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List of famous alumni from Swansea University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Swansea University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Swansea University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Swansea University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Swansea University.

The list you're viewing is made up of graduates like Alun Wyn Jones and Richey Edwards.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Swansea University?” and “Which celebrities are Swansea University alumni?”

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Richey Edwards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Lyricist Richard James Edwards was a Welsh musician who was lyricist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. He was known for his politicised and intellectual ...more

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Wayne David is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Politician Wayne David is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Caerphilly since 2001. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office from 2008 to ...more

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Jason Mohammad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Journalist, Presenter Jason Mohammad is a Welsh radio and television presenter.

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Gareth Baber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Rugby Player, Coach Gareth Baber is a Welsh former rugby footballer and now a rugby union coach. He is the current coach of the Hong Kong national rugby sevens team. During his playing career Baber earned a Blue ...more

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Nicky Wire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Bassist, Musician, Lyricist Nicholas Allen Jones, known as Nicky Wire, is the lyricist, bassist and occasional vocalist with the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.

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Ian Buckett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Rugby Player Ian Martin Buckett is a former international rugby union front row forward who played for Swansea and London Welsh and played county rugby for North Wales. He was a championship winning player, ...more

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Andy Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist Andrew "Andy" Hopper CBE FRS FREng FIET is the Professor of Computer Technology and Head of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, ...more

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Hywel Francis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Politician Dr Hywel Francis is a Welsh Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Aberavon from 2001 to 2015.

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Peter Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Peter Black Politician Peter Black is a Welsh Liberal Democrat politician, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for the South Wales West Region.

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Lorely Burt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Lorely Burt Politician Lorely Jane Burt is a British politician and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Solihull.

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Mat Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Mat Johnson Novelist, Author, Writer Mat Johnson is an American writer of literary fiction who works in both prose and the comics format. In 2007, he was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States Artists

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Glyn Berry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Diplomat Glyn Raymond Berry was a Canadian diplomat killed in a car bomb attack in Afghanistan. He was the first Canadian diplomat to be killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Two other civilians were ...more

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Graham Ryder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Geologist Graham Ryder was an English geologist and lunar scientist. He was educated at the University of Wales, Swansea, receiving his BSc in 1970. He then earned a PhD in geology from Michigan State ...more

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Ramzi Yousef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Ramzi Yousef is one of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434, and a co-conspirator in the Bojinka plot. In 1995, he was arrested ...more

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Dewi Zephaniah Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Philosopher Dewi Zephaniah Phillips, known as D. Z. Phillips, Dewi Z, or simply DZ, was a leading proponent of Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion. He had an academic career spanning five decades, and at ...more

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Jonathan Elphick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Jonathan Elphick Author Jonathan Elphick is a natural history author, editor and consultant. He is an eminent ornithologist, a qualified zoologist; Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and a Fellow of the Linnean ...more

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Jon Latimer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Jon Latimer Historian, Writer Jonathan David Latimer was an historian and writer based in Wales. His books include Operation Compass 1940, Tobruk 1941, Deception in War, Alamein, Burma: The Forgotten War and 1812: War with ...more

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Mike Hooper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Mike Hooper Footballer Michael Dudley "Mike" Hooper is a former professional goalkeeper. He was most notable for his spell with Liverpool, where he mainly operated as an understudy to Bruce Grobbelaar. He ...more

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Nicholas D. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Actor Nicholas D. Cooper is an English actor. Cooper was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire to Daud Cooper and Consuelas Heel. He has a younger brother, Wimancini. Cooper is a third-generation ...more

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Geoffrey Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Geoffrey Price Thomas was President of Kellogg College, Oxford and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008. He was educated at Maesteg Grammar School, ...more

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Nigel Evans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Politician Nigel Martin Evans is a British politician. Since 1992 he has been Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley constituency, representing the Conservative Party until 2013, when he became an ...more

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John Meurig Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Sir John Meurig Thomas FLSW FRS HonFREng is a Welsh chemist and educator primarily known for his work on heterogeneous catalysis, solid-state chemistry, and surface and materials science. Thomas ...more

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Rod Richards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Presenter Roderick Richards is a British former politician who was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Clwyd North West, in Wales, from 1992 to 1997, when he lost his seat in the Labour Party ...more

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Siân James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Siân James Politician Siân Catherine James is a Welsh Labour Party politician, who was Member of Parliament for Swansea East from 2005 to 2015.

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Chris Walley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Geologist, Writer Chris Walley is a geologist, author, and tertiary education lecturer

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Colin Pillinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Professor, Scientist Colin Trevor Pillinger, CBE FRS FRAS FRGS was an English planetary scientist. He was a founding member of the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at Open University in Milton Keynes, ...more

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Mark Tami is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Mark Tami Politician Mark Richard Tami is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Alyn and Deeside since 2001.

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Terry Matthews is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Terry Matthews Entrepreneur Sir Terence Hedley Matthews KBE, FREng, FIEE is a Welsh-Canadian business magnate, serial high tech entrepreneur, and Wales' first billionaire. He has founded or funded over 100 companies in the ...more

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Donald Anderson, Baron Anderso... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea, PC, DL, is a British Labour Party politician, who was a Member of Parliament for Monmouth from 1966 to 1970 and Swansea East from 1974 to 2005. ...more

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Edward George Bowen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Physicist Edward George 'Taffy' Bowen, CBE, FRS was a Welsh physicist who made a major contribution to the development of radar, and so helped win both the Battle of Britain and the Battle of the ...more

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David Cornthwaite is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Author, Graphic Designer, Motivational speaker Dave Cornthwaite, is an English adventurer, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a ...more

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Alun Wyn Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Alun Wyn Jones is a Welsh international rugby union player, currently playing for the Ospreys in the Pro 12.

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Andrew Davies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Andrew Davies Politician Andrew Davies, AM is a Welsh Labour politician, who represents the constituency of Swansea West in the National Assembly for Wales. Davies was born in Hereford to Welsh parents; his mother is ...more

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Anne Main is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Anne Margaret Main is a Conservative Party politician in Britain. She was elected at the 2005 general election as the Member of Parliament for St Albans, defeating the Labour incumbent Kerry ...more

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Sylvia Heal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Sylvia Heal Sylvia Lloyd Heal is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Halesowen and Rowley Regis from 1997 to 2010, having previously been the MP for Mid Staffordshire from ...more

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Dwayne Peel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Dwayne Peel Dwayne John Peel is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for Bristol Rugby and Wales. He was the most capped scrum-half for the Wales national rugby union team with 76 caps until his record was ...more

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Watcyn Thomas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Watcyn Thomas Watcyn Thomas was a Welsh rugby union player who captained Wales in the early 1930s. Thomas was born in Llanelli and educated at Llanelli County School and at University College, Swansea. While ...more

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Haydn Tanner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Haydn Tanner Haydn Tanner was a Welsh international rugby union player who represented both Wales and the British and Irish Lions. At club level he played for several top-flight teams, including Bristol, ...more

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Brenda Gilhooly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Comedian, Presenter Brenda Gilhooly is an English comedienne. She studied English and Drama at the University College of Swansea, University of Wales and graduated in 1987. She is best known for portraying the ...more

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Bruce George is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Bruce Thomas George is a British Labour Party politician, who served as the Member of Parliament for Walsall South from February 1974 until April 2010.

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Gareth Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Gareth Jones Politician Gareth Jones OBE is a Welsh politician. He was a member of the National Assembly for Wales for the Aberconwy constituency from 1999 to 2011, as well as being a Llandudno town councillor ...more

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Claude Davey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Claude Davey Claude Davey was a Wales international rugby union player who played club rugby for several teams, most notably Sale and Swansea. He was awarded 23 caps for Wales and captained his country eight ...more

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Val Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Val Lloyd Politician Valerie "Val" Lloyd AM is a Welsh Labour politician, who has represented the constituency of Swansea East at the National Assembly for Wales since 2001.

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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Painter, Actor Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a ...more

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Menna Gallie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Menna Gallie Novelist Menna Patricia Humphreys Gallie was a Welsh novelist and translator. Menna Patricia Humphreys was born in Ystradgynlais, and attended Swansea University, where she met the philosopher W. B. ...more

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Eugenio Oñate Ibañez de Navarr... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Eugenio Oñate Ibañez de Navarra Eugenio Oñate Ibañez de Navarra, often referred as Eugenio Onãte, is a Spanish engineer who works in computational mechanics.

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Gwyn Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Gwyn Evans Gwyn Evans is a former Wales international rugby union player. In 1983 he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions. He played club rugby for Maesteg RFC.

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Paul Thorburn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Paul Thorburn Paul Thorburn is a former Neath RFC and international Wales rugby union player who played at full back. He also captained Wales. Thorburn was a prolific long distance goal kicker. He holds the ...more

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Paul Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Paul Wilkinson Professor Paul Wilkinson CBE was a terrorism expert and an Emeritus Professor of International Relations and Director of the University of St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political ...more

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Joyce Watson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Swansea University Alumni
Joyce Watson Politician Joyce Watson is a Welsh Labour politician who has been a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Mid and West Wales since 2007.