Alumni stories

New ‘Inspire me to’ podcast series

Have you ever been unsure of what the next steps after University are? If you're searching for a bit of inspiration, to gain some guidance from those that have taken the next steps, or are searching for a new fun podcast to follow, look no further.

On the first Wednesday of every month tune into the Alumni Association's brand new podcast series Inspire me to with motivational, inspirational and entertaining stories from guests, many of whom are alumni, at different stages of their careers.

Join Television and Broadcasting student, Maddison Young as she interviews a variety of guests and explores what inspired them to follow their passions in a range of industries. 

With some fascinating stories and helpful tips and advice, explore where your journey could take you.

Inspire me to... take a product to market

Alumna and entrepreneur in residence Lynda Harding

Have you got a unique product idea but just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re in the process of launching your own product and need some advice on how to take the next step?

In this podcast listen to how Ewan the Dream Sheep went from an idea to becoming the award winning product he is today. Lynda will be offering hints and tips about how to overcome some of the obstacles she faced along the way, how she entered the international market and how she is continually looking to review and improve her products.

Inspire me to…follow my creative passion

Recent film graduate Shifra Kirby

Pursuing a creative career can mean taking a leap of faith. It can potentially be seen as a bit risky, especially if you have been brought up around influences of family and friends who believe that you should follow a more traditional career path. In this episode of our ‘Inspire me to’ podcasts, we welcome Shifra Kirby to discuss the courage and hard-work it has taken for her to pursue her creative passion.

Inspire me to... push my limits

Alumnus and marathon runner Tom Dilrew

It takes a certain kind of person to push themselves to the absolute limit, but for some people this is what motivates them and is part of their everyday life. Tom Dilrew is a Portsmouth graduate who has pushed himself both mentally and physically to train and complete marathons in a number of countries including Rome, Sydney, Rio, Toronto, Singapore and Cape Town.

Inspire me to... find my passion

Entrepreneur in residence, Heather Barrie

Discovering, trialling and ultimately following your passion is a subject Heather Barrie who is one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence here at the University of Portsmouth, knows a lot about. Heather has a fascinating background that took her from the corporate world to making the leap of purchasing a coffee truck and becoming the founder of Harrie’s Coffee, an independent, ethical, Sussex-based coffee and coffee machine supplier.

Inspire me to... make - innovate - collaborate

Alumnus Ming Wu

Portsmouth MRes Technology graduate Ming Wu, along with his two colleagues has created a space in Portsmouth for creative people to make, innovate and collaborate. The Makers Guild is a community interest company designed to unlock creative potential. They achieve this by providing opportunities and accessibility to creative networks, facilities and equipment. What makes Ming’s story so inspiring is that he is turning his passion of product design into a community business to inspire and support others. Ming is Portsmouth born and bred and hopes to improve the city with ventures such as his.   

Inspire me to... take my studies to the next level (coming Weds 4th September)

The thought of studying for a PhD can seem like a daunting prospect to most of us and we may assume that someone studying for one is particularly clever or academically minded. You might have questions about how they fit into university life? Are they considered a student or professional? Why would you study for a PhD and what happens next if you do study for one?  

Sorina and Danielle are both graduates of the University of Portsmouth and are now studying for a social science PhD here, due to complete in 2021. They wil talk to us about their experiences and help us to dispel some of the myths. They have been awarded a scholarship with the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership which is a collaboration between the University of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth. The aim of the collaboration is to deliver the latest developments in training in research methods and skills to produce highly qualified and rounded social scientists, equipped to meet contemporary economic and social challenges.


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