With the recent launch of the York College Alumni association it was fantastic to welcome graduates from York College and their counterparts at the University of York, York St John University and Askham Bryan College to Higher York’s second alumni networking event, held in the Belmont Room at Betty’s tea rooms.
The event was attended by the Sheriff of York Councillor Brian Watson and the Sherriff’s Lady. He spoke about York’s yearly intake of 22,000 higher education students benefitting the city’s economic, social and cultural contributions saying: “Many graduates choose to stay in the city once they have their degree and continue to contribute to York’s prosperity. Former students are leading and working in some of York’s top organisations, starting businesses, running classes and youth groups, and raising families in the city.”
The guest speaker was local entrepreneur graduate Dom Smith, a former graduate from York St John University who often works with students at York College. Dom won the National Diversity Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence in 2012 and carried the Paralympic Flame for York that year. He runs his own online and print music magazine Soundsphere and works as part of the Disabled Entrepreneurs and Creative Condition networks. Dom is also an Enterprise UK and NYBEP STEM Ambassador and conducts regular workshops and talks around the country about entrepreneurship, media and journalism. Delighted to be asked to speak at the Higher York Alumni event, he said: “The alumni event provided a great opportunity to make new connections and meet graduates from all the colleges and universities in York. There’s such a rich diversity of people who choose to stay in the city after completing their studies and this creates a great environment for emerging businesses such as my own”.