Here we celebrate many of our outstanding alumni and recognise their noted achievements.
This list is not exhaustive and if you know of somebody who you think should be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rowan Atkinson CBE
Successful actor, comedian and screenwriter (BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1975)
Rowan Atkinson is a well-loved actor and comedian best known for his work on sitcoms Blackadder and Mr Bean.
Read Rowan Atkinson CBE's full profile.
Andy Bird CBE
British film producer and executive (BA English Language & Literature 1986)
As chairman, Walt Disney International, Andy Bird is responsible for Disney’s businesses outside of the United States.
Read Andy Bird CBE's full profile.
President of International Markets for MasterCard (MSc Medical Statistics 1979)
Before her move to the banking industry Ann worked as a research engineer as the first woman in Britain to work offshore on gas platforms.
Read Ann Cairn's full profile.
Dr Chiau Beng Choo
Former CEO of Keppel Corporation Limited (BSc Naval Architecture 1970, MSc Naval Architecture 1971, Hon DCL 2009)
Read Dr Chiau Beng Choo's full profile.
Architect, presenter and writer (BA Architectural Studies 1995, Cert Architectural Practice 1996)
George’s TV career came about when he approached a literary agent after being asked to write a book about architecture.
Read George Clarke's full profile.
His Excellency Alexander John Gosse Downer AC
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (BA Politics & Economics 1974, Hon DCL 2001)
'My best memories of Newcastle University revolve around the camaraderie of campus life.'
Read His Excellency Alexander John Gosse Downer AC's full profile.
Deemster David Doyle
First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls of the Isle of Man (Law, 1981)
'I still vividly remember, during my first week at Newcastle University, being shown how to get the best out of a law library and picking up a law report and reading a judgment.'
Read Deemster David Doyle's full profile.
Sir Terry Farrell CBE
Architect Planner (Architecture, 1960)
'I studied architecture in my home town Newcastle. I am greatly indebted to the combination of one of the world's best architectural cities, a great university campus and some inspiring teachers.'
Read Sir Terry Farrell's full profile.
Bryan Ferry CBE
Singer songwriter (BA Fine Art 1968, Hon DMus 2014)
'My four years at Newcastle University Fine Art Department were crucial in my development as an artist and musician.'
Read Bryan Ferry's full profile.
Business Leader (PhD Geochemistry, 1970)
'Newcastle gave me both intellectual freedom and strong support as the framework within which to complete my doctorate. This combination laid a foundation that has endured for the rest of my working life.'
Read Chris Gibson-Smith's full profile.
Robert Goodwill MP
From December 2015-2016 Mr Goodwill MP stood Minister of State for Transport and prior to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport. Mr Goodwill MP has been appointed as Minister of State for immigration in the Home Office in 2016.
Read Robert Goodwill MP's full profile.
Teresa Graham CBE
Influential accountant and SME champion (BA English Literature 1977)
"My degree from Newcastle University and the confidence it provided enabled me to enter the world of work with ease and put me on the road to a career which has brought me the greatest happiness and success."
Read Teresa Graham's full profile.
CEO at Hearst Magazines UK, including brands such as Cosmpolitan, Elle, Esquire and Red (BA International Business Management 1997)
‘My time at Newcastle gave me an excellent foundation to build upon”
Read Anna Jones' full profile
TV producer (Politics and Economics)
'I owe so much to the university and to the academic staff who nurtured and grew my academic interests and inspired me to believe in myself.'
Read Dianne Nelmes' full profile.
Former CEO at Lloyd's Register & Marine Industry Leader (BSc Naval Architecture 1979, Hon DCL 2009)
'The University’s student body prepared me well for business life and for dealing with a diverse range of people from all over the world.'
Read Richard Sadler's full profile.
Artist (Art, 1968 to 1972)
'My time at Newcastle was inspirational. The university itself is of the first rank. The countryside that surrounds it, with uninhibited beaches of great beauty, and the rolling hills that frame this institution make it unique.'
Read Sean Scully's full profile.
Professor Sir Eric Thomas
Former Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network and President of Universities UK (MB BS 1976, MD (Medicine MB BS) 1987)
Sir Eric Thomas retired as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol in August 2015.
Read Professor Sir Eric Thomas' full profile.
Chris Townsend OBE
Chris oversees a £1 billion investment in improving broadband access, was Commerical Director for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic games and led the launch and marketing of the Oyster card (BSc Geography 1977)
Read Chris Townsend's full profile.