UK Political Party Leaders – What and Where did they Study?
in association with the University of Kent
A career in politics is an appealing one, and there are a number of ways to get into the field. If you're looking at the UK's top politicians and wondering how they got to where they are now, we have the answer.
The gallery below depicts the leaders of the main political parties in the UK and their paths to power. Read about the universities they went to, what they studied, and how they started their career in politics.
Click on links to universities and courses for more details.
The Conservative Party
The current Prime Minister, Theresa May, began her university career at none other than the University of Oxford where she studied for a BA in Geography. During her time at university May met her husband Philip, then president of the Oxford Union, allegedly at a Conservative Association disco.
She then had a role at the Bank of England followed by work at the Association for Payment Clearing Services. In 1986 May worked as a councillor for the London Borough of Merton, succeeded by different political positions until she became Prime Minister of the UK in 2016.