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Notable alumni


Making their mark on the world
Our graduates include politicians, sports people, academics and business leaders. The people listed here are only handful of the thousands of alumni who've used their experiences at Warwick to make their mark on the world.




Valerie Amos
(BA Sociology 1973-76

Labour politician, life peer, former Leader of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for International Development. First black woman to sit in the Cabinet.

Camila Batmanghelidjh
(BA Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts 1982–85)

Founder and director of Kids Company charity.

Read an interview with Camila

Steve Heighway
(BA Economics and Politics 1967-70)

Former footballer with Liverpool and Ireland

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David Davis
(BSc Molecular Science and Computer Science 1968–71)

Conservative MP and former Shadow Home Secretary

Anne Fine
(BA History 1965-68)

Former Children's Laureate and author of Goggle-Eyes, Flour Babies and Madame Doubtfire (filmed as Mrs Doubtfire).

Simon Mayo
(BA History and Politics 1977-80)

Award winning radio broadcaster.




Stephen Merchant
(BA Film and Literature 1993–96)

BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning writer, director, radio presenter, and comic actor.

Read an interview with Stephen

Gus O'Donnell
(BA Economics 1970-73)

Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service and now Baron O'Donnell of Clapham.

Tony Wheeler
(BSc Engineering Science 1965–69)

Founder of Lonely Planet books.

Read an interview with Tony

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