The largest ever gathering of London-based alumni came together last week for a special event at the New Designers Exhibition.
More than 40 graduates were at the Business Design Centre for a networking session and a chance to meet both University staff and students who were attending the exhibition.
The occasion was organised by the Plymouth University London Alumni Committee, which is working to create a supportive and social network of Plymouth graduates who are living and working in the capital.
“I thought the work of the design students was world-class,”
said Aneta Nastaj, Committee member, and a psychology graduate from last year, reflecting on what she saw at the exhibition.
“The students showed awareness of current affairs through their work such as the need for the product to be environmentally sustainable, and some focused on the struggles of disabled people and designed products that would make their lives easier, which is admirable.”
The guests all visited Plymouth’s stand at the New Designers Exhibition, where the work of 31 students was in display among 3,000 nationwide. The work across categories such as ‘desirable mechanical design’, ‘design for social benefit’ and ‘making aesthetics’ included a full-size self-assembled motorbike, a team-building collaborative board game that is opposite to Monopoly, and a range of furniture based upon rectangular frames, and inspired by Japanese jointing.
The alumni then had the chance to network with one another in a room booked out for the occasion.
Aneta, who is completing a Masters in Social Policy Research at the London School of Economics, said:
“I’m in the process of applying for a graduate job in London and I received invaluable advice from other Alumni Committee members as well as other guests. I spoke to a number of recent graduates and I think I advised them on how to navigate the field of looking for graduate jobs effectively.”
Also attending was Rebecca Matthews, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography (Identity & Branding) in 2014. She said:
“I really enjoyed the event, firstly as it was interesting to see what the current students have been working on, but also being able to chat to alumni from so many different years and courses. I actually got talking to one alum who was also a freelancer and it was great getting advice from him, as he has been freelancing for a lot longer than I have. He also told me about different websites for finding freelance work which was particularly useful.”
“I am really happy that there are now alumni events in London as it is great to stay connected and involved with my university,”
“But also it's a really great chance to network with people from different industries and at different stages in their career and share advice.”