Wait, they went to Winchester?

30 Jun 2017

Being a Winchester student is about more than just the years that you spend writing essays, cooking with housemates and joining societies. As a graduate, you will forever be a member of the Winton Club, our alumni association with over 25,000 members across 91 countries.

At the end of your degree, you’ll be joining this strong club of diverse, successful and interesting people who all know what it means to live and study in this ancient, vibrant city. Here’s some of those whose Winchester footsteps you’ll be following in…

The Walking Dead’s Maggie Green

Before her days as a star of the supernatural in The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, actress Lauren Cohan studied Drama and English Literature here at Winchester.

Nick Helm

Star of BBC Three’s sitcom Uncle spent his student days on Winchester’s drama course.

England rugby player Bob Taylor

Bob, who is also the former President of the Rugby Football Union, trained as a teacher in the 60s before his sporting successes.

Men's rugby team from 1962-63 posing in a group

Mike Bushell

Currently a Sports Presenter on BBC Breakfast, Mike now is seen sampling any kind of sport under the sun (even holding a world record!) but his university background is actually Drama and Television.

Shappi Khorsandi

Now a stand-up comedian and frequent guest of Have I Got News For You and The Now Show, Shappi studied Drama, Theatre and Television at Winchester and has even been back to perform at Winchester Student Union!

Steve Furst

Steve has played Mr Wormwood in Matilda the musical, Tooley in Made in Dagenham on the West End and is a regular supporting character in Little Britain. Whether in an advert for Orange or in St Trinians, you’ve probably seen this alumnus before.

Claire Fuller

Author of critically-acclaimed novels Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller graduated from the MA Creative and Critical Writing course.

Dirk Maggs

The producer behind the radio version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Audible’s Alien productions was actually a student at Winchester when teacher education was the sole focus here.

John Shannon

Just a few months ago (June 2017), John came back to campus an amazing 80 years after finishing, as part of the Winton Club Reunion for alumni! We honoured him by renaming the John Shannon Sports Ground in his honour and in recognition of his commitment to volunteering. John even proved that he still has the tennis skills that earned him the role as Tennis Captain during his time here from 1935-1937 by bouncing a ball on a racquet - what a star!

Lena Milosevic MBE

Lena is the Deputy Regional Director (UK) of the British Council. Previously serving as Country Director of Mexico also for the British Council, Lena is a two-time alumna having studied for a BA in English and Drama and then a PGCE.

Keep up to date with what our alumni are up to by following the Winton Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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