The Class of 2015 joined the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals as they received their degrees at this year's graduation ceremony. The presentation took place at London’s Barbican Centre on 16 July, where more than 650 graduates were handed their certificates as they joined an international network of 13,500 alumni.
Mena Farag, 23 - Medicine MBBS
Mena, pictured above third from left, will soon be working as an academic foundation doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Ultimately, he hopes to specialise in anaesthetics or neurology.
“I have enjoyed learning about the science of the human body and am looking forward to using this knowledge to help people. I am also looking forward to working life, becoming self-sufficient and paying off my student loan!
“My university highlight has to be the friends that I’ve made. We’ve all grown together and they will be friends for life.”
Hannah Dennison, 27, and Claire Thomas, 33 - Medicine MBBS (graduate entry)
Hannah will be soon starting her job as a doctor in the hospital she was born in, Homerton University Hospital.
Before returning to university to train as a doctor, she was working as an NHS graduate management trainee. Her ultimate ambition is to combine her medical and management experience in a leadership role. Hannah said:
"I have always had a passion for science and in my NHS management role this deepened.
"I was working with amazing doctors and surgeons and had the opportunity to job shadow. This gave me the inspiration to apply to medical school.
"As a doctor, I will have the chance to help people in a way that no other profession allows. It's a privilege to be able to impact people's lives on a daily basis."
Claire retrained as a doctor after a previous career as a science journalist. She will be starting her first doctor position at St Helier University Hospital. She said:
"I chose to return to university and retrain as a doctor as I really wanted to use the science I enjoyed, but work with people in a role where I could make their lives better.
"I really enjoyed the eclectic mix of students at St George’s. I studied alongside school leavers, fellow graduate entry students, carers, former housewives and bankers to name a few, all of whom brought something positive to the course."
Harry Spiers, 21 - Biomedical Sciences BSc
After completing his Biomedical Sciences degree, Harry is now looking forward to coming back to St George’s in the autumn to begin his medical studies.
“I have absolutely loved studying for my degree. My best memories include presenting my dissertation at an international conference and making the University of London League hockey finals.
“Today has been a brilliant celebration. Seeing my friends graduate has made me very proud of our achievements.”
Having excelled on the Biomedical Sciences degree course, Harry is among the small cohort of students who are able to transfer onto the second year of the five year Medicine MBBS degree at St George’s.
Banuja Balachandran, 21 - Biomedical Sciences BSc
Banuja will be continuing her studies to postgraduate level.
She will be joining the Master’s in Biomedical Science, specialising in Haematology, at Kingston University.
“The highlight of my studies was my final year research project, which I found the most interesting thing ever. It taught me to think outside the box and experiment.
"Things didn’t always go how I wanted them to, but I learned to be diligent and persevere.”