Welcome to your alumni community

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Congratulations on your graduation and a warm welcome to Imperial’s alumni community.

Wherever your path takes you after today, your life will be shaped by your Imperial education, the friendships you have formed, and your experiences here.

When you cross the stage of the Royal Albert Hall, you join a global network of more than 250,000 Imperial alumni. Bound together by uniquely challenging and intensive studies, your connection to Imperial will endure far beyond the years you have spent on campus.

Now more than ever, universities and our graduates have a responsibility to actively contribute to a better future.

Imperial alumni are problem-solvers, game-changers and passionate global citizens, and we know that as a community you are a source of new solutions.

You also make a difference to the future of Imperial and our community. You help us to attract the brightest talent, inspire and support students, open doors to new collaborations and share insights with each other and with us.

In turn, we are here for you. We can help you build your network and make vital professional connections. We offer you free online resources, access to career workshops and webinars, and open up our libraries to you. We invite you to use the Alumni Visitor Centre, a dedicated space for visiting alumni on the South Kensington Campus, where you can work, relax and network.

There are local UK and global alumni groups waiting to welcome you. Imperial Plexus, our dedicated online platform for alumni, connects you directly with your community and with us. It should be your first port of call when you’re visiting or moving to a new city, searching for business partners, seeking career advice or connecting with other alumni. It is also your gateway to accessing online benefits and resources.

As you embark on the next step of your journey, please stay in touch. Make sure you update your contact details with us so we can let you know about benefits, events and opportunities to engage with your new community.

We are proud of the achievements of our alumni, and you can explore some of their stories over the next few pages.

Joanne Gardner

Joanne Gardner
Head of Alumni Relations

So, where do you start?

It’s simple: whenever you move home or change jobs, remember to update your details with the Alumni Relations team. We’ll send you information about alumni benefits, event invitations and opportunities to keep in touch and engage with your new community.

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“It’s our willingness to make a positive contribution to the world and always question the boundaries of what’s possible that distinguishes us as a community.”

Omer Ali (MEng Design Engineering 2020)
Graduate Outcomes Survey

All universities must demonstrate what their alumni are doing 15 months after graduation through participation in the national Graduate Outcomes Survey. This helps future students imagine the potential careers open to them and helps us maintain our place as the top university in the UK for employment. Please make sure we have up to date contact details for you and fill in the survey when you see it.

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Explore your alumni benefits

From professional interest networks, workshops and networking events to webinars, online resources and digital platforms, we are here to help you make new connections and progress your career.

Our top tip is to sign up to Imperial Plexus, our online platform for alumni. You can browse job opportunities, join a group, access a free bank of online resources and webinars and get in touch directly with fellow alumni.

You also have free lifelong access to exclusive alumni benefits, including our Alumni Visitor Centre in South Kensington, library access, regular e-newsletters, Imperial magazine and discounts on further study.

Meet your fellow alumni

From exploring the wonders of the universe to tackling very human problems, Imperial alumni are making an impact around the world. 

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Dr Christiana Udoh

Dr Christiana Udoh
MSc Chemical Engineering 2014, PhD 2018

“Science is a catalyst for change to improve the world and the lives of all the people who live in it.”

“Looking around my hometown, I really appreciate how fortunate I was to have access to basic education and unwavering family support. It lit a fire in me to buck the status quo and aim higher.”

Christiana Udoh was inspired by the visible impact of poverty and the energy crisis on her local community in Nigeria to dedicate her career to helping to resolve the consequences of climate change and inequitable energy provision.

Following the completion of her PhD, Christiana moved into an industry role with BP where she and her team were pushing the boundaries in the development of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process, an anchor technology for producing low-carbon fuels.

She is equally motivated to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, sharing her own experience and working on school outreach programmes to connect with young people.

“Our work takes time. Finding solutions needs a constant flow of new blood, ideas and energy to keep things going.

"The next time I stand in front of a class and ask them to draw a scientist, I’d love to see an array of different colours, genders and backgrounds being portrayed. Most importantly, I’d like to see everyone recognise themselves, their potential, and I’d like to see a solid belief that they can do anything, much like my parents helped me believe that I could.”

Dr Gabriele Messori

Dr Gabriele Messori
PhD Athmospheric Physics and Dynamics 2013

“I’m interested in weather events that happen in the mid-latitudes. I believe that to get something out of the research you must look at the whole continuum, from the theoretical depiction of the extremes to the practical applications.”

Dr Gabriele Messori is on a mission to help the scientific community, and beyond, gain a holistic understanding of climate extremes. To do this, he combines a variety of approaches, from applied mathematics to statistics, atmospheric dynamics to societal impacts. He is already widely recognised for his work in this field.

“I always wanted to do a PhD. But I thought I should see what working in the private sector was like first. After this experience, I knew that academia was the right path for me. Working in research gives me freedom – I can choose what I dedicate my time to which is really important for me.

“I think research really allows you to shape your career early on. In other industries, you have to wait until you’re more senior to get that. The research communities are very close-knit. They’re not just colleagues, they become your friends.

“Imperial was excellent at giving me an understanding of how physics and science can be applied outside academia.

"I also had opportunities to do other things that allowed me to engage with the community at the university, such as teaching. My time at Imperial provided me much more than just scientific and technical knowledge.”

Dr Reeba Oliver

Dr Reeba Oliver
PhD Clinical Medicine Research 2009

“If you do things for the right reasons – not for money or recognition – everything will always fall into place. If the money and recognition come, they come, but don’t start out with that as your focus.”

Dr Reeba Oliver was born into a family of doctors. While working as a consultant gynaecologist in London, she learned that there were no services available for non-pregnant victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), despite the fact that the physical and psychological scars remained, so she established the UK’s first walk-in FGM clinic.

“Growing up, I was always surrounded by people who helped others at great cost to themselves, so I did not think it strange – or even great – because everybody around me was doing that.

“I loved my degree at Imperial. While I was there, we found a group of cells that had never been found before in foetal blood. It identified whether the baby had been exposed to infection inside the mother. It was quite cutting edge and innovative and I was so taken up with it. I could’ve gone down that route but I love surgery. I love my patients.

“I opened England’s first FGM walk-in clinic. Nobody knew I was doing it and when they found out, nobody stopped me. Anybody with FGM could walk in confidentially because that’s what we would’ve done back home. We wanted to give people confidence and not add any barriers.”

Erblin Ribari

Erblin Ribari
MSc Investment and Wealth Management 2019

“Throughout my life, I have learned how to make the most of my misfortunes and be thankful for every experience. Touched by war, famine and apartheid to an extent, I have never given in.”

Erblin Ribari has always been conscious of the problems facing his home country, Kosovo. However, he refused to give in to his circumstances and studied at Imperial to break into the financial world. Now he’s expanding his knowledge at Harvard University, with an ambitious goal of eventually creating the first stock exchange for Kosovo.

Alongside his studies, he works for a startup, which is helping to connect fragmented communities. He joined when the team was still small, but it’s grown to have a market capital of £30 million.

“Without a doubt, every day at Imperial was unique, enriching, and impactful in itself. My cohort was made up of people from all over the world and we stuck together. You do not expect that in a business school. Imperial was different – we cheered for each other. I made the best of friends while I was a student.

“Learning has been my passion since I was a child. I always wanted to be the best at what I did. Now I’m focusing on doing the best for my country.

“I ask: What can I do for my community? What sacrifices do I need to make for Kosovo to be a prosperous society where citizens are appreciated? My answer is that I am willing to sacrifice everything and utilise my knowledge to alter the status quo back home.”

Christopher Hopper

Christopher Hopper
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2011

“I’m a pragmatic dreamer – I see all the specific things that need to happen in the short term, but it’s exciting to work towards something.”

Christopher Hopper is the co-founder of Aurora Solar, a groundbreaking company worth over $4 billion and trusted by 90% of the top US residential solar contractors. He and his company have developed AI-powered software for solar panel installations, helping the transition to a clean energy future.

“I had a friend in primary school whose dad taught him a bit of programming. All of us at the time were obsessed with computer games and I thought it would be amazing if I could make a game. Through him, I learned it was possible.

“It’s funny that starting a business is actually quite anticlimactic. You go to a lawyer, sign some papers, and you have a business. But of course, there’s much more to it than that. As a first-time founder of a company, there’s a lot to learn along the way. And in a business like this that’s growing so fast, your job changes every 12–18 months.

"What I do today has nothing to do with my first few years in the company where I’d show up, grab a coffee, sit in a bean bag, put on my headphones and write code all day.

“In the end, it’s simply something I believe in and it’s not something I can put aside. I fundamentally believe the world is better off powered by abundant, cheap, clean energy and I think that’s a future worth fighting for. There were plenty of challenges along the way – and there will be more – but it’s that conviction that keeps me going.”

Support the next generation of students

Master’s student Mariana’s world has been transformed thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends. Our community of donors ensure financial need is never a barrier to an Imperial education.

With your help, we can continue to provide essential bursaries to disadvantaged and deserving students, attract the brightest and best with scholarships, and meet the needs of those facing sudden financial hardship that casts their future at Imperial into doubt.

Every gift matters.

Last year, 3,000 donors gave to support students across the university. For the price of a coffee your gift can make a profound difference. 

Give today

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Your support will secure the futures of the next generation working in science, medicine, engineering and business.

11 graduate gifts of £3 can pay for a weekly travelcard for a student struggling to meet the costs of travelling to campus.

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166 graduate gifts of £3 can support an Imperial student in unexpected financial hardship.


“I received an emergency bursary to cover my essential living costs. It meant I didn’t have to give up my place.”

Mariana, MSc Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution