January 2021

Read the stories for our January 2021 Graduates in the Spotlight.

Judith Bell: Engineer

Judith Bell: Engineer

MEN Electronic Engineering, Jordanstown

Ulster grad and electronic engineer at Yelo, Judith Bell advises women in STEM to ‘go for it’.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Judith Bell: Engineer in News Letter

Austin Burns: IT

Austin Burns: IT

MSc Marketing, Jordanstown

UU graduate Austen Burns matches people with disabilities to professional carers through his online service.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Austin Burns: IT in Belfast Telegraph

Joe Clifford: Manager

Joe Clifford: Manager

BSc Hons Health Physiology, Jordanstown

Alumnus of Ulster University Joe Clifford is playing a leading role as Covid Reporting Manager at Randox.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Joe Clifford: Manager in Belfast Media

Mark Crabbe: Architect Technician

Mark Crabbe: Architect Technician

BSc Hons Architectural Technology and Management, Jordanstown

Interview with Ulster University graduate Mark Crabbe on his journey to Australia.

Located in: Australia

Source: Read about Mark Crabbe: Architect Technician in Ulster University

Trevor Ferguson: Fire and Rescue

Trevor Ferguson: Fire and Rescue

MSc Innovation Management in the Public, Magee

Chief Fire Officer and UU alumnus originally from Derry, Trevor Ferguson was recognised in New Year Honours list (QFSM)

Located in: England

Source: Read about Trevor Ferguson: Fire and Rescue in The Irish News

John Keers: Barrister and Mediator

John Keers: Barrister and Mediator

LLM Human Rights Law and LLB Law with Government, Jordanstown

UU graduate and staff member John Keers appointed to the NI Judicial Digitisation Steering Group.


Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about John Keers: Barrister and Mediator in Ulster University

Jane McCarter O’Dowd: Irish/American networks

Jane McCarter O’Dowd: Irish/American networks

BA Hons Drama with Psychology, Magee

UU Drama graduate Jane McCarter O’Dowd was awarded Woman of the Year by the New York Irish Centre.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Jane McCarter O’Dowd: Irish/American networks in The Irish Echo

Nicola McCarthy: Television Presenter

Nicola McCarthy: Television Presenter

MA Journalism, Coleraine

Sports presenter and alumna Nicola McCarthy, used to mixing with Premier League stars now back to working for BBC NI

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Nicola McCarthy: Television Presenter in Belfast Telegraph

Robert McConnell: Entrepreneur

Robert McConnell: Entrepreneur

MSc International Business, Magee and BENGHDIS, Engineering Management, Jordanstown

Firm run by UU grads Robert McConnell and Dr Scott King provides solution to Brexit despair for non-compliant transporters.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Robert McConnell: Entrepreneur in News Letter

Professor Sir Gerry McCormac: Higher Education (Vice-Chancellor)

Professor Sir Gerry McCormac: Higher Education (Vice-Chancellor)

DPhil Physics, Coleraine

University of Stirling Vice Chancellor and Ulster graduate Professor Gerry McCormac receives Knighthood.

Located in: Scotland

Source: Read about Professor Sir Gerry McCormac: Higher Education (Vice-Chancellor) in University of Stirling

Gail McCourt: Management expert

Gail McCourt: Management expert

MA and PGD Applied Languages and Business, and BA Hons Applied Languages

RBC Wealth Management promotes Ulster alumna Gail McCourt to run private client fiduciary teams in Jersey and Guernsey.

Located in:  Jersey

Source: Read about Gail McCourt: Management expert in WealthBriefing

Catherine McLaughlin: Marketing

Catherine McLaughlin: Marketing

BSc Hons Marketing, Jordanstown

High Flyers: Marketing Manager Blk Box, Belfast and alumna of UU Catherine McLaughlin.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Catherine McLaughlin: Marketing in The Irish News

Emma Meehan: Business leader

Emma Meehan: Business leader

MA Marketing, Jordanstown

Leaders in Business: UU graduate Emma Meehan of Down Royal Racecourse.

Located in:  Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Emma Meehan: Business leader in Ulster Business

Kevin Nowlan: Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Nowlan: Chief Executive Officer

MBA and BSc Hons Estate Management with DIS, Jordanstown

The Urban Land Institute Ireland appoints graduate of UU and CEO of Hibernia REIT, Kevin Nowlan as Chair.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Kevin Nowlan: Chief Executive Officer in propertyfundsworld.com

Eileen Quinn: Digital Marketing

Eileen Quinn: Digital Marketing

BSc Hons Marketing, Jordanstown

My Graduate Life: UU alumna Eileen Quinn

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Eileen Quinn: Digital Marketing in Ulster University

Jack Warnock: Musician

Jack Warnock: Musician

BA Hons Irish with Music, Magee

Ulster graduate Jack Warnock awarded the BBC Northern Ireland & Arts Council of Northern Ireland Young Musicians’ Platform Award.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Jack Warnock: Musician in Mid-Ulster Mail

Ashleen Williams: Higher Education Leader

Ashleen Williams: Higher Education Leader

MSc Applied Peace and Conflict Studies, Magee

UU grad and Doctoral student at University of Mississippi receives prominent future leaders award.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Ashleen Williams: Higher Education Leader in University of Mississippi

Hannah Xu: Entrepreneur

Hannah Xu: Entrepreneur

BSc Hons Accounting, Jordanstown

Hannah Xu – Founder of 360 Kick 4 Mental Health on how she set up two successful businesses.

Located in: England

Source: Read about Hannah Xu: Entrepreneur in Ulster University