The University of Leeds alumni can be found in all professions across the world from Nobel laureates and newspaper editors; politicians and policy makers; entertainers and entrepreneurs; High Court judges, scientists, faith leaders – and even an astronaut. Some of eminent Leeds alumni include:
- Nicola Mendelsohn (English Literature and Theatre Studies) Vice-President of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa;
- Craig Jordan (PhD, DSc Pharmacology) Chief developer of breast cancer drug tamoxifen;
- Piers Sellers, OBE (PhD Biometeorology) – NASA astronaut;
- Alistair Brownlee MBE (Sports Science and Physiology) – World No. 1 Triathlete and Olympic Gold medallist;
- Elizabeth Price, (Fine Art) Turner Prize winning artist;
- Jane Featherstone (German and History) – Managing Director of Kudos Film and TV, and Executive producer of Spooks;
- Colin Needham (Computer Science) Founder and CEO of IMDb (The Internet Movie Database);
- Alistair McGowan (English) – actor and impressionist;
- Keir Starmer (Law) – Director of Public Prosecutions;
- Wole Soyinka (English) – Nobel prize-winning playwright.
You can find out more about our alumni community on our webpages.