June 2021

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

Ciara Agnew: Artist

Ciara Agnew: Artist

BA Hons Fine and Applied Arts, Belfast

UU graduate and abstract artist Ciara Agnew on working during the Coronavirus crisis.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Ciara Agnew: Artist in independent.ie

Sam Anderson: Founder

Sam Anderson: Founder

BSc Hons Engineering, Jordanstown

Ulster graduate Sam Anderson, founder of IceMOS awarded NASA contract to develop novel power transistor.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Sam Anderson: Founder in Sync NI

Marissa Callaghan: Sport (Football)

Marissa Callaghan: Sport (Football)

AD Cert Performance Analysis and Coaching Practice, and FDSC Sports Coaching, Jordanstown

UU graduate and NI Team Captain Marissa Callaghan on qualifying for the Euros.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Marissa Callaghan: Sport (Football) in NI Connections

Shane Connolly: Florist

Shane Connolly: Florist

BSc Hons Psychology, Jordanstown

Belfast born florist and Ulster graduate Shane Connolly unveils first exhibition at London's Garden Museum.

Located in: England

Source: Read about Shane Connolly: Florist in Belfast Telelgraph

Colin Davidson: Artist

Colin Davidson: Artist

BA Hons Design, Belfast

Alumnus and world renowned artist Colin Davidson has been appointed Chancellor of Ulster University.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Colin Davidson: Artist in Ulster University

Columb Duffy: Senior Manager (IT)

Columb Duffy: Senior Manager (IT)

HND Computer Studies, Jordanstown

Graduate of UU Columb Duffy interviewed regarding his role at BelTech 2021.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Columb Duffy: Senior Manager (IT) in Sync NI

Cathal Friel: Founder and CEO

Cathal Friel: Founder and CEO

MBA, Jordanstown

Open Orphan spin out Poolbeg Pharma, founded by UU alumnus Cathal Friel, to list on stock exchange.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Cathal Friel: Founder and CEO in The Irish Times

Jenny Gregg: Entrepreneur

Jenny Gregg: Entrepreneur

BA Hons Product Design, Belfast

Alumna of UU Jenny Gregg wins regional round of Women in Business awards.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Jenny Gregg: Entrepreneur in Women in Business

Professor Derek Jackson: Researcher

Professor Derek Jackson: Researcher

DPhil and BSc Hons Environmental Science, Coleraine

Ulster University academic and graduate Professor Derek Jackson recognised as one of Ireland’s leading world-class researchers.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Professor Derek Jackson: Researcher in The Irish News

Andrew Jarvis: Entrepreneur

Andrew Jarvis: Entrepreneur

MSc Marketing, Jordanstown

Alumnus Andi Jarvis launches a remote Digital Marketing Strategy course in partnership with the University of Vaasa, Finland.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Andrew Jarvis: Entrepreneur in Sync NI

Stephen Kelly: CEO

Stephen Kelly: CEO

MSc Marketing Studies, Jordanstown

Alumnus Stephen Kelly appointed as Visiting Professor of Ulster University Business School.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Stephen Kelly: CEO in NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Darragh McArt: Entrepreneur

Darragh McArt: Entrepreneur

PhD Life and Health Sciences and MSc Bioinformatics, Coleraine

Sonrai Analytics, founded by Ulster graduate Dr Darragh McArt, wins award to deliver novel AI cancer screenings across NHS.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Darragh McArt: Entrepreneur in Sync NI

David McComiskey: Artist

David McComiskey: Artist

BA Hons Contemporary Applied Arts, Belfast

Alumnus of UU David McComiskey from Loaf Pottery on how he managed during the pandemic.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about David McComiskey: Artist in Belfast Live

Paul McDowell: Senior Vice-President

Paul McDowell: Senior Vice-President

BA Hons Accounting and Dip HE Accounting, Magee

Alumnus Paul McDowell talks about his investment in sports tech company Kairos.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Paul McDowell: Senior Vice-President in NI Connections

Tanya McGeehan: Property Investor

Tanya McGeehan: Property Investor

BA Hons Hospitality Management, Jordanstown

UU alumna and property investor Tanya McGeehan says property is in her DNA.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Tanya McGeehan: Property Investor in News Letter

John McGinley:  Managing Director

John McGinley: Managing Director

PhD Life and Health Sciences, MRes Master of Research and BSc Hons Biological Science, Coleraine

Letterkenny man and graduate of Ulster University John McGinley rises to Pfizer challenge.

Located in: Germany

Source: Read about John McGinley: Managing Director in Donegal News

Tina McKenzie: CEO

Tina McKenzie: CEO

BA Hons Philosophy, Coleraine

Alumna Tina McKenzie has been appointed Visiting Professor at Ulster University Business School.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Tina McKenzie: CEO in NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Gareth Quinn: Co-Founder & Entrepreneur

Gareth Quinn: Co-Founder & Entrepreneur

MBA Business Administration and BSc Hons Computing and Information Systems, Jordanstown

Interview with Ulster graduate Gareth Quinn and Co-founder Andrew Trimble of Kairos.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Gareth Quinn: Co-Founder & Entrepreneur in NI Connections

Julie Sinnamon: CEO

Julie Sinnamon: CEO

BA Hons Business Studies, Jordanstown

Former Enterprise Ireland CEO and graduate of UU Julie Sinnamon takes over as Chair of European Movement Ireland.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Julie Sinnamon: CEO in independent.ie

Connor Smyth: Director

Connor Smyth: Director

BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice, Jordanstown

Ulster alumnus Connor Smyth is SAS: Who Dares Wins champion.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Connor Smyth: Director in Belfast Live

Lee Stuart: Entrepreneur

Lee Stuart: Entrepreneur

MSc Computing and Information Systems, Magee

Graduate of Ulster University Lee Stuart of Covernet is Entrepreneur of the month.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Lee Stuart: Entrepreneur in Ulster Business

Thana Thammavongsa: Owner and Chef

Thana Thammavongsa: Owner and Chef

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

Ulster alumna Thana Thammavongsa draws on Japanese experience to grow food enterprise.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Thana Thammavongsa: Owner and Chef in Ballymoney Times

Deborah Walls: Aviation Manager

Deborah Walls: Aviation Manager

MBA Business Administration, MBS Business Studies and BSc Hons Applied Biochemical Sciences, Jordanstown

Alumna of UU Deborah Walls flying the flag for women in aviation.

Located in: England

Source: Read about Deborah Walls: Aviation Manager in Derry Now

Roisin Wood: CEO

Roisin Wood: CEO

MBA and BA Hons Sport & Leisure Studies with DIS, Jordanstown

Community Foundation NI welcomes UU graduate Roisin Wood as new CEO.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Roisin Wood: CEO in Community Foundation NI