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5 Famous People Who Surprisingly Studied At A London University

Posted by The ATP Advisors on Oct 7, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Are you thinking about pursuing a degree in London? As an international student, you may not be familiar with all our London based university partners.

However, you may be surprised to learn that they have graduated many prestigious and successful people who have played pivotal roles in their respective fields. Here are 5 highly influential and famous people who have studied at London universities:

1. Desmond Tutu

King’s College London

5 famous people who studied at a London university

Desmond Tutu is a Nobel Peace Laureate (1984) and former Archbishop of South Africa. An Anglican Bishop, he became a role model by maintaining a non-violent stance during South Africa’s brutal apartheid struggles.

He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology at King’s College London in the 1960s. Here, he was able to learn from the expertise of his King’s professors, as well as use his time as a valuable opportunity for debate.

2. Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi (Mahatma Ghandi)

City University London

Ghandi, UK university graduate

Mahatma Ghandi graduated from the Inns of Court School of Law at City University London in 1891 and went on to advocate and the lead the independence movement in India.

His political views and belief in non-violence caused him to become one of the major political and spiritual leaders of his time.

3. Margaret Thatcher

City University London

Margaret Thatcher, London university grad

Margaret Thatcher was one of the longest serving and first female Prime Minister in Great Britain.

In 1952, before embarking on her enormously successful political career, she studied law at City University London. Thatcher served three consecutive terms while in office.

4. Helen Mirren

Middlesex University

Dame Helen Mirren, studied at Middlesex University

Dame Helen Mirren studied at Middlesex University London. She is a seasoned and well-respected actress who won an Academy Award for her role as Elizabeth II in The Queen, in 2006.

Mirren is also highly regarded for her theatre work in London, especially with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

5. Vivienne Westwood

Middlesex University

Vivian Westwood, UK university grad

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a fashion designer, who attended Middlesex University. She is one of the most respected designers in the fashion industry and considered pivotal in introducing punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream.

She has boutiques around the world and has designed for British royalty, actors and actresses.

Be the next famous student!

Across the Pond’s partner universities can provide you with the resources you need in order to start the road to success. Interested in learning more? Contact an Across the Pond advisor today and ask about the 10 London universities we currently partner with! And don't forget to download our eBook below, full of all the essential information if you're considering becoming a London student.

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Topics: London