Greatness has undoubtedly graced your lecture theatre.

Okay, it’s not your mate who threw up in a 9am after a mad one the night before, but, trust us, greatness has been there.

Every university has former students who have gone on to do wonderful and amazing things.

But who is your university’s greatest former student?

Check out these magnificent people from the world of business, science, sport, art and, well, pretty much everything.


John Macleod

JJR-Macleon-Aberdeen-UniversityClose second: Author Ali Smith This Scottish biochemist and physiologist has awarded the 1923 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine.for his significant role in the discovery of insulin, which has gone on to solve an untold number of lives of people with diabetes.

Anglia Ruskin University

Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and David Gilmour

Pink floyd

Close second: St. Trinian’s creator Ronald Searle

Frankly there wasn’t a lot of choice so, as one of the UK’s most recognisable rock exports, it’s not surprising that Syd Barrett and David Gilmour are Anglia Ruskin’s coolest former celebrities. Gilmour effectively replaced Barrett after the latter was turfed out the band for his increasingly erratic behaviour.

Birmingham City University

TV presenter Kirsten O’Brien

Kirsten O'BrienClose second: Comedian Frank Skinner

As a presenter on CBBC’s art show, SMart, O’Brien inspired a generation to pick up a paint brush, felt tip pen or PVA glue and get creative and what is greater than that?

Cardiff University

Welsh rugby union international Jamie Roberts

Jamie-Roberts Cardiff UniversityClose second: TV presenter Susanna Reid

That’s DOCTOR Jamie Roberts to you. The Wales and two-time Lions rugby player is not only one of the greatest player seen in the last decade but he’s also bloody clever as well. The 6ft 4in centre is already a doctor and is currently studying for a masters in medical science at Cambridge University.

Coventry University

Pauline Black

Pauline Black Coventry UniversityClose second: Titanic (and loads more) film producer Kevin de la Noy

The singer of 2-tone ska trailblazers The Selector is not just the Queen of Ska but a bloody good actor as well. The multi-talented performer helped put Coventry’s music scene on the map with tracks such as Too Much Pressure and On My Radio and won awards for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the play All Or Nothing At All.

Kingston University

Eric Clapton

eric clapton

Close second: Former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio That naughty rock star Clapton was actually kicked out of Kingston University (under its former guide of Kingston College of Art) for ‘concentrating on his music’. Lucky he did because Eric went on to win 18 Grammys and was named the second best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, pipped by (you guessed it) Jimi Hendrix.

Leeds Beckett University

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield England

Close second: Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo Leeds Rhinos great, Sinfield, is the highest point scorer for the Rhinos and in Super League history. He is also the only captain to have lead a side to three consecutive titles. In rugby league, there are few who can challenge his greatness.

Liverpool John Moores University

John Lennon

Lie In 15 -- John rehearses Give Peace A Chance

Close second: Comedian and writer Caroline Aherne No explanation is needed for this one. So instead here’s a fun fact about The Beatles legend: He was once threatened with expulsion from Liverpool College of Art for sitting on a nude model’s lap.

Loughborough University

Sebastian Coe

sebastian coe

Close second: Athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson Unsurprisingly, Loughborough’s most famous alumni comes from the world of sport. And while it was tough to pick from the multitudes they have, Sebastian Coe went on to achieve great success as the chairman for the team which organised the London 2012 Olympic games.

Sheffield Hallam University

Nick Park

Nick Park, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2007

Close second: Dame Kelly Holmes

One of Britain’s, nay the world’s, greatest ever animators. Nick Park has been nominated for six Oscars (winning four) but more importantly created Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Shaun The Sheep and Creature Comforts and delighted families around the world.

Swansea University

Alun Wyn Jones

Alun-Wyn-Jones-Swansea University

Close second: Paralympian Liz Johnson

Sportswise, Swansea can often be overshadowed by their Cardiff counterparts but the Swans do have a former student in the most important role in Welsh sport: the national rugby union captain. Alun Wyn Jones is also his country’s second most capped player and won nine caps for the British and Irish Lions.