Many of our alumni have gone on to make major contributions to science, the arts, medical research, business, politics and much more. Below you will find a selection of notable alumni. A more extensive list is available on the Alumni website.

Academia
  • Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Kt, Vice Chancellor, University of Edinburgh (1994 - 2002)
  • Professor Sir Colin Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham (1988 - 2008)
Arts, Film and Media
  • Nicky Campbell, Journalist and Broadcaster, BBC
  • Iain Glen, Actor
  • Paul Harris, Actor and Journalist
  • Ken Hay, Chief Executive, Scottish Screen
  • Tony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard
  • Richard Klein, Controller of BBC4
  • Faith Liddell, Director, Festivals Edinburgh
  • Magnus Linklater, Journalist
  • Laura Main, Actress
  • Glen Oglaza, Special Correspondent, Sky News
  • Tommy Sheppard, Founder of The Stand Comedy Club
  • Ali Smith, Author
Business
  • Lord Stephen Carter, Baron Carter of Barnes CBE, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Alcatel-Lucent
  • Sir Don Cruickshank, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange (2000 - 2003)
  • Campbell Gemmell, Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Martin Gilbert, CEO, Aberdeen Asset Management plc
  • Susan Rice, Chairman and Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Scotland plc
  • Sir Ian Wood, Wood Group (1964 - 2012)
Law
  • The Hon Lord Bracadale QC, Judge of the Supreme Court, Scotland
  • Frank Mulholland, QC, Lord Advocate for Scotland
  • The Hon A Gail Prudenti, Supreme Court Justice, New York State
  • The Hon Lord Woolman QC, Judge of the Supreme Court, Scotland
Politics
  • Lord Addington
  • Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages
  • Richard Baker MSP
  • Dame Anne Begg MP
  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
  • Rt Hon Alistair Darling, MP (former Chancellor of the Exchequer)
  • Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP
Science and Medical Research
  • Professor Ian Boyd, Director of the Gatty Marine Laboratory, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Adrian Ivinson, Director, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Eleanor Mitchell, Director of Commercialisation, Scottish Enterprise
  • Dr Adam Watson, Biologist, Ecologist and Mountaineer