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Since the University was founded in 1963 more than seven thousand students have passed through our doors in Derwent, graduating with degrees from one of the top English departments in the country.

Celebrating your past and supporting your future.

The York Global Alumni Association is the home for York Alumni. Head over to the Alumni website to keep in touch with everything going on at York and hear about any events going on around the globe.

Where some of our recent graduates are now ...


Hamzah Abbas
Graduate trainee, BBC

"After graduating with a 2:1 earlier this year, I am the BBC's only journalism trainee having won the Student Journalist of the Year award whilst writing for and editing The Tab. I am currently based with the Today programme, though will also have placements in TV and online news as I experience the different platforms across the BBC. I have already written one news bulletin, and hope to be able to cover interesting news stories during the rest of my time here."


Manasi Subramaniam, Renaissance Literature, 2008
Publishing, Penguin Random House India

"I've worked in publishing since I graduated, and I currently have the privilege of working with some of the finest writers and edgiest new literary voices in South Asia at Penguin Random House India, where I acquire literary fiction and nonfiction for an eclectic list."


Jordan Allwood
International Film Sales, Independent Film Company

"I work in independent film, selecting, pitching and helping to produce films, ideally ones with creative and commercial value. I travel to international film festivals, and have worked on titles by filmmakers including Kevin Macdonald, Asif Kapadia and Tom Hooper."


Stephanie Gabbatt, English 2016
Broadcast Journalist, BBC World Service

"I produce foreign news TV stories which are broadcast around the world in different languages. I've also been a radio presenter and newsreader, worked on programmes for the general elections and reported on major sports events. I’ve worked on the BBC’s 100 Women project, highlighting the work of influential women.

Poppy Garrett, English

Assistant Curator, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

"As an Assistant Curator at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, I spend my days working closely with books and manuscripts that I studied at York. It’s very surreal - and the best use of my English degree I could’ve imagined!"


Henry Foy, English and Philosophy, 2010
Moscow Bureau Chief, Financial Times

"I have interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin at midnight in the Kremlin, billionaire oligarchs in their armoured dachas and opposition activists in deepest Siberia."


Justin W Cousins, English
Area Manager, Bekaa and South of Lebanon, Danish Refugee Council

"As a humanitarian aid worker specialising in emergency response in conflict zones, my work has taken me to a diverse range of countries, including South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan. Currently based in Lebanon, I am working on the overlapping responses to the refugee crisis, COVID-19 and the Beirut explosion."

Eloise McMinn Mitchell, English

Content Marketing Specialist, Pix4D

“I work at a civilian drone software company that creates 3D models, used for anything from surveying bridges to mapping the Amazon rainforest. My job is to develop case studies based on interviewing clients, draft content, and maintain translations across our website and social media presences. I’ve published eBooks on how drones can be used for good, as well as hundreds of blog articles. I’m living in Lausanne, Switzerland, and visiting our offices around the world. Last year, I helped moderate our 24-hour live conference as part of an international Covid-safe event!” 

Other notable alumni ...

Graham Swift 

Graham Swift. The author of ten novels. His second novel, Shuttlecock (1981), won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, as did his third novel, Waterland (1983), which also won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Swift won the Booker Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his sixth novel, Last Orders (1996), which has also been very adapted into a very successful film starring Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins.

Sarah Gavron 

Sarah Gavron. British film director. Graduated from the University of York with a BA in English in 1992. Nominated for the BAFTA Award and BIFA Award for best director in 2007 for the film version of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel Brick Lane. The film was warmly reviewed, with the Evening Standard describing Sarah as 'a talent to watch', and Nick Funnell of Time Out calling the film 'an impressive debut'.

Linda Grant 

Linda Grant. Read English at York 1972-75. Fiction and non-fiction author, and writer for The Guardian. Her second novel, When I Lived in Modern Times, won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2000, and her non-fiction work The People on the Street: A Writer's View of Israel (2006) won the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage. In 2007, Linda made a return trip to York as part of a Guardian series on University life.

Helen Dunmore 

Helen Dunmore. Poet and novelist. Her third novel, A Spell of Winter won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996, and her seventh novel, The Siege was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award. Dunmore was the winner of the 2009 National Poetry Competition.

Lizzy Dijeh 

Lizzy Dijeh. Read English and Related Literature at York. Her play, 'High Life' debuted at the Hampstead Theatre, in the Michael Frayn Space in October 2009 and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award in 2007. She performed as a guest speaker at the Southbank Centre in late 2009 in a special event to celebrate 25 years of the magazine.


Sally Wainwright. Television writer, producer, and director. Her highly acclaimed work includes Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley, both of which won BAFTA Awards. Her series Gentleman Jack, which was awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama, is based on the diaries of nineteenth-century Yorkshire landowner and industrialist Anne Lister, who married Ann Walker in Holy Trinity Church, York in 1834. Sally was awarded and honourary degree by the Department of Theatre, Film, Television, and Interactive Media in 2017.

Valerie Jack 

Valerie Jack. Poet, playwright and teacher. First poetry collection, Educational, published by tall-lighthouse in 2009. Staged play Fireworks at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden in November 2010.

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