Colin Appleby

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Other Industries
Job title: Retired
Subject of study: Mathematics
Year of graduation: 1969
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name


What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I worked in the UK for about 10 years and emigrated to Canada in 1979. I worked for a number of organizations in Toronto and retired 12 years ago 

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Not sure I can give an accurate answer. I spent much of my career in senior management roles and I enjoyed the responsibility that went along with that.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I played for the University football team – three years in the first team. My picture is I believe is still on the University web site – the 1969 team is shown there (I was the goalkeeper). I also played on the University tennis team. 

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Graduation and the ceremony. The fact I got an advanced degree which had been my ambition while at high school.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Great campus and I met a lot of friends

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

It was my first choice and I got the necessary A level grades. 

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

As a math student I have always been “good with numbers” and a good critical thinker. 

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Do what I did and emigrate to Canada!!! 

What are your plans for the future?

Lie as long as I can and enjoy my retirement.


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