Maths graduate Neil Langmead moved to Beijing in July 2013 for work. He recently attended our alumni networking event in Beijing, which is part of our China Connect programme:
For us, the University of Bath has been so much more than a place of study and learning. My wife Abby and I met at University back in 1997, and since then, in various parts of the world, the University community has been a support network and a place where we have found both friendship and encouragement.
After leaving Bath, we stayed close by, working in the city and living near Chippenham, before relocating to Munich in Germany, and then Zürich in Switzerland. We connected with the Bath Zürich Alumni Chapter in Switzerland during our time there, making friends and meeting people who had spent time at the University.
Since moving to Beijing last July, it has been a delight to find a ready-made community of people from Bath out here to connect with and forge new relationships with. They have helped us with the moving in and settling in period that you always have when moving to a new country and adjusting to a new way of life. The benefit of having studied at Bath is that you meet people from all over the world - and that is definitely true here in China - people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.
The alumni community provides a very valuable source of advice, help and assistance. I would encourage you to join your local alumni group if one exists. If one doesn't exist, then start one so that others can benefit!
At the China Connect event in Beijing it was great to reminisce with others about the University and also see how Bath is progressively developing its international relationships and profiles.
We will always be grateful for the start given to us by being at the University of Bath, and we look forward to making new friends in this wonderful, diverse and exciting city.
Neil Langmead (BSc Mathematics 1998)