Leading lights

Across the political parties, ambitious Glasgow alumni have been leading the way for generations.

Palace of Westminster

Law graduate Nicola Sturgeon followed an impressive line of political leaders who studied at Glasgow when she secured the top job in Scottish politics in 2014. She made history as the first female First Minister of Scotland, and the first female leader of any of the devolved UK administrations. 

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, chairs the Standing Council on Europe: a group of independent experts advising the Scottish government on Scotland’s future relationship with the European Union.

Our Glasgow University Union debating chamber has come to be considered one of the finest training grounds for young and ambitious politicians. The talents of some of the UK’s most influential political figures have been nurtured here, including former Leader of the Labour Party John Smith, Scotland’s inaugural First Minister Donald Dewar and former Leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell.

Another of our history makers is Liberal party leader Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. In 1905 he became our first graduate to be elected Prime Minister. Following in his footsteps, alumnus Andrew Bonar Law served as Prime Minister from 1922 to 1923.

Our long tradition of inspiring people to change the world continues. Over 30 graduates currently hold seats in either the Scottish or UK parliament, including Mhairi Black who was elected as a member of the UK parliament for the SNP in 2015, only weeks before graduating.