Hello and a very warm welcome to the March 2017 edition of Alumni Matters.

Newcastle University Business School is committed to supporting you in your lifelong professional development through our Alumni Relations Programme. 

Since starting this role in June 2016, I have re-established our Alumni Advisory Committees in our largest alumni communities of Newcastle, London, Shanghai and Beijing. These committees are a valuable source of ideas and contacts which shape the alumni activities we deliver in these regions.

Earlier this year, we held two Employability Events in China and you can read more about those further on in this e-newsletter. We would also love to see you at our upcoming event in London on 29th March, if you are in the City, make sure to drop by.

In the meantime, you can stay up to date with news and stories from the Business School community, as well as resources, benefits and services which are available to all Business School alumni by following us on LinkedIn  and joining our LinkedIn Group 

To ensure you receive all relevant news, event information and opportunities please update your contact details here. 

Over the past 9 months I have had the extreme pleasure of meeting close to 100 alumni who are now sharing their experience and expertise with Business School students and alumni through activities such as mentoring, speaking, providing business projects, and hosting interns and placements.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved please contact me at

Happy reading!


Alys Dunn
Alumni Relations Manager

Business School News

Business School Director

Professor John Wilson, left his position of Director of the Business School in December. We started the New Year head-hunting a new director and are hoping to be able to announce the new appointment in the next edition of Alumni Matters.

David Goldman Visiting Professor

Newcastle University Business School has appointed Atom Bank founder and chairman, Anthony Thomson as its new Goldman Visiting Professor.

Replacing Harry Swan, Managing Director of Thomas Swan & Co Ltd, Anthony’s entrepreneurial thinking and innovative ways of doing business, made him the ideal candidate for the 2017 professorship.

He will deliver a series of public lectures, while also overseeing a cohort of students from the Business School and its partner institutions: Boston University’s Questrom School of Business; the University of Groningen; and Fudan University through marketing, innovation and financial crime internships at Atom Bank.


International research into container supply chain receives £140K grant

An innovative international research project exploring ‘collaborative decision making on container supply chains’ has been awarded a prestigious grant from the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).



Turning your UK education into a successful career in China

“The event has been great for relationship building and keeping in touch with alumni. It made me feel like a part of the campus again.” 

Read about our recent visit to Shanghai and Beijing, where the Business School hosted two employability events for alumni living and working in the cities.


From Newcastle to Silicon Valley

"Having ultimately spent 17 years with the same company, I decided to switch gears and satisfy one remaining business ambition I had. To be an entrepreneur." 

David Thompson graduated from Newcastle University Business School in the early 1990's, all set for a career at PwC. Yet his career has taken a number of unexpected turns, via Manchester, New York, Chicago and the Silicon Valley and now he's heading to London to sit on the board of his former company.

Find out more about David's career journey. 

Interview with Lukas Passia and Vincent Efferoth

"Our vision is to create a new product category within the alcoholic beverage market and from there, create a host of exceptional alcoholic tea experiences."

After graduating in 2016, Vincent and Lukas set up Tea Venture Limited and have been working full-time on the business since. 

Read about how their plan to create a host of exceptional alcoholic tea experiences. 

Big Brand Marketing in North East England

"I’ve been surprised to find some great global brands, agencies and headquarters located here."

After graduating in 2009, Sarah Brownrigg decided that a career in London wasn't for her and decided to stay in Newcastle. 

Initially nervous about having limited her options, Sarah tells us about the exciting global brands that she's worked for here in North East England.

Read more.

Alumni Benefits

Study Discount

Newcastle University remains committed to helping you unlock even more potential. When it comes to developing your career. You could possibly consider a Masters or MBA programme with us. Newcastle University graduates are entitled to a 20% reduction in tuitions fees for further study.


access an international network of recruiting companies.

Upcoming events


MBA Open Event


Making it in the City- Key Factors for a successful career in London

Jun - jul

Transform it.
Test it. Sell it. Manage it.


Convocation Lecture - Dr Martin Luther King Jr: his legacy in 2017

Transform your business thinking with the Newcastle MBA

Considering an MBA? Attend our MBA Open Event on Thursday 27 April to find out how our MBA can help you take your career to the next level. You will hear from our MBA programme team and current students. As a valued member of Newcastle University's alumni community, you are eligible for a 20% reduction in tuition fees for further study, this includes our MBA programme.

Register to attend.

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