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Famous writers who are alumnae of the College include the novelists George Eliot, Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett,Richmal Crompton and Jane Gardam OBE. Alumni of the Department of English also include the Suffragette icon, Emily Wilding Davison; the newscaster Mary Nightingale; the film actor Jeremy Northam; the comedian Robin Ince; and the Deputy Editor of Private Eye, Francis Wheen.



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