Remembering Aston

Your gift will have a transformational effect. Read more about how legacy gifts have made a difference to staff and students.

All gifts made to Aston can remain confidential. You can have a lasting impact by remembering Aston in your will. Please contact Head of Fundraising, Marc Hornby by telephone at +44(0)121 204  4577 or email All correspondence will be confidential.


Gwen Former member of staff, Gwen Kingston worked as an Examinations Officer at Aston University. Through this she was brought into contact with many of Aston’s international students.  “She recognised that international students often required more support than home students,” explained her husband, David.  “Gwen’s wish was to recognise academic excellence and to help support international students whilst they were studying at Aston.  

Gwen’s legacy has established a student prize which is awarded annually to a top first year international student who has also significantly contributed to the life of the University.

“I am extremely proud of receiving the Prize and grateful for the legacy left by Gwen Kingston.” Nandini Rao, the first student to receive the Gwen Kingston Prize in 2009 


This unrestricted legacy contributed to the Vice Chancellor's Fund which was established to help support a variety of projects across the University; projects which make an impact and a measurable difference to the experience students have at Aston.  

Sir Edwin was awarded an honorary degree from Aston University in 1985. 

David Bramley Scholarship David Bramley was the first Head of the Department of Industrial Administration at Birmingham Central Technical College (now Aston University) between 1947 and 1959. David became recognised for his pioneering works in Industrial Management Education at the University.

After a long and fruitful life, David passed away in July 2010, leaving a significant endowment in his will to ABS to set up the Frank Woollard David Bramley Scholarship in memory of the close collaboration of these two colleagues.

The gift is used for the purpose of creating or enhancing a travel scholarship which will promote or enhance the exchange of experiences for travelling teaching staff using the case study method. His family also donated all his academic papers to ABS so they can be archived and used for reference.The David Bramley Collection is a small collection of David’s lectures, presentations, jointly authored publications and correspondences. 

“Without the Frank Woollard David Bramley Scholarship I may not have been able to meet the scholars I have met and sown the seeds for such exciting research next year. I am extremely grateful." Professor Stephanie Decker 

The Ferguson Trust was set up in memory of two generations of the Ferguson family to support education, international friendship and understanding, and the promotion of world peace and development. 

The Ferguson Scholarships aims to improve educational opportunities for those applicants with limited financial resources and are available exclusively for African and South American applicants. 

"The Ferguson Scholarship has provided me with an academic and personal challenge. I am more than glad for having this scholarship as I would not be able to study at Aston without it.” Patricia Melendez Justo