Notable alumni

Upon graduation, Surrey students become part of Forever Surrey, our network of alumni across the globe.

Our alumni make a valuable contribution to international research, industry and the arts, and include leaders in a range of fields, from entrepreneurs and policy-makers to CEOs and Oscar award-winners.

How our alumni help

Every year, a large number of alumni come back to campus to offer their support – from mentoring and offering placements to giving talks and running career workshops.

This is invaluable for our students, who gain unique industry insight, as well as advice, tips and guidance, which ultimately helps them make decisions about their future.

Some of our notable alumni

Chris Benstead, Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (2004)

Chris graduated from the highly regarded Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) course and has since achieved considerable success in the film industry.

He won an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards for his role as music editor and sound re-recording mixer for Gravity, along with the BAFTA for best sound.

Chris has collaborated with some of the best-known directors, including Sir Ridley Scott, Paul Greengrass and Sir Kenneth Branagh. He has also worked on movies such as Black SwanRise of the Planet of the Apes and Thor.

Alison Palin, Hotel and Catering Management BSc (1984)

Alison has enjoyed a successful 30 years in the hospitality industry and was appointed General Manager of the Waldorf Hilton in London last year.

She started her career at Trust House Forte Hotels as front-of-house manager, before joining Ladbroke Wembley Plaza, which then became part of the Hilton group.

Since then Alison has worked across numerous Hilton hotels culminating in being General Manager of Hilton Montreal Airport, Hilton London Kensington and Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Mohan Maheswaran, Electronic & Electrical Engineering BSc (1985)

After graduating from Surrey, Mohan worked as design engineer with STC and spent the next eight years with different companies, including Hewlett Packard and Texas Instruments with whom he transferred to their Dallas officer in 1994.

He is now President and CEO of Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, which has 31 offices worldwide in 14 different countries.

Forever Surrey

Explore our alumni website to discover more about what our graduates go on to achieve and how you can get involved.