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Alumni – been there, done that...

Oct

08

 

Welcome to the alumni network’s blog. I’m hoping to use this to keep you up to date with what we’re doing for you in the alumni office and what our alumni (ex Sussex students) are doing now. Did you know that Ian McEwan, author of Atonement, and Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl are both Sussex alumni? Not to mention BBC presenter Dermot Murnaghan, comedian Bob Mortimer and fashion director Tanya Sarne, founder of the label Ghost. We’ve got some really inspiring alumni and this year we want to include them more than ever in the Sussex community and campus activities.

 

This week, I arranged a talk with Dan Higgins, USSU comms officer, with two alumni working in the media; Peter Robinson, editor of www.popjustice.com and writer for NME and the Guardian, and Richard Innes, features editor of Zoo magazine. They outlined their careers so far to a room packed with students keen to learn what working in the media is ‘really’ like. We weren’t disappointed, discovering that good contacts and work experience are vital to a journalist, while, surprisingly, decent writing skills are only optional!

 

Building on this, the alumni network is organising Alumni Careers Week later this term (10-14 November), where you’ll get the chance to meet recent graduates and established alumni working in the media, as well as in business and law. We’re also putting on a talk with alumna (that’s a female graduate to you and me) and Channel 4 Secret Millionaire Gill Fielding and we're sponsoring a gig in the Cube with alumni bands Two Spot Gobi and The Fox Cubs.

 

Leaving uni seems like ages away, but we’re here to help you make the most of the fantastic Sussex network while you’re here and keep you in touch with your friends and classmates when you leave. After all, as Peter and Richard would tell you, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know…

 

Nicola

Alumni Officer

 

www.sussex.ac.uk/alumni