Who is your university’s greatest former student?

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.

King’s College London

Virginia Woolf

George Charles Beresford - Virginia Woolf in 1902 - RestorationClose (joint) second: Theoretical phycisit Peter Higgs and poet John Keats Literary heavyweight and influential feminist, Virginia Woolf penned a number of ground-breaking tales such as To The Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway. She is one of Britain’s greatest ever writers, pioneering the modernist movement. ‘Nuff said.



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