Who is your university’s greatest former student?

Unifresher has scanned the web for the best of the best former students of your universities. Check out our full list below and let us know in the comments if you know any other legends that attended your uni.

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.

Teesside University

Sir Antony Gormley

Fly-Angel Of-The-North

Close second: Actor Jamie Dornan

Sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has produced one of Britain’s most iconic sculptures, and for that reason alone, deserves to be on this list. The Angel Of The North (above) sits in Gateshead but is known around the world.


University of the Arts London

Sir James Dyson


Close second: Photographer Rankin

It really is unfair to pick just one artist from the incredible roster of UAL but we’ve set ourselves the challenge and will stick to it. Sir James Dyson
is undoubtedly one of our most famous designers and he has managed to rework everyday household objects into something spectacular. Bloody good vacuums too.

University College London

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Ghandi

Close second: Inventor of the phone, Alexander Graham Bell

The Father Of A Nation led the Indian Independence Movement against British rule, using non-violent civil disobedience as his tactic. He inspired a number of other political leaders including Martin Luther King Jr.

University of Bath

Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla

Close second: Astronaut Anne McClain

With Bath being such a well-respected sports university you may have thought our top pick would have come from the sports world, but no. TV producer Atalla, has been responsible for some of the best love British sitcoms of recent times including The Office, The IT Crowd and People Just Do Nothing.

University of Birmingham

Sir John Vane

John Robert Vane

Close second: Nobel prize winners Maurice Wilkins, Sir Paul Nurse and Francis William Aston

Birmingham has four Nobel Prize winners which makes it very difficult to pick just one, but we have. Sir John led the way in discovering how aspirin reduces-pain. Something we can all get behind.


One thought on “Who is your university’s greatest former student?

  1. Coldplay also met at UCL!! The song Fix You’d line ‘Lights will guide you home’ is about the BT and it’s closeness to a UCl Hall called Ramsay Hall

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