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
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
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.
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
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.
Alun Wyn Jones
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.