List of University of Sussex alumni

This is a list of notable alumni of the University of Sussex. Some alumni are mentioned in the main article itself.


*Hilary Benn, Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
*Ben Bradshaw, Labour Member of Parliament for Exeter, Minister of State in the Department of Health
*Simon Busuttil, Maltese Member of the European Parliament
*David Lee Camp, U.S. Republican member of the House of Representatives
*Bernard Coard, Grenadian revolutionary
*Michael Fabricant, Tory Member of Parliament for Lichfield
*Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP and shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Peter Hain, Labour Member of Parliament for Neath
*David Hallam, Member of the European Parliament, author
*Musa Hitam, Malaysian politician
*David Lepper, Labour Member of Parliament for Brighton
*Thabo Mbeki, Former President of South Africa
*Dan Norris, Labour Member of Parliament for Wansdyke, North East Somerset
*Martin Salter, Labour Member of Parliament for Reading
*Lynn Walsh, Socialist Party politician
*Alan Woods, politician and writer


*Amir Caldeira, Brazilian quantum physicist
*David Clary FRS (President, Magdalen College, Oxford)
*Ian Cullimore, computer scientist
*Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences Imperial College London
*Dimitri Nanopoulos, quantum physicist
*Mark Steedman, cognitive scientist
*Shamshad Akhtar, Governor State Bank of Pakistan


*Paul Hirst, professor
*Calestous Juma, professor
*Paul Gilroy, Professor and cultural critic
*Timothy O'Shea, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

Writers and broadcasters

*Becky Anderson, CNN correspondent and presenter
*Tommy Boyd, broadcaster
*Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Barbadian writer
*Peter Brimelow, journalist and author
*Michael Buerk, BBC journalist and newsreader
*Lord Richard Cecil, journalist and adventurer (died 1978)
*Simon Fanshawe, writer, broadcaster
*Charlotte Greig, novelist and musician
*Philippa Gregory, novelist
*Tobias Hill, novelist and poet
*Robin Lustig, broadcaster
*Sarra Manning, writer
*Ian McEwan, novelist
*Dermot Murnaghan, television presenter and journalist
*Clive Myrie, BBC journalist
*Kim Newman, journalist and writer
*Chris Paling, author
*Nigel Planer, actor, novelist, playwright
*Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue
*Julia Somerville, broadcaster
*Shirley Thomas, professor, broadcaster
*Merfyn Jones professor, historian, broadcaster, governor of the BBC and vice-chancellor of the University of Wales, Bangor
*Srđa Trifković, Serbian historian and journalist


* John Altman, award-winning film composer, music arranger, orchestrator, and conductor
* Tony Banks, keyboard player with Genesis
* Billy Idol, musician
* Jemma Griffiths, singer-songwriter (known as Jem)
* Mark Hollis, lead singer of Talk Talk
* Steve Knightley, singer-songwriter
*Beardyman, beatboxer
* Mo Foster, session musician (bass guitar)


* Jamie Shea, Spokesman and Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations of NATO
* Savenaca Siwatibau, Fijian academic leader, civil service administrator
* Jesoni Vitusagavulu, Fijian diplomat and Ambassador to the United States


* Brendan Foster, former distance runner, and founder of the Great North Run


*Maximillion Cooper, Founder of Gumball 3000
*Michael Fuller, Chief Constable of Kent Police
*A. C. Grayling, philosopher
*Henry Piper, sculptor
*Virginia Wade, Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Champion, 1977
*Bob Mortimer, comedian
*Daniel Catán, composer
*Cheung Kam Ching, philosopher
*Michael Attenborough, director
*Ayman Zohry, expert on migration studies
*Jeremy Coller, CEO of Coller Capital, a British private equity firm.
*Frankie Boyle, comedian

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