Issue 1 | April 2007
to the Alumni
Meet the team
The alumni team is here to help you stay in touch
with the University, your friends and colleagues
The need for speed
Alumni Anthony Keating is engineering
his way into the record books
Welcome to the Alumni and Friends Association
Share your news. Share your ideas. Stay in touch
The Vice Chancellor’s welcome to the University
The alumni and development team.
Mark Allanson, Penny Knipe and Lynn Ashworth.
Welcome to the ﬁrst edition of ‘Origins’, Meet the Alumni and What’s in it for me?
of Bolton’s alumni and friends.
marking the launch of the University
of Bolton’s ﬁrst Alumni and Friends
Development Team Alumni and Friends’ Services I am pleased to welcome and invite you to is made up of studying students, graduates, and every one of you. We want to keep in
Association. Whether you are a recent be a continuing member of the University academic lecturers, researchers, support touch with you and ﬁnd out how your lives
Mark Allanson is the Head of Development You can access the careers service and the
university graduate, or attended one of of Bolton. staff, honorary fellows and ‘friends.’ Many are progressing and keep you informed of
and Alumni and is responsible for library and receive academic support from
the founding institutions or colleges, we of you have told me of your affection for the university’s development. You have ﬁrst
developing Alumni relationships and tutors and professors across campus; even
are delighted to welcome you as a life-time Whilst the university title is new there is a the institute or university and of the lifelong hand insight into Bolton and are our best
activities with the university’s new schools, continue to be a member of some of the
member of the university. rich history of higher educational experience friendships made whilst studying here. ambassadors in whatever ﬁeld of endeavour
as well as the university’s sponsorship and university’s clubs and societies; join in sports
behind it. If you went to the College of Art, you now ﬁnd yourself in.
fundraising activities. He is passionate classes - keep ﬁt, see old friends and make
The Association is here so that you can Bolton Training College, Bolton Institute Your relationship with us need not end at
about securing the university’s future as a new ones.
access support and help in your career; of Technology (BIT), Bolton Institute of graduation and I am delighted to announce I very much look forward to meeting some
professional, innovative and creative place to
to help you stay in touch with friends, Higher Education (BIHE) or have recently the launch of our Alumni Association. The of you at the various events we hold.
study - a place that continues to help former Since our launch, graduates from all
colleagues and lecturers and update you on graduated you are automatically a member association is composed of all graduates.
students succeed, a place remembered with professions and from ﬁve continents have
the latest changes at one of the country’s of the university Alumni. Indeed anyone who has been involved with Dr George Holmes, Vice Chancellor
affection. joined the Association via our website.
fastest developing universities. the university can join as an associate and I University of Bolton
Our graduates have requested
I regard our alumni as a very important welcome your continued involvement with us.
Penny Knipe is the Alumni and information about new professional
Origins will be available via post and on part of our university family. A university I value the association we have with each
Development Ofﬁcer. Penny is a Bolton courses, developments and post-graduate
our website and we will have regular Q&A
Institute graduate and knows the university opportunities and have indicated a need
proﬁles about our Alumni members. Here
as a student; she’s communicating with for career support. We’re working closely
we feature Tony Keating, an Automotive
Alumni and friends and building services with the Student Centre and Careers Ofﬁce
Engineering graduate (1994), who runs a When you ﬁrst set out on your university I believe it is very important for everyone
which include an online community to to help develop their current services in
successful power engineering and design journey the last thing on your mind is who leaves the university to stay in contact.
reunite friends and help plan events. all sectors of business and industry. The
business - but whose passion is ultra fast ﬁnishing. The time you spend at university Current students love to hear about your
Library’s special Alumni membership
supercars. positively shapes and changes your life. So stories, your projects and adventures both
Lynn Ashworth is the Alumni and scheme allows you access to over 170,000
when you leave, is that it? Do you forget at the university and beyond.
Development Assistant, responsible for books and over 750 hard-copy journals.
If you gained a certiﬁcate, diploma, degree about your time here? The friends you have
updating the relationship management
or completed a module here you are made; people you have met? You will always be a part of the university
system. She also helps with enquiries. Lynn As Damien Sutherland our Students’
automatically a member of the Association. community because the students and
ensures accurate record keeping of gifts, Union President says, many Alumni would
If you’re a parent, a business or community I don’t believe that when you graduate you friends, past and present, make it what it
donations and sponsorship so that these are particularly like to keep in touch or meet
partner then we would be very happy to forget about university. I think we should all is now. So please don’t forget about the
used according to the donor’s wishes. up with old friends, and hear their news.
register you as a friend of the University of actively keep ourselves associated with our university once you have left, think about
Keep your contact details up to date, reach
Bolton. university by joining the alumni. Basically the what the university has given to you, share
If your contact details change, please e-mail colleagues, create discussion groups, post
alumni is a means of keeping in touch with your stories, stay in touch and join the
Alumni@Bolton.ac.uk or Phone the team your stories and share news with your peers
To register, e-mail Alumni@bolton.ac.uk or people from the University after you have alumni.
on 01204 903774 or 903771. – all via the website. It has never been easier
log on to the Alumni website www.bolton. left. All you have to do is sign up which you
to stay in touch!
ac.uk and click on Alumni and Friends; or ﬁll can do on the university of Bolton website Damien Sutherland, President
in the attached reply slip. (by the way it’s free!) University of Bolton Students’ Union
Issue 1 | April 2007
The need for speed
Alumni Anthony Keating is engineering his way into the record books
>> Many former students go on to work in an
industry related to their ﬁeld of study.
Speaking to motoring correspondents
from around the world at the Motor Show
UK engineering excellence
Anthony explains exactly what makes the
From Bolton campus to national contracts
The university campus has seen some
business. The company’s ability to provide
not only emergency and standby power
Anthony Keating is a former Bolton Anthony cited his inspiration for developing SKR special, and why he has a great deal of changes since Anthony studied here in engineering services but systems design,
Institute student who has taken this to a sports car as his automotive engineering respect for the expertise to be found in the 1994 and 1995. He remembers his time tailored solutions in ﬁnance, reporting and
another level, using his experience to course at Bolton and his love of cars like the UK’s automotive industry. at the then Bolton Institute extremely auditing means that the client base includes
build a successful business and to pursue a McLaren FI and the Jaguar XJ220. well. He has also found himself drawing Woolworths, Debenhams and Telewest
lifelong passion for fast cars. ‘Everything about the car is bespoke. on the skills he learned here, in every part as well as businesses from all sectors of
Veriﬁcation of top speed comes from - who Whilst the engine is made in the US, where of his engineering career since whether industry, in all areas of the UK.
From ofﬁces in Astley, Greater Manchester else - the record keeping guys at Guinness, possible, we have sourced other component using CAD, working with wind tunnels or
Anthony runs Electromech - his successful and Anthony is looking forward to claiming parts from UK manufacturers where there complex carbon ﬁbres and materials. He Growth industry for engineering graduates
engineering services business designing, the TKR’s place in the record books. is great skill and experience. The glass, for looks back at his time at Bolton as not only ‘Recruiting skilled engineers remains an
installing, and managing critical power Work on the supercar has taken Anthony example, is made by Pilkington Automotive helping to shape his career, but as a time of issue;’ observes Anthony. ‘Engineering
systems for hospitals and businesses around the world from Italy to the United and during development we have worked great fun and friendships. remains a growth industry and people with
nationwide. Clients relying on the skilled States. Development work and liaison with with manufacturers and experts across the the right skills, experience and attitude
services of the Electromech engineering suppliers means that the supercar project UK, including some in the North West.’ Anthony recalls: ‘My friends and I lived in a are in great demand. When I ﬁrst set up
team include Debenhams and Christie’s and takes up around 15% of his time. He is little terraced house off Deane Road. It was Electromech I employed a Bolton graduate
Hope Hospitals. supported by 15 people who share his Working on the development of the car easy to walk to lectures and classes, and to - he worked with me for several years.’
engineering expertise and his passion for has meant that for Anthony the study of the pubs! When we weren’t studying we
It is from his business headquarters that speed. automotive design and engineering didn’t used to enjoy watching bands on campus as ‘I have no regrets that I studied engineering
Anthony has also worked tirelessly over end when he left Bolton. Rather his studies well as playing sport and going out.’ - far from it. Engineering is in every part of
ten years to bring a long held dream to life. Supercars come with rocket-like speeds, have been part of his working life ever since. my life and businesses. I chose to study at
Using his experience as an engineer, and his and stratospheric price tags. The TKR Following the completion of his HND he Bolton because of the excellent reputation
drive as an entrepreneur, he has designed however could be yours for under ‘If I had known how much work I would do wanted to pursue an engineering career for engineering and automotive engineering
and developed the world’s fastest supercar. £400,000. This causes another stir in the around composites for example I would in the automotive industry. He gained courses. I do wish I’d gone on to do a
automotive world because the TKR’s price have listened twice as hard in lectures!’ experience, particularly in sales, which has degree after my HND. But I learned a huge
The TKR was unveiled in the summer at the tag is half that of the Bugatti Veyron which he laughs. stood him in great stead ever since. After amount about engineering which has paid
British International Motor Show in London. costs an eye watering £810,000. working in a management role for a national off in every way.’
Immediately the stunning looks and sheer The SKR is set to bring out the ‘Stig’ in any engineering business Anthony decided to
power set petrol head pulses racing. Unsurprisingly the market for cars between lover of fast, beautiful cars. Weighing less take the plunge and start his own company. Lifelong membership of the university
£350,000 and £1 million is limited. than 1000 kilos thanks to its bespoke body, community
The TKR is a new 1005 horsepower aerodynamic styling and component parts In 1998 he set up Electromech Engineering As an Alumni Anthony is delighted to see
‘Engineering remains a supercar capable of rocketing from zero However the market for high performance which are the best available in the industry, Services Limited. In 1999 he began selling the university go from strength to strength.
to 60 mph in under three seconds. With a cars at around £50,000 is huge and it shares all the TKR’s stunning looks. And and servicing power generators for During his time at Bolton he was inspired by
growth industry and top speed of 270 mph - it is staking a claim continues to grow. Introducing the SKR - if you are wondering - it is available in any different businesses. Anthony is quick to what he learnt and he has kindly offered to
to be nearly 20miles per hour faster than - developed by the team; based entirely on colour! acknowledge that as well as hard work and share his insight and passion for engineering
people with the right the Bugatti Veyron - currently the world’s the decade of development that has gone nerve, a certain degree of luck was also and business with current University
fastest production car. into to the TKR and yet set to retail at Plans for the Goodwood launch this involved in the early days. of Bolton students. He is also keen to
skills, experience and under £50,000. The car will be launched at summer are well underway and the team revisit and see how the university has
Power comes from a modiﬁed 6.0 litre the Goodwood Festival of Speed this June has another exciting event to plan for. Now employing a team of over 25 engineers changed. He’s sure that he has business and
attitude are in great Chevrolet V8 twin-turbocharged engine - the major event for car lovers from the UK This autumn the SKR will be put through over three UK sites, Anthony employs his development projects that the university
with dual intercoolers. The car has a full and across the world. its paces at Italy’s famous Nardò Ring mum, sister and younger brother, and is could help develop, and the university is
demand.’ carbon ﬁbre body and chassis. race track. focused on the continued growth of the here to help.
Issue 1 | April 2007
Q&A alumni and friends proﬁle
What is the highlight of your career/life so far?
I left school with few qualiﬁcations and
fought hard to be accepted into the police
force. I achieved a highly sought after place
in the mounted police, where only a small
percentage of applications are accepted. I
continually drive myself forward and prove
to myself that I am capable of achieving
what I want. Tenacity, networking and hard
work have gained results.
What are you fondest memories of being at
Running my own graphic design business,
and enjoying direct access to the third year Help grow the alumni community
Graphic Design course, I barely had time to
Q&A Proﬁle: Zaid Patel - Q&A Proﬁle: Leslie Maynard - Q&A Proﬁle: Q&A Proﬁle: John Washington - enjoy everything about being at university! Prize Draw Opportunity to win a £50
Design Engineer, Balfour Beatty Utilities CDR Associates and founder Munsaka Chikuba - Mabbolobbolo Graphic Artist, Photographer and part- However when I progressed onto the UK High Street Voucher
HNC Building Studies. Graduated 2006. ‘Anything’s Possible - USA’ BEd Technical and Vocational Education time lecturer. PGCE Graduated 2006 PGCE course I bonded with my lecturer
Preston, England. BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Graduated 2005. Frazer Gregory and my colleagues. We Ever wondered what happened to your
Senior Examinations Specialist, Tell us about what you do? were a very strong group and there was friends and colleagues? Well, now you can
Tell us about what you do? Tell us about what you do? Examinations Council of Zambia I am a practicing digital artist with emphasis a friendly atmosphere which I hear can be ﬁnd out. We are launching a new online
I work for Balfour Beatty Utilities as a Unlike in the UK, most US employees on photography. I am also currently different in other university establishments community. Help it to thrive by registering
Design Engineer for the wastewater have private health insurance through their Tell us about what you do? lecturing at the University of Bolton; my which have a tendency to be more your details via the website and posting
network. We design gravity sewers, rising employer. I work for CDR Associates. We I am a 37 year old female graduate of the students are on the Foundation Art and corporate and closed. your proﬁle. To read more visit the alumni
mains, pumping stations and detention deal with the coordination of beneﬁts for University of Bolton. I studied for a degree Design course and BA (Hons) second year and friends section at www.bolton.ac.uk
tanks amongst other things. On a day to healthcare insurance claims, determining in Education (technical and vocational) part Graphics. I enjoy lecturing enormously. Tell us about any new or recent projects you We are celebrating the launch of the new
day basis, we have to deal with clients, the which companies should pay claims or time, here in Zambia. I’m currently Senior My students are enthusiastic and friendly, are developing? alumni and friends online community
Highways Agency, private land owners, and receive refunds. Examinations Specialist in charge of business and have far-ranging ideas. I am currently working on project briefs for with a monthly prize draw (over the next
sub-contractors for site investigations and studies programmes in all technical and the Graphics Foundation Art and Design three months). There’s a prize of £50 in
for construction. How did you start? vocational training colleges in Zambia, for How did it start? course which include: politics, design, UK High Street Vouchers. Everyone who
Previously I worked in a variety of caring the Examinations Council of Zambia. My career started in the police force where, awareness and social change; photographic successfully registers their details on the
How did you start? roles including training and teaching life- because I was recognised for my abilities to imaging and packaging design. I am working online community will be entered into the
I began the job as a trainee when I was still skills. I’m currently a grade seven football How did you start? motivate and inspire, I was often employed on my website www.johnwashington.co.uk draw for that month. If you successfully
studying at Bolton on a day release basis. referee in Maryland, refereeing games from I had been a lecturer at Evelyn Hone in tutorial roles. Before that I was an arts where I publish my own digital imaging and encourage a former university friend (who
I started working with small schemes like under-eights to adults’ amateur games. I have College for about six years when I student, but I didn’t embark on the creative photography. The website is a visual web log also qualiﬁes for alumni status) to register,
CIP lining of existing sewers and rehab UK and US coaching qualiﬁcations. I hope to saw a World Bank scholarship through arts until I left the police eight years ago. and attracts many visitors who are invited you get another chance to win.
works. CIP lining means ‘cured in place’ and become a state, and eventually a national, the Zambian Ministry of Science and I have also run a successful graphic design to comment on the work.
is an engineering term referring to ways of referee. Refereeing keeps me ﬁt, and it is fun Technology, for the Bachelor of Education business - Washington Ryan. For further enquiries contact Penny Knipe,
restoring functional service of an existing believe it or not! I’ve volunteered to referee degree at Bolton. It was very competitive, Development & Alumni Ofﬁcer on Tel:
pipeline system, without necessarily digging games for the Special Olympics. attracting 356 applicants for 20 places. I 01204 903774 or email P.firstname.lastname@example.org
it up. Working in the water industry is new guess that’s how popular Bolton is! I was
to me. I am always taking suggestions from I’ve formed my own company - ‘Anything’s one of the 20 and started the degree two
my design team on every aspect of design/ Possible’. We use football to teach life skills weeks later. I was granted exemptions
drawings. through the team-work and camaraderie due to my prior qualiﬁcations and hence
of the game. Sport kept me out of trouble, completed my degree in two years. We
What is the highlight of your career/life so far?
I look forward to every challenge in life. I
so now I want to help inner city kids in
Baltimore to have the same opportunities.
were proud to be one of the ﬁrst cohorts
to get our degrees with the new university
Register with Alumni and Friends association
really enjoy working here, especially being title. With my BEd it only took me slightly
part of a friendly and helpful team. I believe What is the highlight of your career/life so far? over a year to get my new ‘big job’. First name
it’s the people that keep you going, not the The highlights of my life are my
work. achievements so far, and being married What are your fondest memories of being at Last name
to my wife of two years, Bonnie Bessor. University of Bolton/Bolton Institute? D.O.B.
What are your fondest memories of being at My message for others is that anything is My ‘Bolton in Zambia’ memories are great.
the university? possible in life. When I was very young I had my sleepless nights with assignments, Email
1. One of my fondest memories is getting a my father died, leaving my mother to look and I thank the Bolton staff for being Address (inc postcode)
burger from Deane Road on a after me. From two to 18 I was in care, extremely supportive. I remember how
Wednesday afternoon. I really miss it! with foster parents or in group homes. At they carried loads of material just so the
2. I enjoyed the pleasant and friendly 17 I began studying leisure studies. Once I standards would not be compromised. Course Studied
feeling of spending time in the new design achieved a GNVQ 3, I joined a HND course. Thanks to all the tutors (the list’s too long
studio whilst working on assignments and This allowed me to transfer onto the to mention) and special thanks go out to Year Graduated
drawings. Degree course at Bolton. I graduated with Dr Chris Smith for the encouragement. Tick sections to receive information
3. I appreciate the efforts put in by the BSc (Hons) in Business and Tourism Studies. I enjoyed the Friday outings and dancing
tutorial and academic staff, especially My life is not out of the ordinary. I thank the evening away. It was refreshing to get Beneﬁts ® Academic Support ® Careers Advice ® Sports/Recreation ® News and Events ® Graduate Enterprise ® Creative Industries ®
Dr Tony Auchterlounie and Mr Colin Orr. everyone who has helped me - my social involved in Bolton culture and to socialise. Design Studio ® The i-zone ® Continuing Professional Development ®
Learning and academic support have been worker, foster parents, home staff, teachers It helped us to get to know each other, and I would be interested in writing an article for the Alumni Magazine / Newsletter ®
excellent at Bolton. I would come back to and my university tutors. our tutors, personally. We tried to get our Would you be willing to be featured in our section on Graduate Careers / News Proﬁle ®
Bolton for further studies in the future. tutors African / Zambian items so that they
4. Last but not least, the joy of ﬁnding a What are your fondest memories of being at could remember us and Zambia - I hope Further Comments:
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Issue 1 | April 2007
POSTGRADUATE COURSES ADVICE DAY
Saturday 12 May 2007 10.45am - 3.00pm
Eagle Mall, Deane Campus
What happens on a Courses Advice Day?
Courses Advice Days are designed to provide information for anyone thinking of studying:
• a postgraduate course
• a continuing professional development (CPD) course
• a short course
This event is aimed speciﬁcally at postgraduate and continuing professional development applicants. It is not
suitable for undergraduate applicants.
To ﬁnd out about the courses that are available please visit our
Postgraduate and Professional Development Students webpages at
For more information contact the Student Centre 01204 903903
The University of Bolton
Please ﬁll in and cut out the reply slip above, then post it back to Penny Knipe at The University of Bolton