The University of York has a number of alumni who are notable for a wide variety of different achievements. We are very proud to be connected with notable alumni and also highlight a selection of graduates who are making or who have made a unique contribution to the world. If you feel we have missed someone off this list please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or why not nominate them for our 50@50 campaign which aims to highlight those who helped make York great?
- Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE (Politics, Derwent)
British professor and a life peer in the House of Lords.
- Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall (Philosophy and Sociology, Derwent)
British arts consultant, theatre executive and Labour politician.
- Adam Hart-Davis (Chemistry PhD)
British scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster.
- Christine Hamilton (Sociology, Goodricke)
Television personality and author.
- Michael Young (Politics, Vanbrugh)
Facilitated the end of apartheid in South Africa.
- Peter Hitchens (Philosophy and Politics, Alcuin)
British columnist and author.
- Nicholas Wapshott (Politics and Sociology, Goodricke)
Prominent British journalist and writer.
- Aníbal Cavaco Silva (Economics, Alcuin, 1973)
Currently President of Portugal and former prime-minister for 10 years.
- Greg Dyke (Politics, Derwent)
Journalist, broadcaster and ex Director-General of the BBC.
- Sir Colville Norbert Young (Linguistics PhD, Vanbrugh)
Governor-General of Belize.
- John Witherow (History, Langwith)
Acting Editor of The Times.
- Peter Lord CBE (English, Vanbrugh)
British film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for Wallace & Gromit.
- Denise O'Donoghue OBE (Politics, Vanbrugh)
British television production company executive.
- Victoria Barnsley OBE (English)
UK CEO of HarperCollins.
- Steve Richards (History, Alcuin)
British TV presenter and chief political columnist for the Independent newspaper.
- Bryan Elsley (English and History, Alcuin)
Television writer, known most notably for the co-creation of E4 teen drama Skins.
- Jung Chang (Language, Derwent)
A Chinese-born British writer now living in London, best known for her family autobiography Wild Swans, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide but banned in mainland China.
- Harry Enfield (Politics, Derwent)
BAFTA winning British comedian, actor and writer and director.
- Mark Russell (Music, Derwent)
- Sigrid Rausing (History, Langwith)
Swedish philanthropist, anthropologist and publisher.
- Sally Wainwright (English, Langwith)
BAFTA nominated television writer and playwright.
- Richard Harpin (Economics, Wentworth)
Founder of Homeserve, one of the UK's largest home emergency businesses.
- Susanna Gross (Philosophy and English, Goodricke)
Book Editor of the Mail on Sunday.
- Tanya Byron (Psychology, Vanbrugh)
British psychologist, writer and media personality, best known for her work as a child therapist on television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
- Willi Geiger (Computer Science BSc, Music Technology MSc, Derwent)
Special effects designer for films including Star Wars, Terminator, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter series.
- Richard Hollingham (Applied and Environmental Biology, Alcuin, 1991) BBC science presenter, author and writer.
- Mahmoud Mohieldin (Economics MSc)
Managing Director of the World Bank Group.
- Verity Sharp (Music, Vanbrugh)
BBC Radio Three presenter.
- Sarah Gavron (English, Wentworth)
British film director, best known for Brick Lane.
- Zoe Lyons (Psychology, Wentworth)
Award nominated British comedienne.
- James Callis (English and Related Literature, Derwent)
Actor, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Dr. Gaius Baltar in Battlestar Galactica, won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role.
- Richard Coyle (Politics, Derwent)
Actor, Coupling and Going Postal
- Paul Mealor (Music, Alcuin)
- Michael Brothwell (History, Derwent)
Presenter at BBC Radio York.