The Charter of the University outlines objectives appropriate to a technological university: "to advance, disseminate and apply learning and knowledge by teaching and research, for the benefit of industry and commerce and of the community generally: and to enable students to obtain the advantage of a university education, and such teaching and research may include periods outside the University in industry or commerce or wherever the University considers proper for the best advancement of its objects."
The emphasis given to the placement year system, and the maintenance of strong links with industry, arises naturally from the institution’s history. The motto of the University is the same as that of the City of Birmingham – Forward.
See the timeline below:
Histories & traditions in pictures
A School of Metallurgy was set up in the Birmingham and Midland Institute by G H Kenrick.
The Birmingham Municipal Technical School separated from the Birmingham and Midland Institute. Dr W E Sumpner was appointed as Principal and classes were taught in chemistry, physics, metallurgy and electrical engineering.
Commercial classes were introduced and grew into an independent School of Commerce by 1916.
The Birmingham Municipal Technical School became the Birmingham Central Technical College.
Acquisition of the Gosta Green site for the new Technical College and the Colleges of Commerce and of Arts and Crafts was approved.
The Department of Industrial Administration was created.
The Technical College was re-named the College of Technology, Birmingham. Work began on the Main Building at Gosta Green.
Dr P F R (later Sir Peter) Venables was appointed as Principal of the College, which in the same year became the first designated College of Advanced Technology.
The Robbins Committee on Higher Education recommended that the Colleges of Advanced Technology should become technological universities.
The College came under the aegis of the University Grants Committee on 1 April 1965 and the draft Charter was submitted to the Privy Council.
The Royal Charter was formally sealed on 22 April 1966 and the first Chancellor of the University, Lord Nelson of Stafford, was installed on 10 May.
Dr J A (now Sir Joseph) Pope succeeded Sir Peter Venables as Vice-Chancellor in August 1969, and the next decade saw rapid growth of the University, with developments on the main campus and the acquisition of additional sites at Walsall, Handsworth and Saltley. Lord Nelson of Stafford was succeeded as Chancellor by Sir Adrian Cadbury, who was installed on 21 September 1979.
Dr Pope was succeeded as Vice-Chancellor by Professor F W (now Sir Frederick) Crawford, formerly of Stanford University, California, who assumed office on 1 July 1980. In 1981, Aston clarified its mission to be a leading technological university, and devised a comprehensive strategy coordinating the planning of its academic programmes with optimum use of its finance and facilities. The University’s development during the 1980s was characterised by a rigorous pursuit of quality. Its structure and operations were streamlined, while the standards and quality of its academic programmes were greatly enhanced. Work proceeded on a comprehensive physical redevelopment programme to transform the campus. A campus-wide Local Area Network was installed in 1988 to interconnect Aston’s distributed computing facilities.
In 1981, in conjunction with the City of Birmingham, and with financial support from Lloyds Bank plc, the University established the Aston Science Park as a launch pad for high-technology companies.
At the end of August 1996 Professor Crawford retired. Professor Michael Wright, the former Senior-Pro-Vice-Chancellor and an Aston graduate, was chosen to succeed him. He oversaw the University’s next phase of strategic development, securing a dynamic and expanding role for Aston as a leading UK university for the new millennium. During the academic year 1996/97 Aston redefined its mission: to be an international centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy, focused on subjects of professional and vocational relevance in the sciences, engineering, business and the humanities. In February 1997 the Privy Council approved the change in name from the University of Aston in Birmingham to Aston University. In August 1998 the academic faculties were restructured into four Academic Schools: Aston Business School, Engineering & Applied Science, Life & Health Sciences and Languages & European Studies, which was later retitled as Languages and Social Sciences.
2000 to the present
In December 2006 Professor Michael Wright retired as Vice-Chancellor, and was succeeded by Professor Julia King. Launched in 2008, the Aston 2012 Strategy provided the University with a new and challenging mission to develop the three corners of our academic triangle: delivering an excellent learning experience for students, enhanced by interaction with internationally recognised, relevant research, and linked to innovative support for local companies and engagement with schools and the community, involving students and staff in raising aspirations and attainment. Aston’s culture and values were developed through a series of initiatives, including the Aston People Strategy 2012, and the Aston First (culture transformation) and ExCL (excellence, capability and leadership development) programmes.
In 2005, a £22 million extension of the Business School building was completed, including an outstanding residential (160 bedroom) conference centre, to provide new MBA and management development programme facilities. The £215 million Aston Student Village project commenced in 2008, which is transforming the standard of student accommodation on campus - providing 2,400 brand new rooms, built to the highest standard, all with en suite bathrooms. 1,300 of these opened in 2010 with Phase Two of the construction currently underway and due for completion in 2013. A rolling programme of campus refurbishments was completed included investment to refresh the Main Building, the creation of student study and rest spaces, improvements to the Guild Building, laboratory enhancements, the demolition of the Sumpner Building accompanied by the relocation of the Civil Engineering and Logistics/Transport Management academic provision into the School of Engineering and Applied Science areas within the Main Building, and the creation of the Hub, a one-stop-shop for student services. Birmingham Metropolitan College’s (formerly Matthew Boulton College) relocation to the edge of the University Campus in 2005 enabled the University to further develop its longstanding partnership with the College.
The University's results in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 improved on the performance in the 2001 RAE in all subject areas submitted. The results based on quality and volume, indicate that research in Allied Health Professions and Studies at Aston was rated 3rd best out of 63 HEIs in the UK, Business and Management Studies 9th of 90, European Studies 11th of 27 and General Engineering 12th out of 47. 45% of the research submitted for assessment was judged internationally excellent or world-leading research (based on 3* and 4* ratings), and 85% was judged Internationally recognised for its originality and rigour.
The student population continued to grow in this period, to 9500, with significant growth in international students, postgraduates and foundation degree students.
Working with staff and students, Professor King, has developed the ambitious new strategy to take Aston Forward to 2020.
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The University lining comprises a blood crimson silk background shot with the shield of the University crest in colour at five inch spacing.
The University’s Arms were granted on 18 March 1955 by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms to the Birmingham Corporation for use by the former College of Technology. They were designed to show the College’s connection with the city and with the teaching of technology.
The Arms consist of a shield and crest. The shield has two sections - the field (the main background) which is coloured blue and a chief (the broad band across the top of the shield) of silver. On the field is a diagonal line of five gold diamonds joined one to the other. In the Royal Charter document this is described as "Azure five lozenges conjoined in bend or" ("Azure" is the blue background and "bend or" is heraldic terminology for "gold band"). The five gold lozenges conjoined in a diagonal "bend" is taken from the first quarter of the Arms of the city of Birmingham. Those Arms were themselves taken from the original Lords of the Manor - the de Bermingham family - who used them from about 1413 to 1536. The fact that the city of Birmingham's Arms are directly referenced in the Arms of the College of Technology show how closely this educational institution was - and still is - entwined with the city and with industry.
On the chief is depicted an open book bound in red, placed between two black hammers (the Charter describes it as an "open book proper bound gules edged or between two hammers erect sable"). This shows the connection of the University with industry; the book represents learning and the hammers, engineering and allied trades. Again, compare it to the City of Birmingham's Arms which are topped by a man's arm brandishing a hammer, but note that Aston University's are of a different type known as a ball-pein hammer. This hammer is specific to metalworking, with the round head used to smooth off the edges of metal pins and rivets and the flat head useful for striking punches and chisels.
The crest is also designed to stress the pursuit of knowledge. It consists of a red torch held erect by a forearm (known as a "cubit arm") between two branches of gold laurel. The laurel traditionally symbolises academia and learning, but it may have a dual purpose here; following the incorporation of Birmingham as a borough in 1838, the corporation adopted a seal comprising the de Bermingham family Arms encircled by a laurel wreath. So the laurel branches in Aston's crest could well be another echo of the links with Birmingham itself.
Having been originally worn on the helmet of a fully-armed person, the crest is always placed on the top of the helm. The method of joining the crest to the helm was usually concealed by decoration and, in the University’s Arms, this is effected by the use of a wreath and a crown.
The wreath is silver, red and black, these colours being taken from the shield. It is surmounted by a black mural crown (resembling a wall) which is reserved in modern grants for persons and organisations connected with public corporations. This part of the crest is described by the Charter document as follows: "Out of a mural crown sable a cubit arm vested argent the hand proper holding a torch gules enflamed also proper between two branches of laurel".
Finally, the cloth mantling which hangs down from the top of the helm is the survival of the cloak which was originally worn to protect the armour - it is coloured in the two principal colours of the shield, blue and gold.
In 2016, to mark the University's 50th anniversary, then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia King, the Baroness Brown of Cambridge, requested from Her Majesty's College of Arms the favour of supporters to Aston University's arms.
This was duly granted and the Letters Patent was formally presented to Aston University by the York Herald, Michael Peter Desmond O'Donoghue Esq., during a service at St Phillips Cathedral, Birmingham, on September 29th 2016.
As outlined in the Letters Patent, the arms are supported by a Canada goose and a red squirrel (see picture, right). The squirrel appears on the top of the coat of arms of Aston Manor and is a rebus (the owners of Aston Manor were the Holte family and a squirrel's nest is called a holt). Because of this ancient connection between the squirrel and Aston, the animal also appears on the University mace and on the Chancellor's chain of office (the latter was originally the property of the Mayor of Aston Manor). The Canada goose is a recent connection that symbolises the family of geese living on the University campus.
One further piece of symbolism is the gorse around the animals' necks. This is a reference to the settlement of Gosta Green - known as Gostie Green during the 18th century. It is thought that this was a conflation of the name of the original landowner (William de Gorsty) with the word 'gorse' (as gorse bushes were common nearby).
Lord Nelson of Stafford MA, HonDSc, FEng, FICE, FIMechE, FIEE, FRAeS - May 1966 to September 1979
Sir Adrian Cadbury DL, MA, HonDSc, HonLLD, CIMgt - September 1979 to August 2004
Sir Michael Bett CBE, MA, CIPD, CIMgt, HonDBA - September 2004 to May 2011
Sir John Sunderland MA, HonDLitt - May 2011 to present day
1966 - 1970 - Sir Joseph Hunt MBE, HonDSc, HonLLD
1970 - 1981 - N Bond-Williams CBE, BSc, HonDSc
1981 - 1987 - E Swainson CBE, BMet, HonDSc
1987 - 1993 - J M Raisman CBE, MA, HonLLD, HonDUniv, HonDSc
1993 - 2003 - Sir Michael Bett CBE, MA, CIPM, CIMgt, HonDBA
2003 - 2008 - Geoffrey John CBE, BA, HonDLitt
2009 - present - Paul Golby BSc, PhD, HonDSc, FREng, FEI
April 1966 - July 1969 - Sir Peter Venables PhD, HonDSc, CChem, FRSC
Aug 1969 - September 1979 - J A (now Sir Joseph) Pope PhD, DSc, HonDSc, HonLLD, HonDUniv, WhSch, CEng, FIMechE
July 1980 - August 1996 - Professor F W (now Sir Frederick) Crawford DL, MSc, PhD, DEng, DSc, HonDSc, FEng, FIEE, FIEEE, FInstP, FAPS, FIMA, CIMgt
Sept 1996 - November 2006 - Professor M T Wright PhD, FREng, FIEE, FIMechE, SenMIEEE, CMath, FIMA, CIMgt
November 2006 - present - Professor Dame Julia King MA, PhD, HonDSc, FREng, CSci, FIMMM, FInstP, FRAeS, FIMarEST, FCGI, FRSA, FEI
1966 - 1968 - K L Stretch
1969 - 1971 - Professor T B Worth, Production Engineering
1972 - 1974 - Professor A J Ede, Mechanical Engineering
1974 - 1978 - Professor M Holmes, Civil Engineering
1978 - 1980 - Professor W G S Parker, Chemistry
1981 - 1983 - Professor J E Flood, Electrical Engineering
1983 - 1986 - Professor F E Knowles, Modern Languages
1986 - 1990 - Dr H G Hunt, Business School
1990 - 1994 - Professor T H E Richards, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
1994 - 1996 - Professor M T Wright, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Business School
1996 – 2003 - Professor B J Tighe, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
2003 - 2010 - Professor Graham Hooley, Marketing Group, Business School
2010 - present - Professor Helen Higson OBE, Higher Education Learning and Management, Business School
1971 - 1973 - Professor E Braun, Physics
1971 - 1974 - J Griffiths, Building
1973 - 1976 - Professor W R McWhinnie, Chemistry
1974 - 1977 - Dr H O W Eggins, Biological Sciences
1976 - 1980 - Dr P D Jarman, Complementary Studies
1977 - 1982 - B W H White, Construction and Environmental Health
1981 - 1983 - C G Pearce, Physics
1983 - 1986 - Professor K Foster, Mechanical and Production Engineering
1984 - 1986 - Professor J T Barnby
1986 - 1988 - Professor M R W Brown, Pharmaceutical Sciences
1987 - 1990 - L J Brindley, Library and Information Services
1988 - 1992 - Professor J A Blair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
1990 - 1993 - Professor D E Ager, Modern Languages
1992 - 1994 - Professor R V Latham, Electronic Engineering and Applied Physics
1994 - 1996 - Professor B J Tighe, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
1996 - 2007 - Professor N B R Reeves, Languages and European Studies
1997 - 2004 - Professor F Hewitt, Aston Business School
1999 - 2000 - Professor M J Cardwell, Engineering and Applied Science
2002 - 2007- Professor J A Saunders, Aston Business School
2005 - 2007– Dr Mark Oakley, Learning and Teaching
2007 - 2010 - Professor Helen Higson, International Relations
2007 - 2008 - Mr John Bailey, Business Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer
2007 - present - Professor Alison Halstead, Learning and Teaching Innovation
2008 - present - Dr Philip Extance, Business Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer
2010 - present - Professor Martin Griffin, Research
2012 - present - Professor Gina Rippon, International Relations
2012 - present - Professor Asif Ahmed, Health
1998 - 2007- Professor John Saunders
2007 - 2010 - Professor Michael West
2011 - 2012 - Professor John Edwards
2012 - 2013 - Professor Nigel Driffield
2013 - present - Professor George Feiger
1999 - 2008 - Professor Ashok Kochhar
2008 - 2013 - Professor Robert Berry
2014 - present - Professor Bjorn Birgisson
2001 - 2004 - Mr Derek Barnes
2004 - 2009 - Professor Martin Griffin
2009 - 2014 - Professor Helen Griffiths
2014 - present - Professor Chris Hewitt
1998 - 2003 - Professor A F Stevens
2003 - 2013 - Professor Pamela Moores
2013 - present - Professor Simon Green
(Faculty of Engineering until 31/7/90)(Faculty ceased to exist on 31/8/98)
1966 - 1968 - Professor A C Walshaw, Mechanical Engineering
1968 - 1969 - Professor T B Worth, Production Engineering
1969 - 1971 - Professor M Holmes, Civil Engineering
1971 - 1974 - Professor J E Flood, Electrical Engineering
1974 - 1977 - Professor G V Jeffreys, Chemical Engineering
1977 - 1980 - Professor R H Thornley, Production Management and Production Technology
1980 - 1981 - Professor I L Dillamore, Metallurgy and Materials
1981 - 1983 - Professor W B Jepson, Construction and Environmental Health
1983 - 1986 - Professor G V Jeffreys, Chemical Engineering
1986 - 1990 - Professor T H E Richards, Mechanical and Production Engineering
1990 - 1993 - N I S Foot, Civil Engineering
1993 - 1997 - Dr R J Kettle, Civil Engineering
1997 - 1998 - Dr J D Miller, Chemical Engineering
(Faculty in existence from 1/1/83 to 31/7/84 and from 1/1/1991)(Faculty ceased to exist on 31/8/98)
1983 - 1984 - Professor M R W Brown, Pharmacy
1991 - 1994 - C U M Smith, Vision Sciences
1994 - 1995 - Dr N Drasdo, Vision Sciences
1995 - 1998 - Professor W J Irwin, Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences
(Faculty of Management until 24/11/82; Faculty of Management and Policy Sciences until 31/7/86; Faculty of Management and Modern Languages until 31/7/94)(Faculty ceased to exist on 31/8/98)
1973 - 1976 - R E Close
1976 - 1979 - Professor E W Davis, Finance and Accounting
1979 - 1982 - R L Amey, Post Experience Studies
1982 - 1983 - H A Nicholls, Postgraduate Studies
1983 - 1986 - Dr H G Hunt, Undergraduate Studies
1986 - 1989 - Professor J Child, Organisation Studies and Applied Psychology
1989 - 1993 - D G Gregory, Public Sector Management
1993 - 1997 - Dr G L Lee, Business School
1997 - 1998 - Professor E W Davis, Business School
(Faculty ceased to exist on 31/12/90)
1966 - 1967 - Professor W G S Parker, Chemistry
1967 - 1971 - Professor S E Hunt, Physics
1971 - 1974 - Professor W G S Parker, Chemistry
1974 - 1977 - Professor D G Wibberley, Pharmacy
1977 - 1980 - Professor J A Blair, Chemistry
1980 - 1982 - A Barnsley, Combined Honours
1982 - 1983 - Professor M R W Brown, Pharmacy
1983 - 1984 - Dr N W Grimes, Mathematics and Physics
1984 - 1987 - Professor J A Blair, Molecular Sciences
1987 - 1990 - Dr A D Perris, Pharmaceutical Sciences
1990 - C U M Smith, Vision Sciences
(Faculty of Humanities from 25/11/82 until merged with Management and Policy Sciences on 1/8/83)
1966 - 1968 - Professor I F Gibson, Industrial Administration
1968 - 1972 - Professor A G Joselin, Education
1972 - 1975 - Professor W T Singleton, Applied Psychology
1975 - 1978 - Professor D E Ager, Modern Languages
1978 - 1981 - Professor R C Whitfield, Educational Enquiry
1981 - 1983 - Professor F E Knowles, Modern Languages
January 1895 to December 1929
W E Sumpner DSc, MIEE, FCGI
January 1930 to March 1946
D (later Sir David) Anderson PhD, LLD, ARCST, HonDSc, HonACT(Birm), FRSE, FIMechE
December 1946 to March 1956
J Wilson JP, BSc, BCom, HonDSc, HonACT(Birm), FIMechE
May 1956 to April 1966
P F R (later Sir Peter) Venables PhD, HonDSc, CChem, FRCS
Dennis Ernest Ager BA (Lond), PhD (Salf) Professor in the Department of Modern Languages 1971-1999Head of Department of Modern Languages 1971-1978Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities 1975-1978Pro Vice Chancellor 1990-1993
William Oliver Alexander BSc, PhD, FIM, MIProdE Professor and Head of Department of Metallurgy 1967-76
David Bainbridge LLB, BSc, PhD Senior Lecturer in Law 1987 - 1989Lecturer 1990-1997Reader 1997-2002Professor of Marketing and Law 2002-2008Subject Group Convenor for Finance, Accounting and Law Group 2001-2005
Geoffrey Vernon Ball RD, MSc, FBOA, HD, FBCO Head of Department of Ophthalmic Optics 1968-81 and Professor from 1970
Philip Edwin Barker PhD, DSc, CEng, FIChemE Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering 1970-95
David Bennett MSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, MCMI, FHEA Lecturer in Production Management 1974-1978Senior Lecturer in Production Management 1978-1997Professor of Technology Management 1997-2011Head of Undergraduate Studies and Head of Division1984-1995 Subject Group Convenor for the Operations and Information Management Group 2001-2002
Ian Bennion BSc, PhD Professor in Electronic Engineering 1991-2010Subject Group Convenor for Electronic Engineering 2000-2010
Richard Booth MSc, PhD Lecturer 1972-1976Senior Lecturer 1976-1978Professor of Occupational Health and Safety 1978-201Head of Department of Safety and Hygiene 1978-1983Head of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 1983-1984Head of Health and Safety Unit 1984-2000
Stan Brignall BSc Senior Lecturer of Accounting 1998-2003Course Director for the MSc in Financial Management 2002 - 2005Professor of Accounting 2003-2010Subject Group Convenor for Finance, Accounting and Law Group in Aston Business School 2005-2008
Malcolm Coulthard BA, PGCE, Dip Gen Ling, PhD Professor of Forensic Linguistics 2004-2011Associate Dean for Research for School of Languages & Social Sciences from 2005-2010Director for the Centre of Forensic Linguistics
Professor John Edwards MA, PhD, FORS, FHEA Lecturer in Operational Research and Systems 1978-1991Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991, to Reader in 2001 and to Professor in 2002-2012Subject Group Convenor for the Operations and Information Management Group 2002-2003Director of Academic Programmes for the Aston Business School 2004-2007Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes for the Aston Business School 2007Deputy Dean and Head of Faculty for the Business School 2008-2010Executive Dean of the Business School 2011-2012
Gordon Greenley BA, MSc, PhD, DipM Lecturer in Marketing 1985 - 1994Professor in Marketing 1995-2010Subject Group Convenor for Marketing Group 1997-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003Deputy Head of Aston Business School and Head of Faculty 2003-2007Head of Marketing Group 2007-2009
Margaret Harris MA, PhD, BSoc Sc Lecturer and Assistant Director of Social Science 1987 - 1997Lecturer and Acting Centre Director of Social Science 1997 - 1999Professor of Public Sector Management 1999-2007
Denys James Hinton MSc, AADipl, FRIBA Professor of Architecture 1966-81Director of the affiliated School of Architecture 1966-72Head of Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1972-75 and 1978-8
Ian Holliday BSc (Imperial), PhD (Imperial), DIC Lecturer in Psychology 1997-2011Professor in Psychology 2011-2015
John Homer BSc (Leeds), PhD (Birm), DSc (Leeds), CChem, FRSC Professor in CEAC 1997-2001
Tao-Ching Hsu BSc, PhD Professor of Production Engineering 1967-73Professor of Applied Mechanics 1974-83
Lecturer Civil Engineering 1974 - 1980Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Civil Engineering 1980 - 1996Professor 1997 - 2008Subject Group Convenor for Engineering and Systems Management 1999 - 2008
Edward Stuart Kirby BSc (Econ), PhD Professor of International Economics 1965-74
Professor Ashok Kochhar FREng, BSc(Eng), Ph.D, FIMechE, FIEE Professor of Manufacturing Systems and Management 1999-2011Head of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and then Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science 1999-2008
Professor Peter Lambert BSc, Phd, DSc Lecturer in Microbiology1980-1990Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1990, to Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2005Subject Group Convenor for Biology 2007-2009
Ian Martin BSc, PhD Professor and Chairman of Department of Pharmacology 1992-1997Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences 1997-2009
Nigel Reeves MA, DPhil, OBE Professor of German 1975 - 1990Dean of the Faculty of Human Studies 1986 - 1990Head of School of Languages and European Studies 1990-1996Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1996-2007
Gordon Leonard Rogers MA, PhD, FInstP, FOSA Professor of Physics 1974-81
Edgar Alan Rose MSc, DipArch, DipTP, FRTPI, ARIBA, FRSA Professor in the affiliated School of Town and Country Planning 1969-72Professor in the Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1972-83Head of Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1975-78 and 1981-83
John Saunders MBA, BSc,PhD, FBAM, FCIM, FRSA Senior Lecturer in Marketing - 1973 - 1977Lecturer in Marketing 1977 - 1985Lecturer in Marketing and Strategic Management 1986 - 1987Professor in Marketing 1987 - 1996Professor in Marketing 1997-2010Head of Aston Business School 1997-2007
Professor Christina Schäffner MA (Leipzig), PhD (Leipzig) Lecturer in Translation Studies 1972-2007Professor of Translation Studies 2007-15
Carl Schwalbe AB, AM, PhD Lecturer of Physical Chemistry 1979-2007 Professor of Physical Chemistry 2007-2010
Gerald Scott MA, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FPRI Professor of Chemistry 1967-89
William Thomas Singleton MA, DSc Professor of Applied Psychology 1965-82Head of Department of Applied Psychology 1967-82
Ian Griffith Slater MSc, PhD, FIM, FInstP, CIMechE Professor and Head of Department of Metallurgy 1954-67
Anne Stevens MA, MSc, PhD Lecturer in Politics 1978 - 1990Professor of European Studies 1991 - 1997Professor of European Studies 1998-2008Head of School of Languages and European Studies 1998-2008
Malcolm FG Stevens PhD, DSc (Nott), Cchem, FRSC, MRPharmS Reader of Pharmacy 1972 - 1992Professor of Pharmacy 1979 - 1992Head of Pharmacy 1983 - 1989
Professor John Sullivan Assistant Lecturer 1965-68Promoted to Lecturer in 1968, to Senior Lecturer in 1989, to Reader in 1994 and to Professor in 1998-2011Head of Surface Science Research Group
Michael Sutton BA, MSc, PhD Lecturer Languages and European Studies 1997 - 1999Senior Lecturer Languages and European Studies 2000 - 2008Professor of Politics and International Relations 2008 - 2009Director of Studies for Politics & Modern History 2008 -2009
Robert Hill Thornley PhD, DSc, AMCT, CEng, FIMechE, FIMfgE, MJSME Professor and Head of Department of Production Engineering 1971-84Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering 1984-86
Mike Tisdale BSc (Hull), PhD (London), DSc (London) Senior Research Fellow 1981-84 Reader, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1984-89 Professor of Cancer Biochemistry 1989-2015Head of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences 1992-1995
Professor Mike West BSc(Econ), PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FAPA, FSIOP, FIAAP, FBAM, FCIPD, FHEA, FRSA, AcSS Professor of Organisational Psychology 1999-2011Subject Group Convenor for the Work and Organisational Psychology Group 1999-2001Research Director for the Aston Business School 2001 -2007Executive Dean of Aston Business School in April 2007-2011
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Mr Malcolm Argent CBE, DSc(Hon)Mr Eric Clements RCA, DScMr Ray Dedicoat MAAdmiral Sir Kenneth Eaton GBE, KCB, BA, FREng, DSc(Hon)Professor Peter A Hall DLittHector McLean CBE, DSc(Hon)Mr Anthony R Sweeten FI, Mfg E, FIEE, FRSA, CIMgt, DScProfessor Jenny Uglow DLittMr Steve Winwood DLitt
Baroness Betty Boothroyd LLD, DLitt, DCLSir David Joseph O’Dowd CBE, OStJ, QPM, DL, BA, Dip Soc, MSc, CCMISir Peter Rigby DL, D.UnivChristine Braddock BPhilProfessor Kenneth Herbert Fewster Dyson AcSS, FBA
Dr David Gwilym GregoryEdward Raymond EvansAlan David Jones OBEMarylane BarfieldSir Nicholas Dominic Cadbury MBA, CIMgt, FCIMProfessor Cary Lynn Cooper MBA, MSc, PhD, FBPsS, BPsS, FRSA, FRSocMed, FRSH, CIMgt, DLitt, DBA, CBEDr John Parnaby FREng, PhD, MIEE, FIEE, FIProdE, FIMechE, DTech, DSc, DUniv, DEng, IEE, CBEProfessor John Maxwell Irvine MSc, DL, PhD, CPhys, FinstP, FRAS, FRSE, CIMgt, FRCSEd, DSc, DEd, DUniv, LLD
Dr Ruth Montague PhDProf Peter Doyle BA, MSc, MBA, PhDProf Clifford Robert Burrows PhD, DSC(Eng),FREngTerrence Patrick Leahy BScProf Alfred GrosserBrian HarrisonEdwin Dwyer Doolan MBEThe Rt Hon Jeffrey William Rooker BScEng, MA, CEng, FIEE, MBIM
Jennifer BaconSir Michael Bishop CBECanon Richard George Bollard MA, BD, AKCMichael Duncan BuerkReverend Malcolm GoldsmithDerek William HarrisFather Anthony TaylorLeonard Leslie Hubert Vale-OnslowRobert Alfred Woolley MBE, CIM, BE
Professor Michael Alan Hughes MScErnest Clifford WarwickAlderman Albert Leslie Samuel Jackson JPProfessor Gary Lilien Hon DSc(Gwent), Hon DSc(Liege)Sir Edward Thomas Downes CBE
The Rt Hon Baroness Knight of Collingtree DBEPam Liversidge BSc, CEng, FIMechE, FCGI, FRSAProfessor Brian Pentecost MD, FRCPLord George Simpson of Dunkeld FCCA, FIMI, FCIT, ACISDame Rachel Waterhouse DBE, MA, PhD, Hon FGIA, HonDLiH(Lough), HonDSocSc(Birm)
Professor Raymond Baker BSc, Phd(Leics), FRSProfessor Thomas Connors BSc, PhD, DSc, FIBiolSir Timothy Harford Bt, MAThe Rt Hon Roy Hattersley BSc(Econ), Hon DSc(Sheff Hallam), Hon DCL(Hull)Dr Seiumeon Inaba DEngDr Peter Knight CBE, BA, DPhil(York)
Sir Michael Bett CBE, MASir Frederick Edward Robin Butler GCB, CVO, MAEna Winifred Evans BSc, FRSAProfessor Douglas William John Johnson BA, BLittLord Philip Douglas Knights CBE, QPM, CIMgt, DLSir John Patrick Grosvenor Lawrence CBE, DLDr Malcolm Douglas Skillicorn TD, BA, PhDBruce Winton Tanner BA, DLJames Robert Tunley OBE, IPFAEdmund Arthur Wallis FEng, MIEE, MIMechEPatrick William Welch BA, HonLLD
Professor Peter John Bell Clarricoats PhD, DSc, FEng, FRSProfessor Alan William Cuthbert MA, PhD, FRSProfessor Charon Robin Gannellin PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FRSProfessor William Alexander Gambling PhD, DSc, FEng, Hon FIEE, FRS
Adrian Godfrey Davies LLM, Master of ScienceSir Nicholas Goodison MA, PHD, FSA, FRSA, FCIBStuart Norman Mustow BSc, FEng, FICEThe Rt Hon Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury CBE, FBAProfessor Semir Zeki BScAnat, PhD, FRS
Professor Anthony Cusens OBE, PhD, FEng, FRSEPeter Michael Diamond MA, FMA, FRSASir Derek Hornby CIMgt, FRSAVera Stephanie Shirley OBE, BSc, CIMgt, FBCS, CEng, FRSA
Professor Colin Blakemore FRS, MA, PhD, ScD, DScSir John Egan BSc, MScEconJohn Michael Raisman CBE, MA, CIMgt
Sir Graham Day LLBSir Leonard Peach MA, DPMRichard Whittington MA, BM, BCh, DObst, RCOG, DCH, DMJ, MRCGP
Sir John Fairclough BScTech, FEng, FIEE, FBCSSir William Francis CBE, FEng, FICESir Paul Girolami FCAProfessor Charles Marsden DSc, FRS, FRCP, MRCPsychJames Porteous BSc, FEng, FIEE, FInstE, FSS, CIMgt
Charles Patrick Duncan Davidson MAProfessor John Davidson PhD, ScD, FRS, FEng, FIChemE, FIMechEProfessor Edward Feigenbaum BS, PhD
Sir William Barlow FEng, FIMechE, FIEE, BSc, CIMgtProfessor Bernard Crossland CBE, FRS, FEng, FIMechE, FIEI, MSc, PhD, DScSir Christopher Hogg MA, MBAAlfred David Owen MA, FIMgt
Professor Eric Ash CBE, FRS, FEngSir James Ball MA, PhD, CIMgtProfessor Fergus Campbell FRS, MD, PhDSir Geoffrey Chandler CBE, MAThe Rt Hon Lord Gregson of Stockport DL, AMCT, CIMgtProfessor Helmut Wachter MPharm, PhD
Professor Thomas Lupton DipEconPolSci, MA, PhDGeoffrey Thomas Shepherd CBE, BScEric Swainson CBE, BMet
Kenneth Brooksbank DSC, MA, MEdThe Rt Hon Lord Butterworth of Warwick CBE, DLSir Kenneth Corfield FEng, FIMechEIan Hay Davison BSc(Econ), FCASir Edwin Nixon CBE, MAEric Colin Sayers CBE, FCASir Robert Telford CBE, DL, FEng
Sir James Black MB, ChB, FRCP, FRSProfessor Peter Jeavons MA, FRCP, MB, BChirSir Jeremy Morse KCMG, MA
Charles Alfred George Cook MC, GM, FRCSProfessor Wilfred Brooks Heginbotham OBE, MScTech, PhD, DScRobin Buchanan Nicholson MA, PhD, DSc, FEng, FRSKenneth Page MMus(Hon), LRAM, MSc; Master of Science
Sir Alan Harris CBE, BSc(Eng), FEngSir Trevor HoldsworthGodfrey MesservySir Bruce Williams KBE
The Rt Hon Lord Hunter of Newington MBE, FRCP, DLRendel Sebastian Pease MA, DSc, HonDUniv, FRSThe Rt Hon Lord Reilly of BromptonThe Rt Hon Shirley Williams MA
The Rt Rev Mark Green MC, MAAlfred James Kennedy CBE, PhD, DSc, FEngAlec Westley Skempton DSc, FRS
The Rt Hon Viscount Caldecote of Bristol MA, DSc, HonDSc, FEngSir Robert Clayton CBE, MA, FEngDesmond George King-Hele MA, FRSThe Rt Hon Lord Lever of ManchesterSir Donald MacDougall CBE, FBASir Richard O’Brien DSO, MCDoct. ir, Jacques Peters Doct hon causa, MemRoyalAcad, AssocNAESir Joseph Pope PhD, DSc, CEngMia Kellmer Pringle CBESir Jack Rampton KCB, FCMIThe Rt Hon Gordon Richardson MBESir Bernard Scott CBE, TD, FEngSir Francis Tombs BSc(Econ), FEngPaul Tortelier
Sir Hugh Ford PhD, DSc(Eng), FRSHoward Hicks CBE, CEngJohn Richard Lill OBE, FRCMDhani Prem MRCS, LRCP, DTM&H
Sir Robert Douglas OBE, FIOBBeryl FoyleSir Andrew Huxley FRS, MAThe Rt Hon Roy Jenkins MA, MPEdward Lowbury MA, DMSir Ronald McIntosh KCB, CBThe Rt Hon Lionel Murray PC, OBERobert StampfliWilliam Taylor CBE, PhD
Terence George AustinSir Robert Booth CBE, TD, LLBLady Barbara Jackson DBE, MALord Seebohm of Hertford TD, LLDThe Rt Hon Lord Thomson of MonifiethEric Turner CBE, FCASir Arnold Weinstock BSc(Econ), FSS
Richard Rodney BennettNoel Bond-Williams CBE, BSc, CEngSir Alan Cottrell PhD, DSc, FRSSir Eric Eastwood CBE, MSc, PhD, CEng, FRSSir Frank Figgures KCB, CMGSir Arnold Hall MA, FRS
Hannes Olof Gasta Alfven PhDSir Kenneth Berrill KCB, BSc, MASir Anthony Part GCB, MBE, MADame Margaret Kate Weston BSc(Eng), CEngThomas Douglas Whittet BSc, PhDKenneth W Bromell BSc; Master of Science
Andrew Joseph Lucien Blanc-Lapierre DScHeinrich BallSir Adrian Cadbury MASir Michael Clapham KBE, MABuares Kamthong PhDRobert James Rackham MA, MSc, CEng; Master of Science
Leslie Clifford Bateman CMG, PhD, DSc, FRSSir Robert Birley KCMG, MA, LLD, DPhil, DCL, FSASir Frederick Catherwood MA, FCAThomas Harry Parkinson CBE, DL, LLBLord Plowden of Plowden KCB, KBE, MA, DSc
Sir Stanley Brown CBE, BScPaul Strangman Cadbury CBESir St John Elstub CBE, BScSir Montague Finniston BSc, PhD, FEng, FRSHerwart Optiz Dr-Ing, Drhc, DrSc
The Rt Hon Anthony Wedgwood Benn MA, MP, PCFrederick Garner CBE, CEngLord Kearton OBE, MA, BSc, FRSProfessor Phillip Burton Moon MSc, MA, PhD, FRSSir Frederick Warner BSc
James Johnstone Gracie CBE, LLD, CEngSir Arnold Lindley DSc, CGIA, CEngLyndall Fowness Urwick OBE, MC, MA, CEngSir Peter Venables PhDSir Hugh Wilson OBEThe Rt Rev John Leonard Wilson KCMG, MA, DD
Sir David Watherston KBE, CMG, MA
Sir Stephen Brown BSc(Eng), CEngSir Derman Christopherson OBE, DPhil, FRS, FIMechESir Reay Geddes KBESir Peter Medawar CBE, MA, DSc, FRSThe Rt Hon George Woodcock CBE, MABaroness Wootton of Abinger CH, MA, LHD, LLD
Sir David Anderson PhD, LLD, CEngLord Baker of Windrush OBE, MA, ScD, FRSThe Rt Hon Lord Boyle of Handsworth CHThe Rt Hon Lord George-BrownJohn Gildas Collingwood BSc, FEngSir Joseph Hunt MBEThe Rt Hon Henry George Baron Nelson of Stafford MA, FEngAlderman Harry Watton CBE, JPJames Wilson JP, BSc, BCom, CEng
Sir Adrian CadburyMr Jasper CarrottMr Douglas EllisLord Howell of Aston ManorMrs Anne KenrickMr Chris OakleyMr Robert Taylor
Honorary Alderman Albert Jackson (Chairman 1984-2005) Councillor Harold Blumenthal (Chairman 1983-84) Councillor Sir Neville Bosworth (Chairman 1982-83) Honorary Alderman Clive Wilkinson (Chairman 1981-82)
Profesor Michael Wright, PhD, FREng, FIEE, FIMechE, SenMIEEE, CMath, FIMA, CIMgt
Sir Adrian Cadbury DL, MA, HonDSc, HonLLD, CIMgt, HonDLitt
Sir Michael Bett CBE, MA, CIPM, CIMgt, Hon DBA
Sir Joseph Hunt MBE, HonDSc, HonLLD
Mrs Evelyn (later Lady) Pope