Alumni

We are the foundation of our students’ career

Making sure our students progress onto a long and successful career is what we are here to do. Our aim is to set our students on the right career path from their very first day with us and we are still here to support them after they graduate. Our graduates join an alumni community of over 176,000 in over 153 countries.

Many of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers with major companies both here in the UK and internationally. The achievements of our alumni is testament to our school’s commitment to ensuring our students have the right skills, qualifications and contacts to succeed.

“The tutors on the course were fantastic and a lot of the teaching was practical, as well as classroom based. The opportunities to go out on site visits were great in making the learning more interactive and connected to the reality of working in this area. My course played a big part in my getting my first role in an architectural practice in my first year.”

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology 

Chelsea Holgate - Architectual Technologist, Citu

“There are a lot of opportunities for employment and placements available to students through the university’s connections, one of my lecturers actually referred me and recommended me for the role I am in now.”

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying 

Martin Kendall - Quantity Surveyor, Oakstone Developments Ltd

“I did my degree part time and there have been so many aspects that I have been able to relate directly to my role. It’s meant that I have been able to understand the concepts but also to put what I’m learning into practice.”

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Marie-Claire Spicer - ICE Trainee Engineer, Leeds City Council

James Rawlings

"Working and studying at the same time has worked really well for me - I've been able to apply each of my modules to what I do on a day-to-day basis. My course has strengthened my knowledge of the electrical industry and allowed me to start formulating ideas for my own website."

MSc Advanced Engineering Management

James Rawlings, Product Design Engineer GR Electricals

Leeds Beckett Alumni Matthew Morton

“My course provided me with strong foundations to build an exciting career in construction. Seven years later, I am still working at the company that gave me that placement, having qualified as an MRICS Chartered Building Surveyor two years after graduating.”

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Matthew Morten - Senior Building Surveyor, Bruntwood


Leeds Beckett Alumni Maria Dychala

“After successfully completing my undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett, staying on to study a masters seemed a natural choice. I’m now confidently moving forward in my career and plan on becoming a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute after I graduate”

BA (Hons) Human Geography & Planning and MA Town & Regional Planning

Maria Dychala - Graduate Planner, Peacock & Smith

Tom Atherton

"The content of my course was always interesting and kept my attention during my three years studying. I use what I learned at university every day - that could be the notes I’ve made whilst studying or the use of programs like XRY, FTK Imager and EnCase. During my second year, we did a group project for forensics where we collected evidence and presented it to a court. This was one of the best experiences I had at university."

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics & Security

Tom Atherton, Digital forensic analyst for South Yorkshire Police


Adil Ali

"Building a website as part of a group project gave me the confidence and experience in my current job to build a new e-commerce site from scratch in six months. My employers were so impressed with my skills that I’m now responsible for all areas of the website, including photographing products, SEO and online marketing"

BSc (Hons) Computing

Adil Ali - Webmaster, Mudfords Ltd

Leeds Beckett Alumni Fraser Dann

"My masters course had a good range of modules, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of planning and it also helped me to develop an interest in the development of Leeds and the local area. At the beginning of my course, I realised I needed some practical work experience so I started working at Rochdale Council as a graduate planner. Studying alongside working in a practical planning role helped me to develop a more holistic understanding of the planning process."

BA (Hons) Human Geography & Planning and MA Town & Regional Planning

Fraser Dann - Planner, Indigo Planning

Edafe Onerhime

"I was working in database management and looking for a course that taught business analysis. The practical focus of my course made Leeds Beckett the obvious choice, and my new skills have really enriched my career. I now work in a fast moving and exciting industry, disseminating information to the right people at the right time to help them make better business decisions."

MSc Business Intelligence (SAS)

Edafe Onerhime, Analyst Open Data Services Co-Operative


Leeds Beckett Alumni Maxwell Muteliso

"As a disabled person, I wanted to be the voice of disabled people in shaping the inclusive built environment. My course taught me about the creation of sustainable communities, and creating inclusive places for people to live, spend time and find jobs. My greatest achievement as a result of my travels and independent research is publishing a book called Headfirst Thrills on Wheels."

MA Town & Regional Planning

Maxwell Muteliso - Accessibility & Disability Inclusion Independent Researcher


Leeds Beckett Alumni Heidi Janaszek

"I enjoyed the diversity of subjects which I covered through Human Geography. The lecturers had a range of skills and interests, so I learnt a lot from each of them in their respective areas. University taught me that the most productive groups include a diverse mix of people, and that the best results come from working with others. Learning to see the bigger picture in this way helps me to see the strategic direction of my work on a daily basis."

BA (Hons) Human Geography

Heidi Janaszek - Project Manager with HMRC, Civil Service Fast Stream (Project Delivery Scheme)


Leeds Beckett Alumni Chris Haley

"The vocational content of my course simulated a real business environment and enabled me to refine my practice before I graduated. My course gave me a really solid grounding in the key competencies and expertise that I'm now employing on a day-to-day basis in the workplace."

Chris Haley - Graduate Scheme at Turner and Townsend

BSc (Hons) Project Management

Nasar Adnan Award ceremony

“The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course helped me gain an understanding of engineering and gave me a good foundation to work on through the early stages of my career as an Engineer.”

“I currently have a role where I am the project designer and project leader. I work on maintaining Yorkshire Water Reservoirs to ensure they meet the current asset standards set by the Reservoir Safety Act 1975.”

Nasar Adam - Graduate Civil Engineer, JN Bentley Ltd

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Dark haired lady in blouse sat at desk

Kathryn was the first woman to complete our Quantity Surveying course. After beginning her career path at Leeds Polytechnic, graduating in 1974, Kathryn has recently won the Lifetime Achievement in Construction category at the 2017 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

Kathryn Ladley - Senior Consultant, JN Bentley Ltd

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, 1974

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