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 web pages.