Archbishop Desmond Tutu studied a Bachelors and Masters in Theology at Kings College London, from 1960.
“I have wonderful, happy memories of my time at King’s. My experience was one of great encouragement and support in my academic studies and acceptance and warmth from my fellow students. The study opened up a whole new world to me. I was excited by the accessibility of books, the freedom to question and to debate and the opportunity to listen to the wisdom of minds whose experience and learning left me eager to discover more.”
Writer of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling spent a year in France as part of her degree course at The University of Exeter, studying French and Classics. Perhaps this served as inspiration for Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, the French wizarding school that takes place in the Triwizard Tournament in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’.
Speaking of Harry Potter, Emma Watson studied English Literature at Brown University in the USA, in 2011.
“I’ve been very fulfilled by my studies. English has helped me think in an analytical way. It’s helped me see the world from new perspectives. Diving into these stories and characters has given richness to my own life. And now, when I read scripts or look at stories, I have these references for a larger understanding of humanity. I’m sure it will make my job as an actress more interesting.”
Actor Chris Pine studied English at the University of Leeds in the UK in 2001.
“I decided to go to England and ended up at Leeds. I lived at 79 Brudenell Road and had a wonderful time. I loved it. I loved it. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed myself. Beyond having a pub on campus and the nightlife and all of that, I mean, academically I had a good time. I met a bunch of great people.”