Studied during the 1960s and 1970s
Nobel Peace Prize
Arguably our most famous former student is Nelson Mandela. He spent many of his years of imprisonment studying law with the University of London. He passed the London Intermediate exams in 1963, but the conditions imposed by the South African authorities prevented him from completing his degree in the 1960s and 70s.
In his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom (1994), Mandela wrote of studying during the Rivonia trial in 1963-4:
"In the days before we were to reconvene, I wrote papers for a set of University of London examinations… I had continued my studies throughout the trial and I wanted to make the examination… I later realised that it was a way to keep myself from thinking negatively."