Notable Alumni

  • The university has over 30,000 alumni in our worldwide community, here are some notable former students who have gone on to have successful and interesting careers. Are we missing anyone? Please contact us if there is someone who studied with us you know of that should be listed.

    Willie Rennie MSP
    Leader at Scottish Liberal Democrats
    BSc Biology, 1989

    Gavin Hastings, OBE
    Former Scotland rugby union player
    BSc Land Economics, 1984

    Fiona Godsman
    CEO, Scottish Institute for Enterprise
    BSc (Hons) Biology, Biochemistry, 1984

    John Cochrane
    Concorde test pilot and aviator

    Sheelagh McLaren
    Sports Reporter at STV News
    PgDip Broadcast Journalism, 2001

    Bob Davidson
    Programme Director - Developing the Young Workforce, West Region 
    BA Economics and Marketing, 1990

    Ali Hunter
    Assistant Editor Political Programmes BBC Scotland
    PgDip Broadcast Journalism, 2006 

    Lucy Whyte
    Journalist at STV News
    PgDip, Broadcast Journalism, 2008

  • The Rt Hon. the Lord McFall of Alcluith
    Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
    BSc Chemistry, 1968

    Les Hutchison
    Retired Vice Chairman of ShawCor Ltd, Canada 
    Electrical Engineering, 1974, HS Control Systems and Maths, 1975

    Kirsty Gilmour
    Badminton silver medal winner at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
    BA Creative Industries Practice, 2015

    Darryl Broadfoot
    Head of Communications at Scottish Football Association
    Journalism, Communication, 2000

    Irene Barkby, MBE
    Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, NHS Lanarkshire
    BA Nursing, 1998, EMBA, 2011

    Dr Shamshad Akhtar
    Assistant Secretary General, Dept of Economic and Social Affairs and Senior Advisor to SG, United Nations
    PhD, Development of Economics, 1980

    Steve Callan
    Managing Director of Goodrich Aerostructures
    Mechanical Engineering, 1984, EMBA, 2002

    Lesley Dalziel
    Group Finance Director at Axle Group Holdings
    MBA, 2005

    Donald Riley
    Vice President of Engineering & Innovation at Lancer Corporation San Antonio ,Texas
    BA Business Management, 1997

    Aileen Neilson
    Scottish wheelchair curler and bronze medal winner at the 2014 Winter Paralympics
    BEd (Hons), 1993

    Tracey Forbes Rice
    Vice President, Software Business Development at SunGard Availability Services
    BA Information Systems, 1994

    Majid Haq
    Scottish cricketer
    Accounting

  • Honorary Degrees

    The University confers honorary degrees on persons of distinction - for a full list please go here.

  • Get in touch

    Alumni and Development
    External Engagement
    University of the West of Scotland
    Paisley, PA1 2BE
    Tel: + 44 (0) 141 848 3733
    Email: alumni@uws.ac.uk