University of Aberdeen graduates have pursued successful careers within academia.
- Professor Sir Colin Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham (1988 - 2008)
- Professor Robert J Cormack, Principal, UHI Millenium Institute (2001 - 2009)
- Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University
- Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Kt, Vice Chancellor, University of Edinburgh (1994 - 2002)