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After graduation you can continue to be involved with the UCL community through events and communications, and access a range of benefits.

The UCL community

In addition to joining an international list of distinguished graduates, UCL offers a series of award-winning professional networking events specifically designed to help new graduates embark on their careers.

Staying in touch

All our alumni are entitled to receive a free benefits card which provides you with discounts for London travel and accommodation, and gives you continued access to UCL's bars and libraries.

We like to keep our alumni up-to-date with all our news through regular e-newsletters and the annual alumni magazine Portico. We'll also keep you informed about our various campaigns, raising money in support of UCL's most significant priorities and engaging our global communiity with UCL students, staff and projects.

Many student societies and departments organise their own events where alumni speak about careers, lead workshops, judge student competitions and even take part in an annual sports battle.

UCL is a hard place to leave but our alumni are always welcomed back!

A global community

UCL alumni
Arthur Kay

Arthur Kay

UCL graduate Arthur Kay, won the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2014, winning 500,000 towards the expansion of his business, bio-bean.

We count Nobel Prize winners, poets, novelists, BAFTA winners, Olympians, inventors and Turner prize-winning artists among our graduates.

Our international alumni groups connect local communities of professionals, achievers and influencers who share your links with UCL.

UCL currently has alumni living in 190 different countries worldwide and we have groups of alumni volunteers in over 50 countries across the globe, from Japan to the USA - making it easy to maintain friendships and make new connections.

If you're looking to get in touch with your fellow graduates in the UK or overseas, we can help you organise reunions or recommend a volunteer alumni group in your area. These groups organise regular get-togethers, including special 'send-off' and 'welcome back' events either side of your degree.

Notable alumni

Television, film and music

  • Jeremy Bowen: journalist, BBC Middle East Editor (History 1982)
  • Ricky Gervais: comedian, actor, writer of The Office (Philosophy 1985)
  • Chris Martin (Ancient World Studies 1999), Guy Berryman (Mechanical Engineering 1997), Jonny Buckland (Mathematics and Astronomy 1999), Will Champion (Anthropology 1999): members of the band Coldplay

Authors

  • Robert Browning: author of The Pied Piper of Hamlin (Greek 1829)
  • Raymond Briggs: illustrator, cartoonist and creator of The Snowman (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1957)
UCL alumni
Ito Hirobumi

Ito Hirobumi

Ito Hirobumi (far right) became the first Prime Minister of Japan (1863), a post he held four times.

Scientists and engineers

  • Alexander Graham Bell: inventor of the telephone (1870)
  • Marie Stopes: pioneer of women's rights (Botany and Geology 1902)

Artists, architects and designers

  • Sir Quentin Blake: artist and illustrator; first children's Laureate (English PGCE 1957)
  • Wayne Hemingway: designer and joint founder of Red or Dead (Geography 1982)
  • Rachel Whiteread: sculptor and winner of the 1993 Turner Prize (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1987)

Politicians

  • Ito Hirobumi: first Prime Minister of Japan (1863)
  • Baroness Shreela Flather: first female Asian peer (Law 1955)

Sports

  • David Gower: former England cricket captain (Law 1976)
  • James Cracknell OBE: two-time Olympic gold medal winning rower (Secondary Geography PGCE 1995)
  • Christine Ohuruogu: 400m Olympic gold medallist (Linguistics 2005)
  • Rob Williams: Olympic silver medallist (2012), lightweight men's coxless four (Biotechnology 2006)
UCL alumni
Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu won the gold medal in the 400-metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but not before completing a Linguistics degree in 2005.