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Andy Akinwolere

BA (Honours) Media Studies, class of 2004

Andy Akinwolere is a British television personality best known for presenting Blue Peter.

Kal Atwal

BA International Business, class of 1995

Kal Atwal is managing director of Comparethemarket.com, the comparison website made famous by the television commercials featuring Aleksandr Orlov, the Russian meerkat.

Lee Blackett

BSc (Honours) Sport Development with Coaching, class of 2004

Lee Blackett is an English rugby union player for Leeds Carnegie.

Richard Caborn

Engineering at Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1959

Richard Caborn was minister for sport under the labour government from 2001– 2007. He played a crucial role in developing and presenting the successful proposal for London to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Andy Carthy

BA (Honours) Fine Art, class of 1996

Mr Scruff is the recording name of Andy Carthy, a British electronic music producer and DJ.

Debjani Chatterjee MBE

PGCE Education from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1981

Debjani Chatterjee MBE is an Indian-born British poet. She has won a number of prizes, including the Peterloo Poets Prize. Her book The Elephant-Headed God and Other Hindu Tales was selected for Children's Books of the Year in 1990.

Jarvis Cocker

Access course from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1981

Jarvis Cocker is an English musician, singer-songwriter and radio presenter, best known as frontman for the band Pulp. He became a figurehead of the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s.

Paul Cummins MBE

Dip of HE Architecture and Environmental Design, class of 2005

Paul Cummins is an English artist best known for producing the monumental ceramic poppy installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at the Tower of London to commemorate the losses in World War One.

Sir Eric Dancer CBE

Diploma Management Studies from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1965

Sir Eric Dancer KCVO CBE KStJ is a British businessman and Lord-Lieutenant of Devon.

Nikki Dean

BA (Honours) Media Studies, class of 2002

Nikki Dean is a British television personality best known for presenting on Strictly Come Dancing.

Fiona Hanlon

BA (Honours) Media Studies, class of 2006

Fiona Hanlon is the assistant producer of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Mark Herbert

BA Film Studies, class of 1994

Mark Herbert is a UK film producer and the head of the Sheffield-based production company Warp Films. He produced Four Lions, Dead Man's Shoes and Phoenix Nights.

Ben Jones-Bishop

BSc (Honours) Sport and Leisure Management, class of 2009

Ben Jones-Bishop is a professional rugby league player for Leeds Rhinos.

Sean Lamont

BSc (Honours) Sport and Exercise Science, class of 2002

Sean Lamont is a Scottish international rugby union player.

Tom Meeten

BA (Honours) Fine Art, class of 1996

Tom Meeten is an English comedian, actor and writer best known for his television roles in The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Saxondale, Miranda and Skins.

David Mellor CBE

Silversmithing and Jewellery at Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1951

David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry, was world-renowned for his cutlery and metalwork designs. He also redesigned the national traffic light system in the 1960s.

Jacqui Oatley

PgD Broadcast Journalism, class of 2003

Jacqui Oatley is a British freelance sports broadcaster, presenting, commentating and reporting mostly on football for BBC Sport and ITV Sport. She is best known for being the first female commentator on BBC One's Match of the Day.

Nick Park CBE

BA Fine Art from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1980

Nick Park CBE is an English director, writer, and animator best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

Gervase Phinn

Diploma Professional Studies in Education from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1980

Gervase Phinn is a children's author and television personality.

Tom Ravenscroft

BA (Honours) Film Studies, class of 2001

Tom Ravenscroft is a radio presenter of BBC Radio 6 Music.

David Slade

BA Fine Art from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1993

David Slade is a British film and television director. His works include the films Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He has also directed episodes for Breaking Bad.

David Strettle

BSc (Honours) Sport and Exercise Science, class of 2005

David Strettle is an English rugby union player for Saracens and England.

Leon Taylor

HNC Business and Finance, class of 2008

Leon Taylor is a former diver and Olympic silver medallist.

Jane Tomlinson CBE

PgC Paediatric Medical Imaging Practice, class of 2002

Jane Tomlinson CBE was an amateur English athlete who raised £1.85 million for charity by completing a series of athletic challenges, despite suffering from terminal cancer.

Howard Wilkinson

BEd (Honours) Education from Sheffield Polytechnic, class of 1975

Howard Wilkinson is a former footballer and manager. He won the First Division championship in 1992 with Leeds United, and remains the last English manager to win the top-flight league in England.

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