Time capsule buried at new Aston Students’ Union building site

Time Capsule
SU Chief Executive Max Mcloughlin lowering the capsule at the construction site

17 May 2018

  • Chocolate bars, cuddly toys and tons of Aston merchandise buried at new SU construction site
  • Burial attended by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Helen Higson and other senior figures
  • New £10 million building to open in Spring 2019

A receipt for a Tesco Meal Deal, a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and a cuddly goose toy have been buried by the new Aston University Students’ Union building currently being built.

The items are among tons of goodies representing life as an Aston student that have been placed in a time capsule for future generations to discover.

The vessel has been registered with the official International Time Capsule Society, and it is scheduled to be opened in 50 years' time on 30 April 2068.

It has been buried outside the front of the new SU building, and will be marked by a special chair.

In April work started on the new £10 million purpose-built SU building which will sit at the heart of campus replacing the current 1960s building. It is due to officially open in Spring 2019.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Helen Higson attended the burial, joined by senior representatives of the SU, construction company Clegg, and the University.

SU President Reema Quessou filling up the capsule

The full contents of the capsule included:

  •   A cuddly toy to represent all the Canada Geese that have made Aston their home.
  • 2017/18 Term 2 wallplanner, distributed by the SU to our students
  • TEDx 2017 Programme and Lanyard
  • List of SU Clubs and Societies
  • Flyer for BSEEN, with whom the University work to help students start their own businesses
  • Campus Map
  • Flyer for Student Voice, a new SU service launched in 2017 to improve student democracy and representation
  • Students’ Union flyer
  • Elections Table-talker
  • B4 Bar Menu
  • Flyer for the NUS Extra discount card
  • Some of the many SU Finance forms
  • SU Trustees Report and Financial Statements for year ending 31st July 2017
  • Domino’s Pizza playing cards…because our students LOVE Domino’s Pizza.
  • Pin Badges
  • B4 Bar Staff T-Shirt
  • #WeAreAston Banger Sticks for Varsity
  • JobShop Business Card
  • Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) Business Card
  • 50th Anniversary Keyring to mark Aston’s 50 years as a University
  • Aston University Hoodie
  • Mug with old Students’ Union logo. We launched a new, more colourful brand identity in 2017
  • Sports Tie in traditional Aston colours
  • Rainbow Laces, used by all our sports teams at Varsity to show support for the LGBT+ community
  • The Students’ Union’s 2017/18 Strategic Framework
  • Sabbatical Officer manifestos
  • Receipt for a £3 Tesco Meal Deal
  • List of stores at the Bullring Shopping Centre
  • Map of Birmingham
  • Train ticket from Birmingham New Street, which became Grand Central in 2015
  • Newspapers from the day we buried the capsule
  • Cadbury’s Dairy Milk to represent the Students’ Union's long relationship with the Cadbury family
L-R: George Dowding (SU Marketing Manager), Sam Searle (SU Vice President Student Activities), Nadine Al-Kudcy (SU Student Activities Manager), Reema Quessou (SU President), Alice Coombes (SU Vice President Welfare), Alistair Brown (Robothams Architects), Amna Atteeq (SU Vice President Education), Richard Broome (SU Membership Services Manager), Tony Corke (Aston University Senior Projects Manager), Ian Oldacre (Aston University Director of Estates), Max Mcloughlin (SU Chief Executive), Tim Walker (Clegg Construction Director), James Timmis (Clegg Site Manager), David Chambers (Mace Project Manager)

Reema Quessou, president of Aston Students’ Union, said: “This new building will give Aston students the SU they deserve. There will be amazing spaces for students to relax and recharge, plus we’ll have fresh new facilities to transform ambition into reality. We’re so excited, and can’t wait until it opens in 2019.”

The two-storey steel framed building will have striking full height glazing. Inside it will feature a range of facilities including a café, bar and restaurant, shop, social spaces, prayer room and washing facilities, games area, media room, multi-exhibition and rehearsal space and office space for the union’s student officer team and services.

To watch a video walkthrough of the architect’s design, click here.


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

For media inquiries in relation to this release, call Ben Kennedy, Press & PR Officer, on 0121 204 4592 or email  b.p.kennedy@aston.ac.uk. Alternatively, email  pr@aston.ac.uk

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