Ashes-winning England captain Andrew Strauss is the most famous graduate of the MCC Universities scheme.
Strauss, who retired from cricket in 2012 after playing 100 Tests for his country - with 50 as skipper - was one of the earliest beneficiaries of the scheme, studying Economics at Durham between 1995-1998.
His time at Durham coincided with former England batsman Graeme Fowler establishing the first official Centre of Excellence at the University.
A talented cricketer who admits to having not taken his game particularly seriously prior to University, Strauss flourished under the tutelage of Fowler, becoming a regular in the Middlesex team by the time he left the north-east of England.
In 2015, Strauss was appointed Director of Cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board, responsible for the long-term strategy of the England men's cricket team.