Sharing things

Sharing things

It’s about people, their stories and our university community.

Ned Barnett

Ned Barnett quit his nine-to-five job to pursue comics. Here, the 2012 Design and Digital Media graduate reveals how he uses artefacts and archives to bring authenticity to his graphic projects, including a biography of TE Lawrence. Degree: MSc Design and Digital Media, 2012 Current treasured object: An amigurumi stuffed fox named Sherston I commissioned […]

Kezia Sheard

From Italian Scots in Edinburgh to young goths in the North of England, real people are at the heart of Kezia Sheard’s storytelling. Fresh from winning Best Documentary at the Scottish Short Film Festival, the 2019 Italian graduate and freelance filmmaker ponders the roots of her craft and her current sense of creative urgency. Degree: […]

Francesca Sobande

In Black History Month, researcher and lecturer Dr Francesca Sobande introduces us to her research into the digital experiences of creative black women in the UK, and how their efforts in online community-building and content creation are often cynically commodified. Degree: Sociology and Politics, 2013 Current treasured object: Nintendo Switch Song of the moment: ‘Skylines […]

Painter and researcher Georgia Rose Murray reflects on creating deep connections to landscapes through her artwork, whether inspired by the extreme wilderness of the Arctic or lockdown in the Scottish Highlands. Degree: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Contemporary Art Practice, 2013 Current treasured object: My bikini. I start each day by running through the […]

Michael Kozicki

Electrical engineering graduate Michael Kozicki is an award-winning professor at Arizona State University. He tells us how the closure of its campus during the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted him to take on research at home that’s making a difference in local hospitals. Degree: Electrical Engineering (BSc 1980, PhD 1985) Current treasured object: My Yamaha CGX102 […]

Consultant surgeon Dr Leo Cheng was in Senegal serving with an international surgical care charity when news of the coronavirus started to circulate. Now that the peak of the pandemic appears to have passed in the UK, he reflects on the experience and whether it has changed his outlook on life. Degree: BDS Dentistry, 1985 […]

Gaye Manwaring

Poetry is a way for Gaye Manwaring to express ideas and emotions. Here, the recently retired lecturer shares her response to the Covid-19 pandemic written early on in lockdown. Degree: PhD in Biochemical Genetics, 1973 Current treasured object: My father’s letters. He was a pilot in World War Two and after he died a couple […]

Will wearing a face shield

Spending time in a rural village in Tanzania helped recent graduate Will (MA Economics 2019) appreciate the benefits of his UK lifestyle, even in lockdown, so when the Covid-19 pandemic started to cause widespread devastation, he felt spurred on to do something to help, navigating some new skills and challenges along the way.   Degree: […]

Emma in Amman, Jordan

Finishing university can be a daunting period of flux in itself, never mind the uncertainty brought on by a global pandemic. While this isn’t the graduating summer that Emma Penney (Arabic and French 2020) imagined, she’s found something oddly reassuring about contemplating her next steps anew. Degree: MA Arabic and French Current treasured object: My […]

Louise at her sewing machine

Louise Nicholson (MA 1976) has been in solo isolation since 18 March. Amidst the collapse and rethink of her freelance career, she lent her sewing skills to a common purpose, discovering community spirit and her own resilience in the process. Degree: MA History of Art, 1976 Current treasured object: My little walled garden just off […]

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