250,000 University of Nottingham graduates

July 16th, 2015

The 250,000th graduate of The University of Nottingham will receive her degree on Friday 17 July, at a ceremony presided over by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway.

Victoria Rowley, 23 from Wickford in Essex, will be awarded a first class LLB Hons Law on the final day of this year’s summer graduation at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park. The total of 250,000 graduates dates back to the days of University College Nottingham, which was founded in 1881. It includes graduates from the University’s campuses in China & Malaysia as well as the UK.

Future Legal Mind awards lunch,  London, Lincolns Inn,  30/03/2015 Picture by Terry Harris.


Victoria chose to study at Nottingham because of its reputation, location and beautiful University Park campus.  She said: “It was the perfect place for me and I’ve never looked back since the day I arrived”

“I loved the challenge of doing a Law degree and the course at Nottingham is fantastic. The teaching here is first-rate and the option of studying abroad made Nottingham a big draw for me.”

Victoria has been awarded a Distinction in American law in recognition of her performance whilst studying at the University of Connecticutand also participated in a Summer School at The University of Nottingham’s campus in Malaysia. Victoria is the first member of her family to go to University and was a recipient of the J C Smith Scholarship; an award that Victoria says was invaluable during her studies:

“It was particularly useful for my year abroad as it helped fund flights, travel and insurance.  It also made a huge difference to me personally. In my second year I was undecided as to what direction I wanted to take, so I used some of the funds to travel to career events in London to help me explore my options and find the right route for me.”

After completing the Legal Practice Course, Victoria will start a trainee position at Freshfields International Law in February 2016.

Head of Alumni Relations, Malvika Johal, said: “Having studied on three continents, Victoria exemplifies the experience of students at Britain’s Global University. We are delighted to welcome her a as the 250,000th graduate of the University to our alumni community.  With alumni representing the University of Nottingham in over 200 countries, our students are able to tap into a wealth of expertise and knowledge wherever they are in the world. Our alumni are an asset to the University and we are proud to have such a broad reaching and connected community.”

Our alumni in numbers


University College Nottingham was granted a university charter in 1948. Two years later The University of Nottingham held its first graduation ceremony in the Albert Hall. This year graduation was hosted at the East Midlands Conference Centre although a number of similarities remain:

graduation then and now

graduation then and now 2

19 to 96

The oldest University of Nottingham alumnus is 96 years old and was born before the invention of household radio. Our youngest is 19 and was born after the invention of the DVD.


Top 5 alumni job titles:
1. Teacher
2. Director
3. Managing Director
4. Lecturer
5. Partner


More than 150 of our alumni studied at The University of Nottingham on more than three occasions


Nottingham alumni have won 11 Olympic medals between 1992 and 2012


If you were to lay each of our 250,000 graduates head to toe, they would stretch for 260 miles – enough to get you from Nottingham to Amsterdam, Antwerp or Jersey.

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