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Alumni

UCL students are part of a diverse and talented global community for life. The UCL experience extends far beyond studying. After graduation you can continue to be involved with the UCL community through events and communications, and access a range of benefits.

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 People. You’ll also be able to join our web community and dedicated social networks, to help you stay in touch with friends.

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

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 180 different countries worldwide and we have groups of alumni volunteers in 61 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.

Supporting your future career

As a student at UCL you will have many opportunities to engage with our alumni and learn from them. Prominent alumni regularly come back to lead panel discussions, workshops and share their experiences and advice about their careers.

After graduation you’ll continue to have access to careers support through UCL Connect, the professional development series for alumni. Provided you keep your details up-to-date, you’ll receive invites to a range of events and activities – from speed networking to live LinkedIn chats with industry experts.

Through our community of alumni volunteers, you’ll have access to:

  • free online careers mentoring – accessible year round, no matter where you are, with nearly 500 registered alumni mentors
  • UCL’s award-winning professional networking events – a great opportunity to find out how to break into an industry sector and quiz alumni professionals
  • your UCL virtual network – the UCL LinkedIn Alumni Group now has over 5,000 members and you can connect with alumni on Facebook and Twitter.
  • UCL Alumni Relations website

Anna Miles, Third Year, Biochemistry BSc

Anna Miles

"I’m particularly motivated and fascinated by the translational nature of my degree with regard to human health.

This summer, I carried out an internship with UCL’s Structural Immunology Group on a project entitled ‘Role of the molecular interactions between Complement C3d and Factor H in regulating the complement cascade of innate immunity’.

I gained confidence within the laboratory, the work has complemented my undergraduate studies, and most importantly, it was an extremely enjoyable experience, albeit challenging at times.

My expectations of working in a laboratory were continually surpassed and I was exposed to a variety of biophysical techniques that extend well beyond my undergraduate studies."

Notable alumni

Television, film and music

  • Ricky Gervais: comedian, actor, writer of The Office (Philosophy 1985)
  • Jeremy Bowen: journalist, BBC Middle East Editor (History 1982)
  • 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) Scientists and engineers
  • Marie Stopes: pioneer of women’s rights (Botany and Geology 1902)
  • Alexander Graham Bell: inventor of the telephone (1870)

Artists, architects and designers

  • Wayne Hemingway: designer and joint founder of Red or Dead (Geography 1982)
  • Rachel Whiteread: sculptor and winner of the 1993 Turner Prize (UCL SladeSchool 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)
  • Rob Williams: Olympic silver medallist (2012), lightweight men’s coxless four (Biotechnology 2006)
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It only really became apparent how well-regarded UCL’s Linguistics Department is when I left to complete a one-year Master’s degree

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...being in the heart of London meant I was able to combine my studies with a part-time job at the BBC in London.

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