Undergraduate prospectus 2021


The UCL community

As a UCL student, you become a lifelong member of a truly global community. Our extraordinary alumni, with their bold, brilliant and inquisitive minds, go on to discover and achieve remarkable things.

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

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's Alumni Online Community is an exclusive UCL network with thousands of volunteer alumni mentors who are willing to support you. Whether you are seeking professional advice to perfect your CV or want to explore a particular career path, all students and alumni can take advantage of UCL's powerful global network of experienced alumni volunteers.

UCL currently has alumni living in more than 190 countries worldwide and we have groups of alumni volunteers in over 50 countries across the globe. There are dedicated industry networks and international groups 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

Arthur Kay

Arthur Kaye
Co-founded by Arthur Kay (Architecture 2013) bio-bean - suppliers of biofuel made from discarded coffee grounds - has gone from strength to strength, most recently working with Shell on a project to power London's buses more sustainably.

Nafisa Bakkar

Nafisa Bakkar, graduated in Natural Sciences 2014, co-founder of Amaliah
Nafisa Bakkar (Natural Sciences 2014) co-founded Amaliah, a media platform amplifying the voices of Muslim women, with over 300 contributors. Named as a top entrepreneur under 30 by Forbes Magazine in 2016.

Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuorogu
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.

Television, film and music

  • Jeremy Bowen: journalist, BBC Middle East Editor (History 1982)
  • Ricky Gervais: comedian, actor, writer of The Office (Philosophy 1985)
  • Christopher Nolan, Oscar-nominated director of Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk (English Literature 1993)
  • 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

Scientists and engineers

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


    • 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)

    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)



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


          • 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)