Notable Alumni of The University of Bristol

When you accept an offer to study at The University of Bristol, you are following in the footsteps of many people whose names you may already be familiar with. The University of Bristol has a long history of alumni who have excelled in their areas of expertise and are famous for their work. 

Perhaps of particular interest to students applying to The School of Economics, Finance and Management are the following alumni who have achieved great success in the world of Economics and Business: Tom Adams (the former Chairman and CEO of Rosetta Stone Inc), Sahar Hashemi (founder of Coffee Republic), Ruth Lea (Economic Advisor to The Arbuthnot Banking Group), Alfred Marshall (a founder of neoclassical economics), Baroness Noakes (Non-Executive Director of The Bank of England and Governor of the London Business School) and Sinan Al-Shibibi (former governor of the Central Bank of Iraq).

However, former University of Bristol students have become established, respected figures in a wide variety of professions – from Politics to Music, from Science to Sports. The following are just a selection of our notable alumni: 

Politics: Paul Boateng (MP/Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa), Manuel Esquivel (former Prime Minister of Belize), Sir Jonathan Evans (Head of MI5), and The Rt Hon. Theresa Villiers (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland).

Science: Philip Campbell (Astrophysicist/Editor-in- Chief of Nature Magazine), Paul Dirac (Nobel Laureate/Theoretical Physicist), Debby Reynolds (Chief Veterinary Officer for the UK), Dame Julia Slingo (Chief Scientist at The Met Office) and Geoffrey Tovey (Founder of the UK Transplant Service).

Journalism: Will Hutton (former Editor-in-Chief of The Observer), William Lewis (Editor of The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Montague (presenter of BBC Radio 4 Today programme), Susanna Reid (television journalist/presenter) and Alastair Stewart (television journalist/presenter).

Literature: Angela Carter (author The Bloody Chamber), Julia Donaldson (author The Gruffalo), Dick King-Smith (author The Sheep-Pig aka Babe), JMG Le Clezio (author/Nobel Prize Winner), Deborah Moggach (author These Foolish Things aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and David Nicholls (author, Starter For Ten).

Film and Television: Derren Brown (illusionist), Alex Cox (film director), Judy Finnigan (television presenter), Sue Lawley (television presenter), Matt Lucas (comedian), Chris Morris (comedian/satirist), Simon Pegg (comedy writer/actor), David Walliams (comedian), Emily Watson (Oscar nominated actress) and Michael Winterbottom (film director).

Music: James Blunt (singer/songwriter), James Grant (classical composer), Will Todd (classical and jazz composer/pianist) and Harriet Wheeler (musician, The Sundays).

Sport: Dave Attwood (England Rugby Union player), Kyran Bracken (England Rugby Union player), Sara Campbell (record breaking freediver), Josh Lewsey (England Rugby Union player) and Iain Percy (sailor/double Olympic gold medallist).

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