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Notable alumni


Stephen Merchant

BA Film and Literature 1993–96

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

Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson

BA History and Politics 1988-91

Current President of Iceland, former historian and academic.

Andrew Haldane

MA Economics 1988-89

Chief Economist and the Executive Director of Monetary Analysis and Statistics at the Bank of England.

Ruth Jones

BA Theatre Studies 1985-88

Creator of Gavin and Stacey, TV and radio actress and comedian.

Simon Mayo

BA History and Politics 1977-80

Award-winning radio broadcaster.

Sir Bob Kerslake

BSc Mathematics 1973-76

Former head of the Civil Service.

Baroness 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.

Sir Gus O’Donnell

BA Economics 1970-73

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

Leslie Valiant

PhD Computer Science, 1971-73

Computer scientist and ACM Turing Award winner.

Oliver Hart

MA Economics 1969-71

Expert economist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2016.

Frank Skinner

MA in English Literature, 1982

Comedian, actor and writer

Sally Nicholls

Philosophy and Literature, 2002–05

Prize-winning children’s author whose novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in 2008