Errol Baptiste

Founder/Inventor/Author, Great Fire of London Trail Game App, London

Diploma of Higher Education, 2000

What made you choose Middlesex University?:

It was a unique opportunity! I mainly chose Middlesex University because it offered me the chance to study the course I wanted. The rich variety of topics covered by the programme's modules also contributed to my decision.

What course did you study and what attracted you to that course?:

It was the mixture of History, Geography, Humanities and Third World Studies along with an additional subject of Sociology that fascinated me.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy the most?:

The content’s layout was very clear and useful. I have also enjoyed the module Introduction to Heritage Studies in April, 1996.

What is your fondest memory of Middlesex?:

My fondest memory of Middlesex reflects the unique opportunity of doing a semester abroad for the International Law module. I gained experience with United Nations Universal Declarations on Human Rights plus the International Labour Organisation on Workers’ Rights as part of a placement at the University of Cape Town in South Africa during the 1997/1998 academic year.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?:

Be yourself and never give up on your dreams! Set your goals and be consistent in achieving them. Stick to your dreams and goals. Most importantly, be patient and do things one by one, step by step.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?:

The course and time at Middlesex University had a great impact on my evolution towards becoming a Creative Entrepreneur, the author of five books, and an actor with 15 years .

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?:

Due to the unique background as an anti-racist campaigner and a former anti-apartheid activist, I had the opportunity to develop my acting career alongside starting my journey as an author back in early 2002.

What has been your defining career break of highlight to date?:

On the 70th Anniversary of the Windrush Empire’s arrival in Britain (June 30, 2018) I was interviewed by BEN TV SKY 175. More recently (September 30, 2018) I was interviewed by One Caribbean Network in London based on Windrush’s contribution of rebuilding Britain after the Second World War.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?:

1. Don't give up!

2. Keep moving onto the right path even if it is challenging!

3. Know what you want to achieve and be consistent!

What skills have been most valuable in your career so far and how have you developed these ?:

I have more than 15 years of acting credits to my name including commercial, film, theatre, TV, and voice-over for clients such as Heathrow Airport. I am a creative entrepreneur and the author of the books My Story Invention on the Great Fire of London Trail Game, Them and Us, Innovative on the Virtual Reality Windrush's Journey plus Innovation on the London Landmarks Half Marathon Trail Game and Invention of the Poppy Gloves. My latest publications are Arrival Journey 100 Years of British Airways 1919-2019 Innovation on the British Airways Journey Trail Game and Beginning Journey 500 Years of Royal Mail 1516-2016.

Are there any tips you can give international students looking to move abroad to study?:

Always be open to new opportunities. If the choices to move abroad to study comes up, it is a World Class chance, so take it!

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