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.
Professor Roy Ascott
Director of the Planetary Collegium and DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts at the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai. He is also Doctor Honoris Causa, Ionian University, Corfu; Honorary Professor, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Honorary Professor West London University (BA Hons Fine Art 1959)
Read Roy Ascott's full profile.
Publisher, editor and writer (Engligh Literature 1978)
Read Neil Astley's full profile.
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.
Professor Sir John Burn
Professor of Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University (BSc Human Genetics 1973, MBBS 1976, MD 1991)
Read Professor Sir John Burn'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.
Professor Sarah Hainsworth
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University (BEng Science of Engineering Materials 1989, PhD Factors Influencing the Tribology of Ceramic Surfaces 1993)
Read Professor Sarah Hainsworth's full profile.
Founder of AllBright and former CEO at Hearst Magazines UK (BA International Business Management 1997)
‘My time at Newcastle gave me an excellent foundation to build upon”
Read Anna Jones' full profile
Dr Rashida Karmali
Founder, CEO and President of Tactical Therapeutics, a clinical stage biotechnology company which is developing patented cancer drugs (PhD Biochemistry 1976)
Read Dr Rashida Karmali's full profile.
British Labour Party politician (BA Hons Politics 2001)
Read Lisa Nandy's 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.
CEO of ReachLocal, a leading online marketing company that helps local businesses. Ms. Rowlands also serves on the board of directors for the Local Search Association as well as global software company Pegasystems (BA Hons History 1980)
Read Sharon Rowlands's 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.
Miriam Stoppard OBE
Doctor, author, television presenter and advice columnist (MBBS 1961, MD 1966, Hon DCL 2004)
"In terms of my medical career I owe Newcastle, the RVI and my professors everything."
Read Miriam Stoppard'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 Townsend OBE is the Commercial Director at Chelsea Football Club, responsible for all of their commerical programmes including global sponsorship, ticketing, licensing and merchandise (BSc Geography 1977)
Read Chris Townsend's full profile.
Professor Sir Doug Turnbull
Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Disease at Newcastle University (MBBS 1976, MD, PhD 1983)
Read Professor Sir Doug Turnbull's full profile.