VIPs with degrees


There are plenty of familiar faces that have studied for degrees. Some of them will have done courses that directly relate to what they do now but others may have studied something completely different! One thing to remember is that by going into higher education, no matter what you choose to study, you will gain loads of skills that will benefit you in all aspects of your future.

Take a look at these familiar faces. Are there any that surprise you?

Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor / Drama / University of Manchester

Oti Mabuse

Dancer / Civil Engineering / Tshwane University of Technology

David Attenborough

Broadcaster / Natural Sciences / University of Cambridge

Kourtney Kardashian

Entrepreneur / Theatre and Spanish / University of Arizona

Mae Jemison

Astronaut / Chemical Engineering / Stanford University

Juan Mata


Footballer / Journalism / Universidad Politecnia de Madrid

Hannah Cockroft

Athlete / Journalism and Media / University of Coventry

Barack Obama


Former President of the United States / Political Science / University of Chicago

Donald Glover

Actor & Musician / Dramatic Writing / New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Malala Yousafzai

Activist / Philosophy, Politics and Economics / University of Oxford

Prince William

Member of the Royal Family / Geography / University of St Andrew’s

Mayim Bialik

Actor / Neuroscience / University of California

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Athlete / Psychology / University of Sheffield

Maro Itoje

Rugby Player / Politics / University of London


Jacinda Arden

Prime Minister of New Zealand / Public Relations and Political Science / University of Waikato

Tyler Oakley

YouTuber / Communications / University of Michigan

David Adjaye

Architect / Architecture / London South Bank University

Laverne Cox

Actor / Dance / Marymount Manhattan College


Louis Theroux

Journalist / History / University of Oxford

Sarah Burton

Fashion Designer / Print Fashion / Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany / Physics / University of Leipzig

Shigeru Miyamoto

Video Games Designer / Art and Design / Kanazawa Munici College


Emma Watson

Actor / English / Brown University

Harry Hill

Comedian / Neurosurgery / University of London

J Cole

Musician / Communication and Business / St John’s University

Grace Beverley

Influencer / Music / University of Oxford

Tom Hiddleston

Actor / Classics / University of Cambridge

Fatima Manji

Journalist & Newsreader / Politics / London School of Economics

Lilly Singh

YouTuber / Psychology / York University

Will Ferrell

Actor / Sports Information / University of Southern California

Rebel Wilson

Actor / Law / University of New South Wales

John Legend

Musician / English with African American Literature / University of Pennsylvania

As you can see lots of famous faces went into higher education and they got lots of benefits from doing so. Soon we’ll see you for a Year 8 visit, and we’ll spend more time in Year 8 finding out about the 50,000+ degrees available in the UK, how higher education can help you improve your social skills, life skills and job skills.

If you want a sneak peek, click through to our Year 8 home page in the box below:

Year 8 - HE familiarisation

You're now ready to take a look at our Year 8 pages. There you'll find a lot more information about higher education and student life.

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Why Study?

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