September 2021

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

Adrian Balfour: Entrepreneur

Adrian Balfour: Entrepreneur

BEng Hons Electronic Systems, Jordanstown

NI Connections interview with UU alumnus, Founder of Envorso and owner of The Seattle Seawolves Rugby Team, Adrian Balfour.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Adrian Balfour: Entrepreneur in NI Connections

Nick Boyle: CEO

Nick Boyle: CEO

BSc Informatics, Jordanstown

UU graduate and Chief Executive of Lightsource BP, Nick Boyle explains how the company will help power one of the biggest corporate transformations ever attempted.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Nick Boyle: CEO in The Guardian

Gary Doherty: Entrepreneur and Speaker

Gary Doherty: Entrepreneur and Speaker

MSc Management, Cert Teaching, BSc Hons Business, Magee and Coleraine

How Ulster alumnus Gary Doherty found his calling as a TEDx speaker after losing everything in the financial crash.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Gary Doherty: Entrepreneur and Speaker in Belfast Telelgraph

Neville Isdell: Chairman

Neville Isdell: Chairman

DSc

NI Connections interview with Ulster University honorary graduate and former global CEO and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, Neville Isdell.

Located in: Overseas

Source: Read about Neville Isdell: Chairman in NI Connections

Luke Keaney: Sport (Rower)

Luke Keaney: Sport (Rower)

PGD Physical Activity and Public Health, Jordanstown

Former Donegal player and graduate of UU Luke Keaney on dealing with injury that ended his football career, and competing with elite rowers at the World Championships.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Luke Keaney: Sport (Rower) in The Irish News

Clare McAllister: Manager

Clare McAllister: Manager

BSc Hons Applied Chemical Science and HNC Science (Chemistry), Jordanstown

High Flyers: Clare McAllister, Northern Ireland residential manager at Electric Ireland and alumna of Ulster University.

Located in:  Ireland

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

Professor Peter McCaffery: Vice-Chancellor

Professor Peter McCaffery: Vice-Chancellor

BA Hons, Coleraine

Alumnus of Ulster University  Professor Peter McCaffery takes up role of Vice- Chancellor at Royal Agricultural University.

Located in: England

Source: Read about Professor Peter McCaffery: Vice-Chancellor in FE News

Matthew McClean: Sport (Golf)

Matthew McClean: Sport (Golf)

BSc Hons Optometry, Coleraine

Ulster graduate, Matt McClean admitted he and his Ireland team-mates exceeded their own expectations after claiming Home Internationals joy with a half against England in their deciding match at Hankley Common Golf Club in Surrey.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Matthew McClean: Sport (Golf) in Belfast Telegraph

Conor McGinty: Singer

Conor McGinty: Singer

AB Business Studies, Magee

UU alumnus and former X Factor contestant Conor McGinty embarks on first major tour.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Conor McGinty: Singer in Derry Now

Ewan McGregor: Actor

Ewan McGregor: Actor

DLitt

Ulster University honorary graduate Ewan McGregor wins first Emmy.

Located in: USA

Source: Read about Ewan McGregor: Actor in Deadline.com

Angela Platt: Sport (Football)

Angela Platt: Sport (Football)

BSc Hons Sport, Exercise and Leisure, Jordanstown

Former player and UU alumna Angela Platt appointed new director of Northern Ireland women’s football.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Angela Platt: Sport (Football) in Belfast Telegraph

Mark Shields: Artist

Mark Shields: Artist

PGC Education (Art & Design), BA Hons Fine Art, Jordanstown and Belfast

Ulster alumnus Mark Shields was shortlisted for the UK’s most important prize for contemporary drawing, the Trinity Buoy Wharf drawing prize.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Mark Shields: Artist in Trinitybuoywharf.com

Julie Sinnamon: CEO

Julie Sinnamon: CEO

BA Hons Business Studies, Jordanstown

UU alumna and former Enterprise Ireland Chief Executive Julie Sinnamon joins board of Cairn Homes.

Located in: Ireland

Source: Read about Julie Sinnamon: CEO in The Irish Times

Serena Terry: Author

Serena Terry: Author

BSc Hons Advertising, Magee

Graduate of UU and Mammy Banter TikTok star Serena Terry secures book deal.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Serena Terry: Author in The Irish News

Suzanne Wylie: CEO

Suzanne Wylie: CEO

BSc Hons Environmental Health, Jordanstown

Government of Jersey appoints first female Chief Executive UU alumna Suzanne Wylie.

Located in: Northern Ireland

Source: Read about Suzanne Wylie: CEO in BBC News