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

Aston Alumni get together in Washington DC at 6.30pm - Monday 18th February 2019

Aston Alumni in Washington DC are welcome to join Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE, Exceutive Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Sarah is Deputy Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Diversity and Inclusion committee and the first female Executive Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is keen to build on the School’s reputation for encouraging women into, and advancing their careers in, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year 2019 Honours List for her services to Engineering and Forensic Science.

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided. The event is free to attend, but registration is necessary for catering purposes.

Please book your place using our booking link.

Aston Alumni get together in New York at 6.30pm - Wednesday 20th February 2019

Aston Alumni in New York are welcome to join Professor Amanda Wood, Director of the Aston Brain Centre, a state-of-the-art integrated research environment for the study of neurodevelopment in health and disease. Amanda’s research combines computational brain image analysis with neuropsychological techniques to understand the basis and consequences of early life brain injuries. Much of her work aims to support children, and people living with epilepsy.

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided. The event is free to attend, but registration is necessary for catering purposes.

Please book your place using our booking link.

We have been delighted by the positive response we received from alumni all over the U.S. since the inception of the Aston University in the Americas Foundation in 2017. The reception will be a great opportunity to find out more about developments at Aston, in North America, and to network with other alumni.  

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, will be sharing his thoughts on Aston’s progress as well as plans for the university in the coming years including the exciting project for Aston in 2019, the completion of our new Students’ Union building. 

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided. The event is free to attend, but registration is necessary for catering purposes.


Aston Global Celebration from 25th April - 1st May 2019

Join us as we launch Aston’s first ever global celebration, with alumni events taking place all over the world. This exciting celebration marks the 53rd anniversary of Aston receiving its Royal Charter on 22 April 1966 and becoming a university. 

With a network of over 90,000 alumni situated across 167 different countries, ‘Aston Global Celebration’ gives you an opportunity to connect with other alumni in your country, share fond memories of your time at Aston and more importantly - celebrate you.

How can you get involved?

  • Host an event in your area

To mark the occasion, we are looking for alumni volunteers to organise an event or activity for alumni in your city. You get to decide what you want! Events and activities can be as formal or informal, as big or as small as you like, from drinks in a bar, picnics and quiz nights to lunches and dinners. The main week for the global celebration is from Thursday 25th April to Wednesday 1st May so events can be organised during these dates. To find out more or express your interest in hosting an event or activity please contact us at We will support you by promoting the event to other alumni in your area and send you an event host resource pack prior to the event so that you are well-prepared.There's no such thing as too small or too big for a reunion – even if it’s just you in your area, we’d love to hear from you.

  • Attend an event in your area

All of our Aston Global Celebration events will be organised by alumni volunteers. As soon as we have confirmed an event taking place in your city, we will let you know how to register so keep an eye out for further dates and details.

  • Get involved on social media

If you can’t make it to an event in your area, do not worry - you can still get involved! Send us a photograph of you in your city and we’ll feature you on our social media pages.

If you do take part in an event or activity to celebrate with fellow alumni, remember to send in some group pictures so that we can share the exciting celebrations you have participated in.

Keep an eye out for exciting updates on our channels: 

Twitter @AstonAlumni

Facebook @AstonUniversityAlumni

LinkedIn @Aston Alumni Community

Instagram @AstonUniversity


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.