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					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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the university?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.knipe@bolton.ac.uk
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:
parking space in the free car park next to          University of Bolton/Bolton Institute?              they treasure them. Being at the University
Eagle library – happy memories!                     My fondest memory is the Bolton welcome             of Bolton has been a really worthwhile          Data Protection
                                                    and that I got the opportunity to study.            experience.                                     Your personal details will be recorded in our database and will be subject to the provision of the Data Protection Act 1998. They will be used for mailing purposes for Development Office activities and university promotions.
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                                                    I played football and field hockey and I made
                                                    many friends and had many experiences that
                                                    will remain with me for life.

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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

                                          Penny Knipe
                                          Development Office
                                          The University of Bolton
                                          Deane Road
                                          BL3 5YZ

Please fill in and cut out the reply slip above, then post it back to Penny Knipe at The University of Bolton