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Our alumni

Achieving a qualification with us here at Health Sciences only has to be the beginning of our relationship with you. That is because you can stay in touch with us through our alumni association.

The University of Southampton's alumni community has some 183,000 members, spanning an incredible 173 countries. By becoming a member you will be able stay in contact with academics and fellow graduates through our alumni newsletters and magazines. You will also get the benefit of various services and events as well.

We are always keen to find out how you are getting along in your life after university, and just as keen to let you know about developments here too. Wherever you go and whatever you do you will always be a Health Sciences graduate. What's more, the University of Southampton is a better place for you having been here. Our alumni association represents an excellent networking tool for you throughout your career. You can discover more about how to stay connected with us by following the links below.

Keep in touch

Find out how you can stay connected with the University and take advantage of being a member of the Alumni community.

Forthcoming events

Whether on campus or somewhere across the globe, we look forward to seeing you soon. Find out what is happening on our forthcoming events page.

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I knew wanted to pursue a professional career activity that would allow me to progress and change over time, but also one that had the flexibility to allow me to work anywhere in the world.

Didier A. Dequatre - BSc Physiotherapy, 2016
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As your career develops in nursing, you often have opportunities to specialise in education or management. I liked being on the wards but am pleased I went down the education pathway

Sue Bernhauser - 1974
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As a Russell group University, Southampton highlighted the importance of research and research skills, which, within healthcare, is at the forefront of why we make decisions and what we do clinically.

Ben Blake - BSc Podiatry
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A highlight was being able to organise a 3 week elective placement. I went to Pokhara in Nepal, where I worked in a private hospital on the Obstetrics and Gynaecology ward, as well as visiting a world-famous leprosy and rehabilitation hospital.

Lara Bland - BSc Midwifery
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The highlight of my time in academia has been the publication of my work and winning awards, along with being able to bring theory back into practise to help shape a better future for patients and the NHS alike.

Emma Boger - PhD
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The Pulmonology module of my course completely transformed my practice and my approach to my patients.

Dr Olufunke Bolaji - MSc Neonatology
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I’m really happy here. The University has great links with Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital which is an outstanding hospital to learn in and students are warmly welcomed into the team.

Lucy Boustred - Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons), 2014
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I have already studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Practice at the University of Southampton and as such, I am familiar with the University and know first-hand it has a good reputation.

Dawn Brenchley - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN),
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I am indeed very proud of what I have achieved and most grateful for the support I received from my tutors, lecturers, colleagues and the school as a whole. Without this support my dream of becoming a Registered Mental Health Nurse would have been unlikely, if not impossible.

Rita Buah-Mensah - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health)
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I always felt that the University of Southampton was a very innovative place to study; staff are very approachable and friendly and I always felt that we were ‘peers’.

Jennifer Butler - MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
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The PG Diploma in Adult Nursing provided me not only with nursing skills and knowledge but also foundational skills as a health professional. These continue to be critical to my current work.

Helen Catton - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Nursing - Adult, 2005
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The prestige of being at Southampton has definitely helped open doors. Not only does the University offer a flexible approach but it’s also home to some of the UK’s leading experts.

Dr Lindsey S. Cherry (nee Hooper) -
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The University of Southampton has a high expectation of its students and it is this, as well as personal ambition, which drives you on to become the best you can be.

Paul Clarkson - BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 2013
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The varied placements enabled a good insight into the different teams and the importance of collaboration, multi-disciplinary working and communication to deliver holistic care to the highest quality.

Fiona Cleary - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health)
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I chose to study at the University of Southampton because it offered a dual-programme which opens up a hundred specialities, spearheads you for jobs in the acute sector and gives the NHS a more flexible workforce.

Alex Collyer - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Adult and Child), 2015
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By choosing to study Occupational Therapy at Southampton I had the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme with Lund University in Sweden.

Sam Douglas - BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2014
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While in Malawi I got to watch and assist in 11 births – two of the babies were named after me – and I gained loads of hands-on experience caring for patients in resource-restricted circumstances.

Katy Elliott - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Adult)
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I knew Southampton was one of the best Universities for nursing and that’s why I chose to come here. The experience of working in practice has allowed me to grow in confidence and helped me to communicate with lots of different types of people.

Elizabeth Fairman - Bachelor of Nursing, Adult Branch
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What was great about the programme was that I was able to exercise both the practical and the academic sides of my brain. I could use skills sessions and placements to get to grips with the day-to-day practice of nursing, while taking advantage of lectures and seminars to explore more theoretical aspects.

Dr Naomi Farrington - PGDip Adult Nursing
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I chose the University of Southampton for its high international rankings, the scholarship opportunity offered by the Faculty for exceptional applicants, and its proximity to London. I wasn’t disappointed!

Julio Guerrero Ontiveros - Masters in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
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My placements have been excellent and I've had amazingly helpful mentors. Working in practice has enabled me to develop my skills in every sense.

Christina Gutierrez - Bachelor of Nursing, Adult Branch
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Studying at Southampton definitely lived up to its reputation – particularly with the structure of the course and lecturer knowledge, but also with opportunities for learning such as the SIM lab for practicing ward skills before starting placement.

Elouise Haikney - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Nursing - Child
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The physiotherapy course is both very popular and prestigious so I feel extremely privileged to have been offered a place here. The Faculty of Health Sciences has excellent facilities as well as world-class academic researchers.

Shana Hall - BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 2013
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My best Southampton experience was being able to interact with other medical professionals from across continents.

Cecelia Henny-Harry - MSc (Neonatology)
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The PG Dip teaches you to develop gold standard care and excellent practical skills. I think the emphasis the course places on critical analysis and reflection are really important, allowing you to constantly question care and reflect back on your practice.

Robyn Horgan - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Nursing - Adult
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The Chevening Scholarship, sponsored by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, enabled me to study at one of the world’s best universities. Southampton has an impressive academic standing and global reputation for research and innovation, has a culture of encouraging students in critical thinking, and its academic programme motivates students to generate new ideas and support independent learning skills to increase their confidence – creating a good foundation for future leaders and decision makers. “It was a big challenge for me to return to education after more than 12 years, but, with determination, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, left my family and pursued my academic dream. I am proud of the academic excellence and the widened understanding of the UK healthcare system I have achieved during my time at Southampton.

Ukamaka Ifedi-Okonkwo - Msc. Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care 2019-2020; Chevening Scholar
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Choosing to study here has not only given me the opportunity to work with renowned researchers from the University but also collaborate with other advisors from Oxford.

Abdullah Sani Kamis - Mphil/PhD in Health Sciences
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Choosing Southampton was one of the best decisions I made. I’ve enjoyed every experience and I recommend prospective students to get involved academically and socially.

Precious Laosebikan - BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2015
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"My top highlights include receiving the David Wilson Award for best performance in Cardiac Physiology and being offered a job at the largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital in the UK. Another highlight has been working with different patients and developing as a Cardiac Physiologist on placement. Reflecting back to year one to where I am now, monitoring patients in the Cath Lab in a range of procedures, programming pacemakers and testing leads for implant."

Poppy Lloyd - BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)
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The course helps you develop not only your skills as a Nurse but your resilience and compassion for the practice. It’s hard to explain how much you learn and grow as a person, but it all stems from the experience you gain from practical placements.

Calum Lyon - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Child)
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This course has worked out well for me. I love learning about the anatomy of the body. There’s lots of patient contact too and plenty of opportunities to see what I’ll be doing after I qualify.

Susannah Malone - BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science, 2015
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Southampton was my first choice of University due to its Russell group status and the high level of teaching provided by world renowned lecturers in the field.

Louis Mamode - BSc (Hons) Podiatry
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The clinical placements while undertaking the SCPHN course were vital to me as they allowed me to apply theory to real-life situations. Practice teachers and mentors in placement supported the learning process and helped me develop my skills.

Gillian Mancz - MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Studies
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I love my job! It is an amazing feeling to help make a difference in someone’s life and to empower people to make decisions for themselves.

Diana McIlrath - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)
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Values based lectures, healthcare professionals and wonderful patients have transformed me over the years into a nurse who now feels confident and comfortable communicating with and advocating for all of my patients.

Laura McMahon - BN Nursing (Adult)
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My biggest highlight has been securing a job at the Barts Heart Centre when I qualified. Barts is a fantastic hospital and the largest cardiac centre in the UK so I have been able to learn a lot and experience so many new things that I had never even seen before. The high quality teaching and career preparation that was given by my tutors was a massive help in securing my job.

Sanjay Mistry - BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)
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I found clinical placements the most fundamental part of my undergraduate study. Each one of them allowed me to progress with my confidence, competence and passion for paediatric nursing and prepared me in becoming a Staff Nurse.

Ellen Neilson - BN Nursing (Child)
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Towards the end of my second rotation a job came up at Southampton Football Club as one of their Under 18s Physiotherapists. I was again fortunate enough to get the job following a tough interview process and now I am working my dream job.

Chris Onoufriou - BSc Physiotherapy, 2018
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Southampton is a great place to study; there is always loads going on and you can have a great social life as well as studying. From a health perspective, there are several health trusts within Southampton and Hampshire which gave me vast career options and possibilities of gaining experience whilst studying.

Llewana Perry - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)
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The opportunities my course provided me with have been amazing: from the Swedish student exchange, emerging role placements, talking to school pupils and to representing the University in The Guardian; everything has been geared towards helping me become the best occupational therapist I can be.

Lauren Phillips - BSc Occupational Therapy
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The course allowed me to meet fellow NHS professional staff from a variety of specialities and gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills in a new area of practice.

Donna Purcell - BSc (Hons) Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)
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A Skype interview led me from Southampton University directly to Ontario, Canada, where I worked in a private Podiatric practice for my first year as a newly qualified Podiatrist.

Helen Rees - BSc (Hons) Podiatry
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Before applying here I researched all the Universities in the South of England and Southampton came out as one of the best. Studying here has given me a different perspective on life. It’s been hard work and tough at times but I’ve met some great people and the staff were fantastic.

Emma Richards - Bachelor of Nursing, Adult Branch
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Paula trained as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) at the University of Southampton, then returned to complete her Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Studies and take a Master of Science degree in Nursing.

Paula Shobbrook - Master of Science degree in Nursing
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Choosing to study here has proven an excellent decision. I am confident that this university will enhance my resume and my employability.

Martin Simpson-Scott - BSc (Hons) Podiatry, 2014
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I recently had an essay published in the British Journal of Midwifery which I submitted for a third year module assessment. It really showed me just how far I have come from my first day in first year, and all the fantastic teaching I received during my three years at Southampton.

Jessica Smith - BSc (Hons) Midwifery
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I would have been completely unprepared for work without my invaluable clinical placements. I saw several different ways of doing things at different Trusts, Hospitals and Departments, which have all help to prepare me for life at the front line of Public Service.

Daniel Sollom - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Adult)
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"Winning the Cavell Trust Award was a huge highlight for me, as was finishing my course with a first. I also won a Dean's List Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2015 after achieving over 70% in all assignments, and I also won a further Dean's List Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2017 for achieving the highest academic performance in the year, which I was really proud of."

Cara Sturgess - BN (Hons) Nursing: Mental Health
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I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and now I’m working in the NHS I understand just how brilliantly it set me up for the future challenges ahead.

Alex Townsend - BSc Podiatry
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Southampton has the best reputation for nursing and really good connections with local hospitals.

George Tsuro - Bachelor of Nursing, Mental Health Branch
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I have gained technical knowledge through the course, in the recording systems used for cardiac investigations, including non-invasive tests such as resting ECGs, ambulatory monitors, exercise tolerance tests and more invasive procedures like angiograms and pacemaker implants.

Christina Vinothan - BSc Healthcare Science
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There were occasions when the course was really hard going but there has always been someone to help me through it and I’m so glad I chose to study here.

Greg Walters - Diploma in Nursing, adult branch
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I knew wanted to become a nurse, and the Adult Nursing degree forms a reliable pathway to progress into different areas within nursing.

Annette Welch - Bachelor of Nursing, adult branch
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Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise – Surangama Sutra

Dr Jackie Whittaker - PhD in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
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I knew I wanted to study a science-based degree but I also wanted patient contact – and this course was exactly what I was looking for. I’m really happy with my decision to study at Southampton.

Tom Wintle - BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science, 2015

Our alumni are among our most valuable stakeholders. Who better than former students, to most truthfully convey the quality and calibre of the education that the University of Southampton delivers and the enthusiasm for the Southampton student experience?

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