Here at Croydon College, Croydon School of Art and University Centre Croydon we are all very proud of our many and various alumni, so many of whom have taken what they learned here and gone on to great jobs and careers. We are always keen to hear more about what our former students are achieving so if you studied at Croydon College please do get in touch on or via LinkedIn,  Facebook or Twitter.

Please keep an eye out on this page too, as we hope to launch a brand new alumni association very soon allowing our former students to reconnect and take advantage of some of our amazing facilities.

Here are some examples of what some of our former students have gone on to achieve (you may have heard of some of them!):

John Rocha

John Rocha

 Fashion Designer

“Coming to Croydon College allowed me to follow my dream - and for that dream to come true.”

John attended the College in 1974 and his time and training at the College marked the start of what has been, and still is, a fabulous career in fashion and design.

 John West

John West

 Film and TV Designer and BAFTA Member

"The skills taught to me at Croydon Theatre Department are still keeping me in work over forty years later. I am still in demand for film and TV design work.  I have worked for the RSC, the BBC, ITV Studios, Tussaud's Studios and the V&A, Kensington. The  new skills that I have had to learn were draughting for film and TV (this led me to my membership of the British Film Designers Guild.)"

John studied film television and theatre design at Croydon College of Art from 1965 to 1969 and learnt the skills which helped him forge a successful career in the film and tv industry. John most recently worked on the acclaimed tv drama Broadchurch.

Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed

Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed


Mayor of Croydon during 2014/2015

"I was born and brought up in Kerala in India and I achieved a first class degree in Mathematics from Kerala.  After coming to UK in 1996, to join my husband, I attended Croydon College to do Access Course in Mathematics and Computer Science. The Access Course enabled me to read Masters in Scientific and Engineering Software Technology at the University of Greenwich.  Since 2000, I have been working as a Software Engineer. Croydon College has played an important role in my success as it had the right careers advisor and the right course for me to reach where I wanted to get to.

In 2006, I became a Councillor for Broad Green ward in London Borough of Croydon. During my Mayoral year, I visited Croydon College on various occasions such as UNICEF pledge award, Cultural Awareness Month Celebration, Further Education Awards and Graduation ceremony. I was really pleased to speak to a number of students, who were volunteering during the academic year and contributing to our borough.

My theme during my Mayoral year was celebrating the rich diversity and culture of Croydon and promoting volunteering. Croydon College’s participation in promoting volunteering was invaluable and congratulations to Frances Wandsworth, CEO, the staff and the students for their contribution."

Alexandros Pamnani

Alexandros Pamnani 2

 Analyst at J.P. Morgan in Canary Wharf

"Studying Mechanical Engineering at Croydon College was undoubtedly a transformational experience. I found the tutors to be extremely enthusiastic and always willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. Also, as a former Student President of the college, I found the diverse and engaging nature of the student body to be a highly enriching experience.  As a result, I gained a rounded yet academically rigorous education that helped me progress onto university as an Ironmongers' Scholar. In 2014, I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Engineering and currently work as an Analyst at J.P. Morgan in Canary Wharf. I believe the experience I gained at the college will be of value throughout my career."

 FKA Twiggs

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 British singer, songwriter, producer and dancer

Tahliah Barnett aka FKA Twiggs studied for her A Levels at Croydon College in 2006 before moving into the music industry. She was initially a dancer for other acts before developing her own look and sound as a singer songwriter. FKA Twiggs has been nominated for various awards including Mercury Prize, BBC Sound of 2014, Grammy, NME and Brit Awards, and in 2015 she won a Youtube Music Award.

 Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding

Comedian, actor, artist, DJ and musician

Noel Fielding attended Croydon School of Art in the late 1980s and was taught by Turner-prize nominated Dexter Dalwood. Noel has since gone on to write and star in various tv hits such as The Mighty Boosh, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and the IT Crowd.

Leslie                   Gort-Barten


Owner of Dualit

Leslie Gort-Barten gradually took over the running of Dualit from his father (who founded the company) in the 1980s. Leslie had an excellent background for his work having studied engineering at Croydon College and served a tool-making apprenticeship.

Jamie Reid & Malcolm McLaren

Jamie Reid

 Artist and Manager (respectively) for the Sex Pistols

Jamie Reid and Malcolm McLaren studied together at Croydon School of Art before they went on to play influential roles in the success of the Sex Pistols. Jamie designed many of the band's album covers and artwork while Malcolm, who had helped initiate the punk movement, managed the band.


This could be you...

Please keep in touch and let us know what you go on to achieve after completing your course at Croydon College, Croydon School of Art or University Centre Croydon.