Alumni come together to celebrate achievements

ABS Alumni Dinner 2011
From left: Professor John Edwards, Sir Adrian Cadbury, Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone, Susan Morton and Martino Giaquinto
27 June 2011

Aston Business School alumni, from various professional sectors, came together for a memorable reunion at a landmark building in Birmingham.

The annual event, this year held at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, saw around 70 Aston Business School graduates from the class of 1973 to 2011, come under one roof.

The guest of honour was Sir Adrian Cadbury, a tireless and longstanding supporter of Aston University. Sir Cadbury, who served as the Chancellor between 1979 and 2004, continues to play an important and valuable role in the quality of provision and profile of the university, contributing to programmes and talking to students.

Also in attendance were Aston University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Julia King and John Edwards, the Executive Dean of Aston Business School, as well as other senior members of staff and students.

“Aston has a reputation for being a warm and welcoming environment,” said Professor Edwards, adding, “and I tell people that you really have to come to Aston to experience this, but you all know that it is there.”

Professor Edwards added: “Our culture comes from our values. We are an inclusive and supportive community. We see you, our alumni, as being a vital part of our community, being able to offer invaluable support, guidance and advice to our students, our faculty and to the School as a whole.”

Alumni and guests were treated to an exclusive tour of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. For many, it was a great opportunity to learn about both the history of Birmingham and about the Staffordshire Hoard and the Pre-Raphaelite Collection.

Professor King, in her speech, praised the extraordinary talent of everybody within the hall. In addition, she spoke about Aston University’s commitment to social mobility and diversity.

“We are committed to continuing to attract talented people to study at Aston, regardless of their background. Aston University aims to be one of the boldest and best at promoting widening participation.”

Ninder Johal, an MBA graduate, now Chairman of the Black Country Asian Business Association, described the evening as “absolutely fantastic”. He said: “It was wonderful to meet fellow classmates who studied on the MBA programme with me back in 1985. I was pleased to hear about the successes and future plans of Aston and wish everyone all the very best.”

Another MBA graduate, Jasbir Gill, had this to say:

“The Alumni dinner gave me the opportunity to meet former students who had studied at Aston University many years ago and to hear about their journeys to where they are today was very inspiring.”

Paul Hebron, Alumni Relations Officer, at Aston Business School said:

“The Alumni Dinner is one event I really look forward to each year. To see former students come together and share fond memories and stories of success is enormously satisfying. To see them doing so well and happy is both motivating and inspiring too.”

The Aston Business School Alumni Network is an association helping graduates to continue to progress at all stages of their career, at home or abroad, by providing ongoing support and keeping them up-to-date with relevant news and developments.

Aston Alumni give back to Aston Business School by providing projects, supporting students by giving advice, helping with contacts and industry information and advertising their vacancies. During their time at Aston, students have the opportunity to connect with alumni face-to-face, at campus events and online via social networking sites, enabling them to share good practice, exchange ideas, establish professional relationships, learn from each other and generally to be part of the Aston family, which has members scattered across the globe.

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