UCL alumni* have achieved outstanding success in a range of diverse fields. Here are just a few examples:
- Television and film broadcasters/writers include Jonathan Ross, Vivienne Parry , Margaret Mountford, Sir Jonathan Miller , Ricky Gervais, Andrew Davies, Bel Mooney, Jonathan Dimbleby and Christopher Nolan
- Musicians include Chris Martin and all three other members of the band Coldplay, as well as two members of the band Keane.
- Authors include linguist David Crystal, Stella Gibbons, Robert Browning, Rabindranath Tagore, Raymond Briggs and G. K. Chesterton.
- Scientists and engineers to have attended UCL include Marie Stopes, Alexander Graham Bell, Francis Crick, John Ambrose Fleming, Joseph Lister, Roger Penrose, Colin Chapman, Patrick Head, physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith and the aforementioned Bell.
- Artists, architects and designers include Antony Gormley, Phyllida Barlow, Richard Hamilton, Martin Creed, Sir William Coldstream, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Ben Nicholson and David Mlinaric.
- Politicians include Sir Stafford Cripps, William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate, the first and former prime ministers of Japan (Hirobumi Ito and Junichiro Koizumi respectively) and Chaim Herzog, the former President of Israel. Moreover, the founding father of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was a UCL graduate. Wu Tingfang (Ng Choy) was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Premier during the early days of the Republic of China. The Lord Mayor of the City of London 2008-9, Ian Luder is also an UCL alumnus.
- Prominent Law graduates include a Lord Chancellor (Lord Herschell), the former Chief Justices of England (Lord Woolf), Hong Kong (Sir Yang Ti-liang), India (A.S. Anand) and Ghana (Samuel Azu Crabbe), two Masters of the Rolls (Lord Cozens-Hardy, Sir George Jessel), as well as the Attorneys-General of England (Lord Goldsmith; Baroness Scotland), Singapore (Tan Boon Teik; Chao Hick Tin) and Gambia (Hassan Bubacar Jallow). F.T. Cheng a.k.a. Cheng T'ien-Hsi was a judge of the International Court of Justice at the Hague and was Nationalist China's last ambassador to the United Kingdom.
- Many leading journalists attended UCL including three former editors of The Economist, most notably Walter Bagehot, and two editors of The Times Literary Supplement.
- Key business people include Edwin Waterhouse (founding partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers) and both of the managing directors of the Jack Wills clothing chain.
The names listed above are just a small example of the exceptional and diverse range of alumni who have achieved outstanding success in their fields.
*Former students are considered alumni if they studied at UCL for 12 weeks or longer.