March 2021

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

Md Fazlul Bari: Ambassador

Md Fazlul Bari: Ambassador

MA Government Financial Management, Jordanstown

Ulster alumnus Fazlul Bari appointed Bangladeshi Ambassador to Iraq.

Located in: Bangladesh

Source: Read about Md Fazlul Bari: Ambassador in United News of Bangladesh

Michael Boyd: Sports Director

Michael Boyd: Sports Director

Adv Dip Management Practice, MSc Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, BA Hons Sport and Leisure Studies, Jordanstown

Former IFA director and Ulster graduate Michael Boyd received The Highly Commendable Award from the NI Community Relations Council. Michael was also the AIB/UU Distinguished Graduate Award winner in 2018.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Michael Boyd: Sports Director in NI Community Relations Council

Niamh Campbell: Journalist

Niamh Campbell: Journalist

MA Journalism, Coleraine

Ulster graduate Niamh tells us about her career in journalism so far and what it means to be nominated for an award by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Since printing this story Niamh has since won the award – huge congratulations!

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Niamh Campbell: Journalist in Ulster University

Clare Gallagher: Manager

Clare Gallagher: Manager

BSc Hons Sport, Exercise and Leisure, Jordanstown

Ulster alumna Clare Gallagher, Head of Membership at Women in Business on how ‘your network is your worth’.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Clare Gallagher: Manager in The Irish News

Sarah Gregg: Life and Business Coach

Sarah Gregg: Life and Business Coach

PG Dip Careers Guidance, Magee and BSc Hons Social Psychology, Coleraine

UU alumna, life coach and business coach Sarah Gregg on how to live with joie de vivre.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Sarah Gregg: Life and Business Coach in thriveglobal.com

Bronagh Healey: Life Skills Coach

Bronagh Healey: Life Skills Coach

BSc Hons Multimedia Computing and Design, Magee

UU graduate Bronagh Healey, Senior Security Awareness Lead, HMRC and self-employed Life Skills Coach is Derry Journal’s Friday’s Child.

Located in: England

Source: Read about Bronagh Healey: Life Skills Coach in Derry Journal

Sinéad Higgins: Entrepreneur

Sinéad Higgins: Entrepreneur

MBA and BA Hons Humanities Combined, Jordanstown and Coleraine

Software firm Decision Time (founded by Ulster alumni Geoff and Sinéad Higgins) add eleven government departments to client base.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Sinéad Higgins: Entrepreneur in Sync NI

Naomi Hodges: Manager

Naomi Hodges: Manager

BA Hons Spanish with Marketing, Coleraine

McDonald’s name ‘superstar’ UU graduate Naomi Hodges as Employee of the Year for NI and ROI.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Naomi Hodges: Manager in Belfast Live

Rebecca Hume: Entrepreneur

Rebecca Hume: Entrepreneur

MFA Multidisciplinary Design and BA Hons Fine and Applied Arts, Belfast

Ulster graduate Becca Hume wins Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Award.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Rebecca Hume: Entrepreneur in The News letter

Vincent Kennedy: Tech Director

Vincent Kennedy: Tech Director

BSc Hons Mathematics, Statistics and Computing, Jordanstown

Chat with SITA Ireland Manager and graduate of UU Vincent Kennedy about the air transport industry and upcoming plans for Letterkenny facility.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Vincent Kennedy: Tech Director in Irish Tech News

Roy Kinnear: Chief Commercial Officer

Roy Kinnear: Chief Commercial Officer

BSc Hons Combined Science, Jordanstown

UU alumnus and former COO of Flybe Roy Kinnear appointed as Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Located in: Malta

Source: Read about Roy Kinnear: Chief Commercial Officer in independent.com.mt

Aphra Leavy: Engineer

Aphra Leavy: Engineer

BEng Hons Civil Engineering, Jordantown

UU grad and Irish Water scientist and engineer Aphra Leavy wants to inspire girls to consider a career in STEM.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Aphra Leavy: Engineer in Westmeath Examiner

Niamh Mallon: Sport (Camogie)

Niamh Mallon: Sport (Camogie)

BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Sciences, Jordanstown

How Down camogie star and Ulster University graduate Niamh Mallon is pushing the boundaries in female sport.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Niamh Mallon: Sport (Camogie) in The Irish News

Katie Matthews: Entrepreneur

Katie Matthews: Entrepreneur

BSc Hons Business Studies, Jordanstown

As part of International Women’s Day we are celebrating Women in Business and the challenges they face within their careers with an interview with Katie is the founder of the multi-award winning tuition service Excel In Education Business Tutoring School.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Katie Matthews: Entrepreneur in Working it Careers

Lauren McConkey: Digital Marketeer

Lauren McConkey: Digital Marketeer

BSc Hons Interactive Media, Coleraine

UU alumna Lauren McConkey of K4 Consultancy shortlisted for Digital Women Awards 2021 'Young Digital Woman of the Year'.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Lauren McConkey: Digital Marketeer in Digital Women

Mark McDevitt: Coach (Football)

Mark McDevitt: Coach (Football)

BA Hons Business Studies and Dip HE Accounting, Magee

Harvard University coach and UU grad Mark McDevitt setting his sights on championship glory.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Mark McDevitt: Coach (Football) in Derry Journal

Martin Murtagh: Digital Media Consultant

Martin Murtagh: Digital Media Consultant

MSc Digital Media Communication, Belfast

Martin Murtagh, alumnus of UU recognised by All-Ireland Business Foundation with a Business All-Star award.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Martin Murtagh: Digital Media Consultant in All Ireland Business Times

Peter Quinn: Designer

Peter Quinn: Designer

BDes Hons Design for Visual Communication, Belfast

Design grad Peter Quinn: from UU graduate to LA social media sensation.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Peter Quinn: Designer in Ulster University

Professor Aisling Swaine: Gender Studies Academic

Professor Aisling Swaine: Gender Studies Academic

PhD Social Sciences

UU alumna Professor Aisling Swaine named on Apolitical’s top 100 most influential people in gender policy 2021.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Professor Aisling Swaine: Gender Studies Academic in UCD

Paul Young: Animator & Entrepreneur

Paul Young: Animator & Entrepreneur

BA Hons Comb Studies in Art & Design, Belfast

Cartoon Saloon, headed by Ulster University graduate Paul Young receives Oscar nomination for best animated feature Wolfwalkers.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Paul Young: Animator & Entrepreneur in Independent.ie