Alumni Events

Aston alumni events

Come back to campus or join us at a location near you. Network with your fellow alumni, learn about leading research and find out about our plans for the future.


Inaugural Lectures 2018/19 on campus at 6.30pm

Alumni Drinks Reception in Brussels at 6.30pm  - 15th January 2019

Join Aston’s Centre for Europe’s Postgraduate Programme Director and Acting Associate Dean International, Dr Patrycja Rozbicka; Dr Davide Vampa, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Dr Xavier Matthieu, Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations for an informal gathering of Aston Master’s students and Aston alumni in Brussels.

The reception will also give you an opportunity to network with fellow Aston alumni as well as meet 30 Aston Master’s students who are all versed in European affairs.

Please book your place using our booking link.


Aston Alumni Informal Drinks Evening in Hong Kong at 6pm - 19th January 2019

You are invited, along with your family to ‘share a glass of wine with us' at an informal drinks evening with Aston academics who will be in Hong Kong to showcase Aston's latest laser research at SPARK Festival: The Science and Art of Creativity taking place from 18-20 January 2019.

You will have the opportunity to see our laser research as well as meet Professor Edward Sweeney, Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute; Dr Kate Sugden, Associate Dean for Enterprise and Dr Geoff Parkes, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor International. The Hong Kong Alumni Chapter President, Stephen Lai will also be there to welcome you.

Please book your place using our booking link.

Inspirational Alumni: Rooney Anand, Aston Business School at 6.30pm - 11th February 2019

You are invited to join us at Aston Business School to hear from alumnus Rooney Anand, Managing Director of Greene King. During the session Rooney will be talking to George Feiger, Executive Dean at Aston Business School, about his career, his business and challenges he faces, as well as answer questions from the audience. It will be a great opportunity to find out more about Rooney's personal journey, get industry insights and advice.

The event will take place at the Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre in the Business School. The talk will start at 18:30, followed by a networking session at 19:30. Complimentary drinks and a light buffet will be provided. The event is free to attend, but registration is necessary for catering purposes.

About Rooney Anand:Rooney joined Greene King in 2001 as Managing Director of the company’s brewing division and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. In June 2015, Greene King acquired Spirit Pub Company plc, creating the largest retail pubs business in the UK. Prior to joining Greene King, Rooney built a career in the food industry, working in a variety of marketing and general management roles for United Biscuits, Terry’s Confectionery and Sara Lee. He is also senior independent director of William Morrison Supermarkets plc and chairman of Purity Soft Drinks, a private equity-backed consumer goods business. He graduated from Aston Business School with an MBA and grew up in nearby Walsall receiving an honorary degree in 2016.

Please book your place using our booking link.

Past events


Alumni webinars

In Conversation with some of our eminent alumni as they talk to a leading Aston University academic. Click on the link below to listen again to these webinars: 

In conversation with...Dr Geetu Bharwaney

Building Your Living Legacy

In today’s world of work, no-one else is likely to take charge of your career. No longer can we expect employers to keep our long-term aspirations in mind. In this webinar, we will explore how you can build a Living Legacy, taking the first steps to create a master plan for your life, fulfilling all the important elements, without over prioritising or neglecting certain areas

In conversation with...Rod Turner

Rod Turner studied electrical and mechanical engineering Aston and graduated with First Class Honours, became a professional engineer, marketed computers for a large company, and then became an entrepreneur. He has been a venture capitalist and a founder or co-founder of 6 successful startups that employ 22k people, and have a market value of $14 billion today. 

In conversation with...Johnny Vulkan

Johnny Vulkan is founding partner of Anomaly Communications, LLC, where he is responsible for innovation for the agency's initiatives and intellectual property, as well as leading digital strategy. 

He has led new product development projects at Fahrenheit 212, where he helped evolve markets and products for P&G, General Mills and Starbucks.

In conversation with...Phil Popham

Luxury British motor yacht manufacturer, Sunseeker International, appointed Aston graduate Phil Popham as its CEO in 2014. 

Sunseeker, whose yachts have appeared in four James Bond films, employs over 2,000 staff and in 2013 reported losses of £26m. Phil was headhunted and joined the company in November 2014, within just two years the company has been turned around and is expected to report profits in 2016.