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
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.
City University London
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 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
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
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.
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