join a tour and see how much the campus has changed, and is continuing to do so as the University’s £84 million investment programme progresses. 3
  • 6. NEWSANDRESEARCHINBRIEF School of Computing, School of Life Sciences Informatics and Media England’s Chief Graduate Network Pharmaceutical Officer Graduates from the School of Computing, Informatics and opens £1m clinical suite C Media at the University of Bradford can join our Graduates Network. hief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge, Joining our Graduates Network is free and will allow you officially opened a £1m state- to access exclusive job adverts, keep in contact with of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite at the fellow graduates, promote your business, share industry University in January. experience and give you the opportunity to develop professional skills such as coaching and mentoring. The suite is part of the Bradford School of Pharmacy at the University and is a To register please visit http://graduates.scim.brad.ac.uk/ modern, up-to-the-minute facility that where you can also find news from the School and how you allows students to contextualise their may be able to receive 10% discount on postgraduate study. learning in different clinical settings. School of Health Studies School of Engineering, Design and Technology Improving People’s Lives through Research, Knowledge Transfer £1 million project set and Educational Innovation to move frontiers of testing O ver 70 delegates from NHS trusts and health A organisations, local authorities and universities £1 million project launched across the region, as well as service users, at the University of Bradford attended the School of Health Studies Research and in May 2010 will develop Knowledge Transfer Showcase at the University on 22nd next generation test methods for June. turbochargers, a key component for reducing emissions from engines This second annual event demonstrated the breadth and depth worldwide. of the School’s research and knowledge transfer activities, educational innovation and external partnership collaborations. The Advanced Turbocharger Technology Engineering Project is The event was opened by Dean of School, Shirley Congdon, the latest world-leading development and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary. in turbocharger technology by Huddersfield-based Cummins Turbo Henrietta Spalding, Head of Policy and Practice from UK Technologies, technology leaders for charity Changing Faces, gave an enlightening keynote some of the world’s best-known engine presentation on the holistic rehabilitation challenges for manufacturers. people with disfigurement. Henrietta also explored how healthcare professionals should integrate some of the charity’s Working in partnership with the School interventions into their daily practice. of Engineering, Design and Technology at the University, Cummins Turbo Colleagues from across the School presented on recent Technologies have successfully secured research successes including the involvement of service users joint funding with Yorkshire Forward, in healthcare teaching and research and the impact of equality demonstrating the regional development and diversity in healthcare. agency’s commitment to securing engineering excellence in the region. 4 thebraduate www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni themagazineforalumniandfriendsofTheUniversityofBradford
  • 7. NEWSANDRESEARCHINBRIEF www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni School of Life Sciences Merry-Go-Green Dynamo: Making Physical Exercise Fun to Tackle Obesity D r Sam Wong, a lecturer in the Division transformation which converts kinetic energy of Archaeological, Geographical and into electrical power. By highlighting the energy Environmental Sciences, working modification from one form to another (e.g. food, with Sheffield and Warwick Universities, has roundabout, heat and electricity), we can tie this obtained £15k from the National Endowment into the National Curriculum and assist teachers for Science, Technology and the Arts to build to design updated and interactive teaching an innovative roundabout on a primary school materials about energy transformation.” playground in a deprived area of Bradford. The schoolchildren will be involved in choosing the design of the roundabout, which will be built in transparent material in order to see how the mechanics work. An electronic read-out will be constructed at the school to let the children know how much green energy they help produce every day. Dr Wong said: “When young children play, the central bar of the roundabout will also be illuminated. It visualises the concept of energy School of Management Ins and Outs Dean retires this summer Bradford graduate appointed Professor Arthur Francis retires as new Dean in August after 12 successful The School of Management years as Dean of the School has appointed Bradford of Management. Under his languages graduate Dr Sarah direction, the School has Dixon as its new Dean. A former doubled the amount of quality environment with government international strategist from research income and expanded funding cuts and international Shell and currently head of MSc the provision for the distance competition. My intention is to programmes at the University of learning MBA across the globe. encourage innovation across Bath, Sarah will join the School all areas of activity and increase Professor Francis said: “I’ve in September 2010 when our co-operation with business, worked in three other universities Professor Arthur Francis retires. public and third sector and what I’ve loved about Dr Dixon said: “I am excited organisations. In the jargon of a Bradford is the warmth of the to be joining this top-ranking business strategist, I am keen to relationship between staff and business school with its secure sustainable competitive students. It’s a really friendly established reputation of advantage for the School.” environment and I’ve made excellence. many friends, and many rich A linguist, Sarah achieved her relationships, and I shall miss “We are operating in an BA in Russian and German at those greatly when I leave.” increasingly challenging Bradford. Stop Press! Last week the MBA and selected MSc programmes were fully accredited by AMBA until 2015 5
  • 8. PROFILE LawrenceTomlinson MechanicalEngineering Lawrence with the electric car he designed 6 thebraduate www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni themagazineforalumniandfriendsofTheUniversityofBradford
  • 9. FEATUREPROFILE www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni Fast track to success U niversity of Bradford graduate, “One morning I made a call to a bank trying to Lawrence Tomlinson, is a Yorkshire- get a loan. I asked for £526,000 to set up my based entrepreneur with an estimated own business. I was only 23 and I’d no idea how wealth of £400m. I was going to pay it back. Thankfully it was a success.” He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1987 in Mechanical Engineering. He said: “The Lawrence is the sole founder and Chairman of course was hard work. After the first six months LNT Group, which includes LNT Construction, I was quite conscious that I didn’t know all I GLP Taylors, Haigh Mechanical and Electrical, needed to know. I don’t think I even knew what CoolBlue Software, Ideal Care Homes, Basic thermodynamics was! I didn’t pass all my exams Solutions, LNT Aviation, Ginetta Cars, and the in my first year and had to re-sit, but it made me Repton-based Zytek Engineering, in which he realise that I had to knuckle down and do some has an equal stake. more work, having really enjoyed student life for six months. Motor sport is his first love, and he fulfilled a lifetime ambition in 2006 when he and two co- “I was sponsored by Wellman Bibby, an drivers won first place in the GT2 class of the engineering company who had paid for me to Le Mans 24-hour race. He has also developed come for four years, so I had to work hard. But an electric car, which took six months to build the social life was great. I saw some great bands and travels 200 miles before needing to be performing at the Students’ Union.” recharged. Whilst studying, Lawrence lived in a house off “I looked at the figures about electric cars and Great Horton Road, which he shared with a didn’t believe that it wasn’t possible or wasn’t friend for about £8 a week. “The door didn’t even financially viable. So I built it (pictured). It’s great shut, never mind lock! It was awful in winter, the and I use it by charging it on my windmill at home.” door would blow open and it would be snowing in the house! Spending money on heating was Lawrence can’t be too sure what it is that got not a priority. We once put the heating on whilst him where he is today. He’d always enjoyed we went out and when we came back all the software, but was encouraged to take an wallpaper had peeled off the walls!” engineering degree. “Who knows what I’d have become if I’d not taken that path. I think After University, he completed graduate Engineering is a fantastic degree and really sets training at Holset Engineering, and worked in you up. My course included software as well so the prototype department. Soon after, he was it was quite broad.” running a care home business and used his engineering and software programming skills to With so many successful businesses under his make managing the business easier. belt, we’re sure there are many more exciting things to come from Lawrence. 7
  • 10. ALUMNIPROFILES for the BBC news trainee When we asked how relevant his PROFILE scheme. Work followed at BBC degree was to his job and what CliveLewis Leeds, Look North and BBC university had taught him that BSc Social and Economic Studies Midlands Today. He then joined helps now, Clive said: “So often BBC East where he is presently a a story that you’re doing has an Senior Broadcast Journalist. economic angle, so it helps to know something about macro Clive is very hands on, and micro economics, so you researching and filming the are not completely baffled by stories, editing, presenting economic jargon because it can live or pre-recorded bulletins. be quite scary. Doing the degree “The more skills you have, the did help, because politics also Clive with some young friends in better,” he comments. “The has an economic slant. Afghanistan people coming out of college C live Lewis graduated in and university now are taught “It’s also the life experience July 1993 with a BSc in everything, the works.” you get at university, making Social and Economic new friends, becoming an Studies after studying politics This hands-on approach also adult in your own right, it’s an and history in his first year. He applies in his personal life, excellent initiation for young was President of the Bradford Clive joined the Territorial Army people to strive for bigger and Students’ Union in 1993 and and became one of the oldest better things. I loved Bradford, I subsequently elected as Vice- (34) officer cadets to pass out loved being in Bradford, I loved President of the NUS. at Sandhurst in 2006. In the the whole ambience. It was a summer of 2009 he took six nexus - the point at which my life Following postgraduate study months off from the BBC to serve changed and branched out into in newspaper journalism, Clive a frontline tour of Afghanistan as possibilities and opportunities I worked for newspapers for about an officer in charge of a regular could never have imagined.” 18 months, until he was selected army combat camera team. Olanike said, about her time at Bradford: “The PROFILE quality education (including extra-curricular) OlanikeAdebayo and skills gained from the University immensely BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science prepared me for my career path and my progression in the field.” After university, Olanike enrolled on a creative writing course while pursuing her career as a biomedical scientist and she has just been published. The book, entitled The Real Deal: The Journey of an International Student in the UK, highlights the many challenges that international students experience and how to overcome them. Online reviews of the book Left to right: Prof Jo Neill; Olanike; The Nigerian High Commissioner; Prof Kay Marshall; and Mrs Folasade Ogunro have been excellent, showing 5* ratings. A fter graduating in 2005, Olanike The Real Deal was launched on the 21st trained as a biomedical scientist at May 2010 at the Nigeria High Commission in the University of Cambridge NHS London which was hosted by HE Dr Dalhatu Foundation Trust, Cambridge, before moving Sarki Tafida, OFR, The Honourable High to the South Manchester University NHS Trust Commissioner of Nigeria to the UK and the and taking further specialist qualifications. Court of St James’s. Representatives from the Presently Olanike is a Specialist Biomedical University included Professor Kay Marshall, Scientist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Head of Pharmacy and Professor Jo Neill. 8 thebraduate www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni themagazineforalumniandfriendsofTheUniversityofBradford
  • 11. NEWSINGENERAL www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni Brunei Kuala Lumpur Singapore Far Eastern Reunions M ore than 200 graduates attended the British Council in each country, Ministries reunion events in Brunei, Kuala of Education and colleagues from partner Lumpur and Singapore during institutions. The guests joined graduates and November 2009. Vice-Chancellor, Professor staff at the events, which included presentations Mark Cleary, hosted the three events on the progress of the University by the Vice- supported by the Deans and members of staff Chancellor, followed by a buffet dinner. from the Schools of Engineering, Design and Technology, Life Sciences and Management. Photographs from all three events are on the alumni website at www.bradford.ac.uk/alumni/ Special guests included the British High international-alumni/events-and-reunions/ Commissioner of Brunei, representatives from University services to business We know that many of the University of Bradford’s graduates have become successful business people. We would really like the opportunity to work with you again and support you to build on your business success. We can help you, your employees, and your business develop. For more information contact the Regional Business Partnerships Centre: Tel: +44 (0)1274 236000 Email: rkts@bradford.ac.uk Website: www.bradford.ac.uk/gateway Graduate Success Profile development, it was a great experience and I Bradford graduate Jun Sheng Chan, who would highly recommend it to fresh graduates.” achieved a first class BEng (Hons) in Industrial Jun is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Engineering, completed a University of Bradford Diploma in Engineering. This, coupled with the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with experience gained from Surgical Innovations, will Surgical Innovations Group plc in 2009. The help him acquire Chartership of the Institution of project was to develop knowledge-based Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to increase his systems to comply with both European and career options for the future. US regulatory frameworks, including risk management procedures. Mike White, Technical Director for Surgical Innovations, said: “The KTP helped us to progress our Product Development process to deliver new CE-marked devices in the shortest possible timescales.” Surgical Innovations were so impressed with Jun, that he was offered a position as Production Engineer with the Group. Jun said: “The KTP has acted as a springboard into my career and personal 9
  • 12. University of Bradford Graduates’ Association Annual General Meeting – Saturday 11 September 2010 Make a difference On graduation, you automatically become a member skills. You will need to devote a day per year to of the Graduates’ Association for life! attend or virtually attend a meeting with your fellow committee members, commit to reading papers It’s easy to think ‘So what?’ but did you know this sent in advance and perhaps one more day to follow gives you a voice on the governing and decision- through on some agreed actions. making bodies of the University forever? The Graduates’ Association Committee is elected by The Annual General Meeting is taking place on the association members (you) and represents your Saturday 11 September 2010 to coincide with views on the University’s Court and Council. the Alumni reunion. This is where nominees and volunteers will be voted into office. So if you don’t feel The association aspires to represent all the diverse like getting completely immersed in the committee groups within our student body and with Skype this year you can still come along and exercise your and Elluminate (virtual conferencing software) now vote to get the right people appointed. We hope both very much a reality, there is no reason why this though that many of you will think ‘Why Not?’ After cannot now include people from long distances all, Higher Education is facing some of the greatest away, as well as people who can get to Bradford challenges it has faced for many years and the voice more easily. of our graduates should be helping to form the future success of the University of Bradford. We need you now to build a strong graduate association committee to influence how the If you are interested in being nominated as one University goes forward and provides important of the above officers, just send us an email with networking support for alumni career development details of the post you are interested in and provide and social reunions. 100 words that we can put to voting members to support your suitability for that post. Email the Chair All Executive Committee Officer posts are due to of the Graduates’ Association (Jawahar Dhutia – expire this year, including Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Mathematical Sciences 1979) at j.dhutia@bradford. Secretary and a number of expert co-optees. The ac.uk or jmkdhutia@aol.com and cc the Alumni association needs graduates who think they can Office at alumni@bradford.ac.uk. Or you can offer something - a viewpoint, some wisdom, phone Jawahar for an informal chat about it first on some experience of committee operation, some tel: 07999 481266 or 07957 348551 (mobiles). communications expertise or perhaps some online The University holds personal data of its graduates which has been imported from the student records database into the alumni database. Information is added to the records of alumni as their relationships with the University progress. Personal data is used primarily for communication between the University and its alumni but may also be used for marketing, promotional and fundraising purposes. All information held by the Alumni and Development Office is held securely and will remain confidential to the University in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Data will not be disclosed to any external bodies, other than those acting as agents for the University of Bradford for alumni matters and related projects. You have the right to object to the use of your data for any of the above purposes. For further information regarding your details and data protection at the University of Bradford, please write to: The Data Controller, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford BD7 1DP . We can arrange for this material to be transcribed into an accessible format such as Braille, large print, E-text (compatible with screen-reading software) or digital audio such as CD. Please contact the Alumni Office. Tel: 01274 233086 The University of Bradford – Confronting Inequality: Celebrating Diversity™ The University of Bradford is committed to promoting equality, diversity and an inclusive and supportive environment for students, staff and others closely associated with the University in conformity with the provisions of its Charter. made from recycled paper