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Four alumni doing amazing things


Four alumni doing amazing things

Our students go on to do amazing things across many sectors. Here are just a few of our alumni who are making a difference in the world.

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Astronomer Lisa Harvey-Smith graduated from Newcastle University in 2002. She obtained a Master’s degree in Physics, with Honours in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

In 2018 the Australian government appointed her the first Women in STEM Ambassador. She will help raise awareness about government programmes aimed at getting women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Lisa has presented Australia’s popular ABC television show ABC Stargazing Live. She has also appeared on shows including BBC Stargazing Live and Brian Cox: Life of a Universe.

Plus, she has appeared on stage at packed theatres across the country. She has published more than 40 scientific papers.

Lisa Harvey-Smith is a British-Australian astrophysicist and Australia

Tania Love

Tania Love studied architecture at Newcastle University and in Italy, graduating in 1992. She joined North East firm FaulknerBrowns in 1993.

She has delivered more than two million square feet of commercial mixed-use schemes and city centre retail projects across the UK. Including the remodelling of Newcastle’s Monument Mall, and Market Hall in London.

The Women in Construction & Engineering Awards recognised her outstanding design, innovation and vision. In 2018 she won the Best Woman in Architecture award.

She sits on the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Visiting Board. Plus, she is a member of the strategic board of Revo, the UK body for retail property and placemaking. Tania is also a non-executive director of NE1 Business Improvement District and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Tania Love is a renowned architect 25 years of architectural experience across a wide variety of sectors.

Simon Chinn

Award-winning producer Simon Chinn graduated from Newcastle University in 1991, obtaining a BA in History. He then founded Red Box Films in 2005.

Here he produced two of his most successful documentaries Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man. He won more than 30 international awards. This included two Academy Awards for Best Documentary and two BAFTA Awards.

He also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and grossed more than $10m at the box office. In 2013 Simon founded Lightbox, an award-winning multi-platform media company.

Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning British film producer, founder of Red Box Films and co-founder of Lightbox.

Tony Wadsworth

Tony Wadsworth CBE graduated in Economics at Newcastle University in 1977. During the early nineties, he relaunched the legendary Parlophone music label.

He worked with artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters and the Beastie Boys. In 1998 he became Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK.

From 2007 to 2014, Tony held the posts of Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), a key trade body in the UK's music industry. He was also Chairman of Brit Awards Ltd.

Between 2008 and 2017 Tony was a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University. He also chaired the judging panel for the prestigious Mercury Prize for Album of the Year in 2017.

Also, Tony is Chairman of Julie’s Bicycle. A global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.

Tony Wadsworth CBE has had a lifelong career in the music industry, including stints as Managing Director of the Parlophone label, Chairman & CEO of EMI Music UK and Ireland, and Chairman of the industry