Recognising Business Excellence awards

John Edwards and Mohammed Hasan
John Edwards presenting Mohammed Hasan with his award.

31 January 2012

Undergraduates from Aston Business School (ABS) have won awards for academic excellence at the “Recognising Business Excellence” award ceremony event.

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 25 January 2012 and combined undergraduate prize giving with the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) ceremony. For the undergraduate prize giving, presenters of prizes included representatives from Ernst and Young, Intel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, John Smith’s Bookshop, and the Recorder of Birmingham, His Honour Judge Davis QC.

Students were awarded prizes based on their academic achievements throughout the previous academic year. Titles included, best first year student overall, best single honours student, best placement student, winning business game team overall and the mooting cup for the best student on the criminal law module.

The BGS ceremony included scholarships for two students, a $1000 scholarship for Arjun Singh Aulak and a chance to attend the leadership forum for Shan He. Both students felt honoured and accredited for their development and growth so far at Aston University. Shan commented; "I felt excited and grateful for the opportunity of being awarded by Beta Gamma Sigma as I believe this Forum will help develop my leadership skills further.”

Staff members Dr Roya Gholami, Dr Pavel Albores-Barajas, Professor Jim Steely, Dr Epstathios Tapinos and Mrs Carole Parkesat Aston Business School were awarded lifetime membership to the Beta Gamma Sigma society. This was to honor their achievements in the study of business at Aston. The membership conveys a lifetime commitment to the principles of the society- honour and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness.

BGS is a prestigious international honour society for students and staff of business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

BGS also awarded a special honorary membership to Aston Business School alumnus, Mr Mohammed Hasan who also provided a stimulating speech on his journey in business. Mohammed has built a successful career in the property industry during a difficult period for the industry and is currently engaged as an Advisor with a number of the UK's most successful companies. Mohammad is a dedicated supporter of the University, serving on the Development Board and he also serves as a council member of the Taxpayer's Alliance in the West Midlands.

The awards ceremony heard from two recent Aston Business School graduates, Akmal Saleem and Michael Bandar, who have both made great strides towards success in an entrepreneurial manner, very recently after graduating. They both gave inspirational speeches of their successes, while at Aston and since their graduation.

For further details contact Kreesha Pattani, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or