History & traditions

Aston University Crest

Aston University received its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966.

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.

Foundation Degree


Black stuff of special design, having coat-type sleeve, narrow facings which continue around the neck and with extra wide gathers round the back


Black stuff, modified simple shape, faced on the outside of the front strap with University lining


Black mortar board

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering 


Black stuff of special design, having coat-type sleeve, narrow facings which continue round the neck and with extra wide gathers round the back


Black stuff, modified simple shape, faced inside for three inches with University lining


Black mortar board

Master of Science 


Black stuff of special design, having coat-type sleeve, narrow facings which continue round the neck and with extra wide gathers round the back


Black stuff, modified simple shape, fully lined with University lining


Black mortar board

Master of Philosophy 


Black stuff of special design, having coat-type sleeve, narrow facings which continue round the neck and with extra wide gathers round the back


Blue stuff, modified simple shape, fully lined with University lining


Black mortar board

Doctor of Philosophy 


Claret colour cloth robe, having coat-type sleeve, narrow facings which continue round the neck and with extra wide gathers round the back


Modified simple shape, in University Red stuff, faced inside for three inches with University lining


Black cloth bonnet with cord and tassels of University Red

Doctor of Science 


Same shape as for Doctor of Philosophy but in University Red, with facings on collar of University lining and gold cuffs on sleeves


Same shape as for Doctor of Philosophy but of gold silk and fully lined with University lining


Black velvet bonnet with cord and tassels in gold

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 Shield

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

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.

Supporters to the Arms

Supporters to the arms

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).

Chancellors of the University


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


Pro-Chancellors of the University

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


Vice-Chancellors of the University

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


Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellors of the University

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


Pro-Vice-Chancellors of the University

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


Executive Dean of Aston Business School

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

Executive Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science


1999 - 2008 - Professor Ashok Kochhar

2008 - 2013 - Professor Robert Berry

2014 - present - Professor Bjorn Birgisson

Executive Dean of the School of Life & Health Sciences


2001 - 2004 - Mr Derek Barnes

2004 - 2009 - Professor Martin Griffin

2009 - 2014 - Professor Helen Griffiths

2014 - present - Professor Chris Hewitt

Executive Dean of the School of Languages & Social Sciences


1998 - 2003 - Professor A F Stevens

2003 - 2013 - Professor Pamela Moores

2013 - present - Professor Simon Green


Deans of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

(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

Deans of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences


(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

Deans of the Faculty of Management, Languages and European Studies


(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

Deans of the Faculty of Science


(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

Deans of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities


(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 


Principals of the Former Colleges

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

Professor Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed on retired University staff who attained the rank of Professor. Ordinance XIII sets out the terms of appointment of Emeritus Professors.
  • Dennis Ernest Ager BA (Lond), PhD (Salf) 
    Professor in the Department of Modern Languages 1971-1999
    Head of Department of Modern Languages 1971-1978
    Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities 1975-1978
    Pro 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 - 1989
    Lecturer 1990-1997
    Reader 1997-2002
    Professor of Marketing and Law 2002-2008
    Subject 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

  • Joseph Terence Barnby BSc, PhD, CEng, FIM
    Professor of Metallurgy and Materials 1976-84
    Head of Department of Metallurgy 1981-84 

  • Judith Baxter BA (East Ang), PgCE (Cam),MSc (Sur), Phd (Read),FHEA,FRSA 
    Lecturer in Applied Linguistics 2009-2012
    Professor of Applied Linguistics 2012-2015

  • David Bennett MSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, MCMI, FHEA
    Lecturer in Production Management 1974-1978
    Senior Lecturer in Production Management 1978-1997
    Professor of Technology Management 1997-2011
    Head 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 1991-2010
    Subject Group Convenor for Electronic Engineering 2000-2010

  • John Alexander Blair PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FRCPath 
    Professor of Chemistry 1975-92

  • Keith Blow  BA,PhD, M Inst P, C Phys, F Inst P
    Professor of Electronic Engineering 1999-2016
    Visiting Professor 1993-1999

  • Richard Booth MSc, PhD
    Lecturer 1972-1976
    Senior Lecturer 1976-1978
    Professor of Occupational Health and Safety 1978-201
    Head of Department of Safety and Hygiene 1978-1983
    Head of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 1983-1984
    Head of Health and Safety Unit 1984-2000

  • Ernest Braun MSc, DrRerNat, PhD 
    Professor of Physics 1967-84
    Head of Technology Policy Unit 1977-84 

  • Stan Brignall BSc
    Senior Lecturer of Accounting 1998-2003
    Course Director for the MSc in Financial Management 2002 - 2005
    Professor of Accounting 2003-2010
    Subject Group Convenor for Finance, Accounting and Law Group in Aston Business School 2005-2008

  • Michael Robert Withington Brown MSc, PhD, DSc, FRPharmS, FIBiol 
    Professor of Microbiology Professor of Pharmacy 1970-97
    Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1989-1992
    Dean of Faculty of Science 1982-1983
    Dean of Faculty of Life and Health Sciences 1983-1984
    Pro-Vice Chancellor 1986-1988 

  • Anne Burns BA(Hons), MA, PgD Tesol, PhD 
    Distinguished Visitor 2009, Honorary Professor in Languae Education 2009-2010,
    Professor in Language Education and Director of the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston 2010-2014

  • Michael James Cardwell BSc, PhD (Lond), DIC, ARCS, CEng, FIEE, MIEEE
    British Telecom Professor 1991-2000
    Head of Department of Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics 1991-1997
    Head of Division of Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1997-1998
    Pro Vice Chancellor 1998-2000 

  • Malcolm Coulthard BA, PGCE, Dip Gen Ling, PhD
    Professor of Forensic Linguistics 2004-2011
    Associate Dean for Research for School of Languages & Social Sciences from 2005-2010
    Director for the Centre of Forensic Linguistics

  • Evan John Davies PhD, DSc, CEng, FIEE, SenMemIEEE
    Professor of Electrical Engineering 1967-83
    Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1981-83 

  • Edward William Davis MA (St And)
    Lloyds Bank Professor of Business Finance 1972-2001
    Dean of the Faculty of Management 1976-1979
    Dean of the Faculty of Management, Languages & European Studies 1997-1998 

  • Eric Downham BSc, PhD, CEng, AMRAeS
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1965-79 

  • Elwyn Edwards BA, PhD, MRAeS, FBPsS 
    Professor of Applied Psychology 1976-84
    Head of Department of Applied Psychology 1982-83 

  • John Edwards MA, PhD, FORS, FHEA
    Lecturer in Operational Research and Systems 1978-1991
    Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991, to Reader in 2001 and to Professor in 2002-2012
    Subject Group Convenor for the Operations and Information Management Group 2002-2003
    Director of Academic Programmes for the Aston Business School 2004-2007
    Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes for the Aston Business School 2007
    Deputy Dean and Head of Faculty for the Business School 2008-2010Executive Dean of the Business School 2011-2012

  • Charles Brian Ferry BPharm, BSc, PhD 
    Professor of Pharmacology 1973-96 

  • John Edward Flood OBE, PhD, DSc, FCGI, FInstP, CEng, FIEE
    Professor of Electrical Engineering 1965-90
    Head of Department of Electrical Engineering 1967-81 and 1983-85
    Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Applied Physics 1985-89

  • Jonathan M. Gibson MB BS, MD, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth
    Professor of Ophthalmology 2007- 2017
  • Gordon Greenley BA, MSc, PhD, DipM
    Lecturer in Marketing 1985 - 1994
    Professor in Marketing 1995-2010
    Subject Group Convenor for Marketing Group 1997-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003
    Deputy Head of Aston Business School and Head of Faculty 2003-2007
    Head of Marketing Group 2007-2009

  • William Frank Gutteridge MBE, MA, DipEd
    Director of Complementary Studies 1971-80
    Professor of International Studies 1976-82
    Head of Political and Economic Studies Group 1980-82 

  • Graham Harding BSc (Lond), PhD (Birm), DSc, CPsychol, FBPsS, HonMRCP 
    Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology 1978 
    Head of Department of OpthalmicOptics 1981-89 
    Head of Psychology & Human Biology Division 1997-98 
    Director of the Neurosciences Research Institute 1998-2001 

  • Margaret Harris  MA, PhD, BSoc Sc
    Lecturer and Assistant Director of Social Science 1987 - 1997
    Lecturer and Acting Centre Director of Social Science 1997 - 1999
    Professor of Public Sector Management 1999-2007

  • Denys James Hinton MSc, AADipl, FRIBA 
    Professor of Architecture 1966-81
    Director of the affiliated School of Architecture 1966-72
    Head of Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1972-75 and 1978-8

  • Ian Holliday BSc (Imperial), PhD (Imperial), DIC
    Lecturer in Psychology 1997-2011
    Professor in Psychology 2011-2015

  • John Homer BSc (Leeds), PhD (Birm), DSc (Leeds), CChem, FRSC
    Professor in CEAC 1997-2001

  • Graham Hooley  BSc, PhD
    Lecturer in Marketing 1974 - 1988
    Senior Lecturer in Marketing 1998
    Professor in Marketing and Head of Marketing Division 1990-1997
    Director of Research for Aston Business School 1998-2001
    Deputy  Head of Aston Business School 2002-2003
    Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor 2003-2010

  • Tao-Ching Hsu BSc, PhD
    Professor of Production Engineering 1967-73
    Professor of Applied Mechanics 1974-83 

  • Stanley Ernest Hunt BSc, PhD, FInstP, FINucE 
    Professor and Head of Department of Physics 1964-82

  • William James Irwin BPharm, PhD, DSc(Lond), CChem, FRSC, FRPharmS 
    Professor and Dean of Faculty of life & Health Sciences 1995-1998
    Director of Research and Pharmacy Research Institute 1998-2001  

  • Geoffrey Vaughan Jeffreys PhD, DSc, FRSC, CEng, FIChemE 
    Professor and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering 1965-86 

  • William Brian Jepson MSc, CEng, MICE
    Professor of Construction and Environmental Health 1977-83
    Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction 1983

  • Barry Jones DipTech, MSc, CEng, MICE
    Subject Group Convenor for mechanical Engineering 1999-2004

  • Arnold George Joselin BSc, DipEd, MA, PhD 
    Professor and Head of Department of Education 1967-73 
  • Roger Kettle  BSc, MSc, PhD

    Lecturer Civil Engineering 1974 - 1980
    Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Civil Engineering  1980 - 1996
    Professor 1997 - 2008
    Subject Group Convenor for Engineering and Systems Management 1999 - 2008

  • Edward Stuart Kirby BSc (Econ), PhD 
    Professor of International Economics 1965-74 

  • Francis Edward Knowles MA (Oxon), MSc (Salf)
    Professor in the Department of Modern Languages 1977-1999
    Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities 1981-1984
    Senior Pro Vice Chancellor 1983-1986 

  • Ashok Kochhar FREng, BSc(Eng), Ph.D, FIMechE, FIEE
    Professor of Manufacturing Systems and Management 1999-2011
    Head of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and then Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science 1999-2008

  • Peter Lambert BSc, Phd, DSc
    Lecturer in Microbiology1980-1990
    Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1990, to Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2005
    Subject Group Convenor for Biology 2007-2009

  • Rodney Vaughan Latham DSc, CPhys, FInstP, CEng, FIEE 
    Professor of Applied Physics
    Pro-Vice Chancellor 1992-94
    Head of Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering & Applied Physics 1989-1991
    Head of Department of Computer Science & Applied Mathematics 1994-96 

  • Derek Frank Lawden MA, ScD, FRSNZ, FIMA 
    Professor of Mathematical Physics 1967-83
    Head of Department of Mathematics 1977-83 

  • Raymond Loveridge MA, MSc, DipEconPolSci 
    Professor of Manpower Management 1973-98 

  • Ian Martin BSc, PhD
    Professor and Chairman of Department of Pharmacology 1992-1997
    Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences 1997-2009

  • Alan John Matty PhD, DSc, FIBiol 
    Professor and Head of Department of Biological Sciences 1965-83

  • Pamela Moores OBE, BA, MA, PhD, FHEA
    Executive Dean of School of Languages and Social Sciences (formerly School of Languages and European Studies) 2003-2013

  • Norman Mullineux BSc, PhD 
    Professor of Mathematics 1964-83
    Head of Department of Mathematics 1956-76 

  • Thomas Mulvey DSc, DipRMS, FInstP, CEng, FIEE 
    Professor of Physics 1973-86 

  • William Ewart John Neal BSc, PhD, FInstP, CEng, FIEE, FInstE, MOSA 
    Professor of Physics 1979-84,
    Head of Department of Physics 1983-84 

  • William Tobias Norris MA, ScD (MIT), CEng, FIEE, FIMechE, FCSD, SMIEEE, FRSA Professor of Electrical Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1987-2003 

  • Francis Michael Page BA, PhD, ScD
    Professor of Chemistry 1965-86 

  • John Edward Tyrrell Penny BSc(Eng)(Lond), PhD, CMath, FIMA 
    Head of Mechanical and Production Engineering Department 1987-1991
    Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department 1992-1996
    Director of Research School of Engineering & Applied Science 2001-2005
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2002-2005

  • William George Sharland Parker BSc, PhD, HonDSc, CChem, FRSC
    Professor of Chemistry 1958-80
    Head of Department of Chemistry 1958-78 

  • Hanus Julius Pick BEng, PhD, CEng, FIM, FIMechE 
    Professor of Materials Technology 1965-82 

  • Kenneth Edwin Porter BSc, PhD, CEng, FIChemE 
    Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering 1975-79
    Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering 1979-95

  • Alan William Pratt DSc, FInstP, HonFIAAS 
    Professor and Head of Department of Building 1965-76
    Professor and Head of Department of Construction and Environmental Health 1976-83 

  • Geoffrey John Frederick Pugh PhD, DSc, FIBiol 
    Professor of Biological Sciences 1975-83 

  • Nigel Reeves MA, DPhil, OBE
    Professor of German 1975 - 1990
    Dean of the Faculty of Human Studies 1986 - 1990
    Head of School of Languages and European Studies 1990-1996
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1996-2007

  • Gina Rippon BSc, PhD,
    Chair of Cognitive Neuroimaging, Aston Brain Centre2008-16
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) 2012-15
    Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programmes and International Relations 2007-10
    Deputy Head of School of Life and Health Sciences and Director, Postgraduate Taught Programmes 2005-07
    Head of Psychology Group 2003-05
    Deputy Director, Neurosciences Research Institute 2001-2005

  • 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 1969-72
    Professor in the Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1972-83
    Head 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 - 1977
    Lecturer in Marketing 1977 - 1985
    Lecturer in Marketing and Strategic Management 1986 - 1987
    Professor in Marketing 1987 - 1996
    Professor in Marketing 1997-2010
    Head of Aston Business School 1997-2007

  • Christina Schäffner MA (Leipzig), PhD (Leipzig) 
    Lecturer in Translation Studies 1972-2007
    Professor 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 1965-82
    Head 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 - 1990
    Professor of European Studies 1991 - 1997
    Professor of European Studies 1998-2008
    Head of School of Languages and European Studies 1998-2008

  • Malcolm FG Stevens PhD, DSc (Nott), Cchem, FRSC, MRPharmS 
    Reader of Pharmacy 1972 - 1992
    Professor of Pharmacy 1979 - 1992
    Head of Pharmacy 1983 - 1989

  • Professor John Sullivan 
    Assistant Lecturer 1965-68
    Promoted to Lecturer in 1968, to Senior Lecturer in 1989, to Reader in 1994 and to Professor in 1998-2011
    Head of Surface Science Research Group 

  • Michael Sutton  BA, MSc, PhD 
    Lecturer Languages and European Studies 1997 - 1999
    Senior Lecturer Languages and European Studies 2000 - 2008
    Professor of Politics and International Relations 2008 - 2009
    Director 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 1971-84
    Professor 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 1989-2015
    Head 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 1999-2011
    Subject Group Convenor for the Work and Organisational Psychology Group 1999-2001
    Research Director for the Aston Business School 2001 -2007
    Executive Dean of Aston Business School in April 2007-2011

  • Richard Charles Whitfield BSc, PhD, MA, MEd 
    Professor and Head of Department of Educational Enquiry 1975-83

  • Denman George Wibberley PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC 
    Professor of Medicinal Chemistry 1971-83
    Head of Department of Pharmacy 1976-79

  • Margaret Woods Phd, FRSA
    Chair in Risk Management, 2012-15
    Senior Lecturer, Accounting Group 2010-12

  • Thomas Bertram Worth MSc, CGIA, CEng, FIMechE, FIProdE, MIEE 
    Head of Department of Production Engineering 1957-71 and Professor from 1964 

  • Professor M T Wright PhD, FREng, FIEE, FIMechE, SenMIEEE, CMath, FIMA, CIMgt 
    Vice-Chancellor 1996-2006

Other Emeritus Appointments

  • Alan Barnsley BSc, CEng, MIMM, MIGeol, FGS 
    Director of Combined Honours Programme 1975-82

  • Edward Harry Charles Driver MSc, FLA 
    University Librarian 1966-77
Procedure for Nomination and Award of Honorary Degrees



Adel Al Aali
Rooney Anand
Mike Bandar
Geetu Bharwaney
Dr Stephen Billingham
Adam Blaskey
Derek Brewer
Rob Brighouse
Laurence Callow
Karen Capel
Barbara Cattell MPharmS
Professor the Honourable Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, GBS, JP
Sultan Choudhury
Lucas Chow
Matthew Crummack
Eva Eisenschimmel
Ismail Elgizouli
Professor John Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO
Janine Garner
Anisa Haghdadi BEM
Nick Holzherr
Julia King DBE, FREng, The Baroness Brown of Cambridge
Allen Leatt
Santrupt Misra
Professor Kevin Morley
Nainesh Patel
Robert Perrins
Vikas Pota
Viswas Raghavan
Dr Alastair Riddell
Euan Sutherland
Dr Brian Tempest
Shilen Thakrar
Shriti Vadera
Haresh Vaswani 
Dr David Yates


The Rt Hon. the Baroness Ashton of Upholland
Chris Bale
Jerry Blackett
Bridget Blow CBE
Alison Brimelow
Evan Davis
Uta Frith DBE FRS FBA FMedSci
Bridget McIntyre
Elizabeth Mills OBE
David Stidwill
The Rt Hon. the Baroness Warsi
Commander Sarah West 
The Rt Hon David Willetts
Jacky Wright
Professor Sir Nicholas Wright 


Dorian Chan
The Honourable Mr Justice Davis
Dr David Gregory-Kumar 
Mark Koziol 
Dr Tim Leverton 
Dr Sue Noffke 
The Very Revd Catherine Ogle 
Bhai Sahib, Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia 
Roshan Thomas 
Arunachalam Vellayan 
Jason Wouhra 
Mike Wright


Dr Mary Baker MBE 
Professor John Child 
Dr Daniel Franklin  
Dr Colin Goddard 
Dr Mark Hales 
The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH PC 
The Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath PC OBE 
The Rt Hon the Lord Kinnock PC 
Sir Ken Robinson 
Dr Andrew Stevens 
Professor Ningsheng Xu 


Dr John Bamforth
Lord Kenneth Baker
The Rt Hon The Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone PC DL
Professor Dame Sally C Davies
Dr Bahaa El Shaarani
Professor Binna Kandola
Dr Susan Mahony
Sir John Parker FREng
Professor Pradeep Kumar Sen
Professor Padma Vasudevan Sen
Andy Street
Councillor Mike Whitby
Woon Wing Yip


Maurice Perks, DSc
Jordana Pavel, DLitt 
Iain Gray, DSc
Lord Stafford, DL, FRAgS, DSc
Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, DSc
Sir Roland Jackson, DSc 
Paul Bassi CBE, DSc
Mohammad Nazir OBE, DSc
Ian Robertson, DSc
Robert Walter MP, DLitt
John Varley, DSc
Sir Richard Lambert, DSc
Dame Julia Cleverdon, DSc


Michael Beasley
Geoffrey John
Lady Susan Cadbury
Datin Kathleen Chew Wai Lin
Professor Roger Flanagan
Lord John Kerr
Randy Lerner
Vij Randeniya
David Smith
Professor Peter Wells
Dato Yeoh Seok Hong


Harriet Lamb CBE
Perween Warsi CBE
Datuk Mohamed Al Amin
Norman Askew
Cynthia Bower
Michael Clarke CBE
Professor Sue Hill OBE
The RT Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CBE
Dr Anthony Hayward
Nick Paul CBE
Baroness Usha Prashar CBE
Professor Derek Pugh
Lord David Sainsbury of Turville
Peter Thong
Professor Helen Wallace


Sir Stuart Rose
David Packham
Ravi Kant
Paul Sabapathy CBE
Professor Malcolm Stevens CBE
Malcolm Harbour
Dame Lynne Brindley
Lord Browne of Madingley
Professor Kevin Warwick
Gisela Stuart


Khurshid Ahmed
Gurjeet Bains
Sir Albert Bore
Lord Paul Drayson
Doug Ellis OBE
Paul Golby
Ashok Kumar
Michael Oglesby
Dianne Thompson CBE
Simon Topman
Tim Watts


Sir Digby Jones LLb(hons), DUniv, DLitt, CIMgt, FRI
Joan Armatrading MBE BA(Hons)(Open), HonDLitt
Karen Armstrong BA, MLitt(Oxford), HonDLitt
John Edwards, HonDSc
Ged Fisher CIPD, FRSA, BSc(Econ)(Hons)(LSE)
Elspeth Insch OBE, BSc, MPhil, DipEd, Cert Ed, FRGS, FRSA
Josie Lawrence BA(Hons), HonDLitt(Wolv), HonDLitt
Chris Tarrant OBE, BA(Hons)(Birm), HonDLitt
Professor Li Yue’e MA(R’dg), PhD, HonDLitt


Sir Ian Charles Rayner Byatt HonDSc(Brunel), HonDSc(UCE), HonDSc
Sir Adrian Cadbury DL, MA, HonDSc, HonLLD, CIMgt, HonDLitt
Colin John Clinton BSc(Hons), CEng, FICE, FInstCES,FIHT, HonDSc
Isabella Krystyna Moore CBE, MA, MITI, MIL, Hon.DUniv, HonDLitt
Dr Sarindar Singh Sahota BSc, DEng, HonDSc
Rabbi Leonard Tann MA, HonDLitt


Mr Malcolm Argent CBE, DSc(Hon)
Mr Eric Clements RCA, DSc
Mr Ray Dedicoat MA
Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton GBE, KCB, BA, FREng, DSc(Hon)
Professor Peter A Hall DLitt
Hector McLean CBE, DSc(Hon)
Mr Anthony R Sweeten FI, Mfg E, FIEE, FRSA, CIMgt, DSc
Professor Jenny Uglow DLitt
Mr Steve Winwood DLitt


Baroness Betty Boothroyd LLD, DLitt, DCL
Sir David Joseph O’Dowd CBE, OStJ, QPM, DL, BA, Dip Soc, MSc, CCMI
Sir Peter Rigby DL, D.Univ
Christine Braddock BPhil
Professor Kenneth Herbert Fewster Dyson AcSS, FBA


Dr David Gwilym Gregory
Edward Raymond Evans
Alan David Jones OBE
Marylane Barfield
Sir Nicholas Dominic Cadbury MBA, CIMgt, FCIM
Professor Cary Lynn Cooper MBA, MSc, PhD, FBPsS, BPsS, FRSA, FRSocMed, FRSH, CIMgt, DLitt, DBA, CBE
Dr John Parnaby FREng, PhD, MIEE, FIEE, FIProdE, FIMechE, DTech, DSc, DUniv, DEng, IEE, CBE
Professor John Maxwell Irvine MSc, DL, PhD, CPhys, FinstP, FRAS, FRSE, CIMgt, FRCSEd, DSc, DEd, DUniv, LLD


Dr Ruth Montague PhD
Prof Peter Doyle BA, MSc, MBA, PhD
Prof Clifford Robert Burrows PhD, DSC(Eng),FREng
Terrence Patrick Leahy BSc
Prof Alfred Grosser
Brian Harrison
Edwin Dwyer Doolan MBE
The Rt Hon Jeffrey William Rooker BScEng, MA, CEng, FIEE, MBIM


Jennifer Bacon
Sir Michael Bishop CBE
Canon Richard George Bollard MA, BD, AKC
Michael Duncan Buerk
Reverend Malcolm Goldsmith
Derek William Harris
Father Anthony Taylor
Leonard Leslie Hubert Vale-Onslow
Robert Alfred Woolley MBE, CIM, BE


Professor Michael Alan Hughes MSc
Ernest Clifford Warwick
Alderman Albert Leslie Samuel Jackson JP
Professor Gary Lilien Hon DSc(Gwent), Hon DSc(Liege)
Sir Edward Thomas Downes CBE


The Rt Hon Baroness Knight of Collingtree DBE
Pam Liversidge BSc, CEng, FIMechE, FCGI, FRSA
Professor Brian Pentecost MD, FRCP
Lord George Simpson of Dunkeld FCCA, FIMI, FCIT, ACIS
Dame Rachel Waterhouse DBE, MA, PhD, Hon FGIA, HonDLiH(Lough), HonDSocSc(Birm)


Professor Raymond Baker BSc, Phd(Leics), FRS
Professor Thomas Connors BSc, PhD, DSc, FIBiol
Sir Timothy Harford Bt, MA
The Rt Hon Roy Hattersley BSc(Econ), Hon DSc(Sheff Hallam), Hon DCL(Hull)
Dr Seiumeon Inaba DEng
Dr Peter Knight CBE, BA, DPhil(York)


Sir Michael Bett CBE, MA
Sir Frederick Edward Robin Butler GCB, CVO, MA
Ena Winifred Evans BSc, FRSA
Professor Douglas William John Johnson BA, BLitt
Lord Philip Douglas Knights CBE, QPM, CIMgt, DL
Sir John Patrick Grosvenor Lawrence CBE, DL
Dr Malcolm Douglas Skillicorn TD, BA, PhD
Bruce Winton Tanner BA, DL
James Robert Tunley OBE, IPFA
Edmund Arthur Wallis FEng, MIEE, MIMechE
Patrick William Welch BA, HonLLD


Professor Peter John Bell Clarricoats PhD, DSc, FEng, FRS
Professor Alan William Cuthbert MA, PhD, FRS
Professor Charon Robin Gannellin PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FRS
Professor William Alexander Gambling PhD, DSc, FEng, Hon FIEE, FRS


Adrian Godfrey Davies LLM, Master of Science
Sir Nicholas Goodison MA, PHD, FSA, FRSA, FCIB
Stuart Norman Mustow BSc, FEng, FICE
The Rt Hon Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury CBE, FBA
Professor Semir Zeki BScAnat, PhD, FRS


Professor Anthony Cusens OBE, PhD, FEng, FRSE
Peter Michael Diamond MA, FMA, FRSA
Sir Derek Hornby CIMgt, FRSA
Vera Stephanie Shirley OBE, BSc, CIMgt, FBCS, CEng, FRSA


Professor Colin Blakemore FRS, MA, PhD, ScD, DSc
Sir John Egan BSc, MScEcon
John Michael Raisman CBE, MA, CIMgt


Sir Graham Day LLB
Sir Leonard Peach MA, DPM
Richard Whittington MA, BM, BCh, DObst, RCOG, DCH, DMJ, MRCGP


Sir John Fairclough BScTech, FEng, FIEE, FBCS
Sir William Francis CBE, FEng, FICE
Sir Paul Girolami FCA
Professor Charles Marsden DSc, FRS, FRCP, MRCPsych
James Porteous BSc, FEng, FIEE, FInstE, FSS, CIMgt


Charles Patrick Duncan Davidson MA
Professor John Davidson PhD, ScD, FRS, FEng, FIChemE, FIMechE
Professor Edward Feigenbaum BS, PhD


Sir William Barlow FEng, FIMechE, FIEE, BSc, CIMgt
Professor Bernard Crossland CBE, FRS, FEng, FIMechE, FIEI, MSc, PhD, DSc
Sir Christopher Hogg MA, MBA
Alfred David Owen MA, FIMgt


Professor Eric Ash CBE, FRS, FEng
Sir James Ball MA, PhD, CIMgt
Professor Fergus Campbell FRS, MD, PhD
Sir Geoffrey Chandler CBE, MA
The Rt Hon Lord Gregson of Stockport DL, AMCT, CIMgt
Professor Helmut Wachter MPharm, PhD


Professor Thomas Lupton DipEconPolSci, MA, PhD
Geoffrey Thomas Shepherd CBE, BSc
Eric Swainson CBE, BMet


Kenneth Brooksbank DSC, MA, MEd
The Rt Hon Lord Butterworth of Warwick CBE, DL
Sir Kenneth Corfield FEng, FIMechE
Ian Hay Davison BSc(Econ), FCA
Sir Edwin Nixon CBE, MA
Eric Colin Sayers CBE, FCA
Sir Robert Telford CBE, DL, FEng


Sir James Black MB, ChB, FRCP, FRS
Professor Peter Jeavons MA, FRCP, MB, BChir
Sir Jeremy Morse KCMG, MA


Charles Alfred George Cook MC, GM, FRCS
Professor Wilfred Brooks Heginbotham OBE, MScTech, PhD, DSc
Robin Buchanan Nicholson MA, PhD, DSc, FEng, FRS
Kenneth Page MMus(Hon), LRAM, MSc; Master of Science


Sir Alan Harris CBE, BSc(Eng), FEng
Sir Trevor Holdsworth
Godfrey Messervy
Sir Bruce Williams KBE


The Rt Hon Lord Hunter of Newington MBE, FRCP, DL
Rendel Sebastian Pease MA, DSc, HonDUniv, FRS
The Rt Hon Lord Reilly of Brompton
The Rt Hon Shirley Williams MA


The Rt Rev Mark Green MC, MA
Alfred James Kennedy CBE, PhD, DSc, FEng
Alec Westley Skempton DSc, FRS


The Rt Hon Viscount Caldecote of Bristol MA, DSc, HonDSc, FEng
Sir Robert Clayton CBE, MA, FEng
Desmond George King-Hele MA, FRS
The Rt Hon Lord Lever of Manchester
Sir Donald MacDougall CBE, FBA
Sir Richard O’Brien DSO, MC
Doct. ir, Jacques Peters Doct hon causa, MemRoyalAcad, AssocNAE
Sir Joseph Pope PhD, DSc, CEng
Mia Kellmer Pringle CBE
Sir Jack Rampton KCB, FCMI
The Rt Hon Gordon Richardson MBE
Sir Bernard Scott CBE, TD, FEng
Sir Francis Tombs BSc(Econ), FEng
Paul Tortelier


Sir Hugh Ford PhD, DSc(Eng), FRS
Howard Hicks CBE, CEng
John Richard Lill OBE, FRCM
Dhani Prem MRCS, LRCP, DTM&H


Sir Robert Douglas OBE, FIOB
Beryl Foyle
Sir Andrew Huxley FRS, MA
The Rt Hon Roy Jenkins MA, MP
Edward Lowbury MA, DM
Sir Ronald McIntosh KCB, CB
The Rt Hon Lionel Murray PC, OBE
Robert Stampfli
William Taylor CBE, PhD


Terence George Austin
Sir Robert Booth CBE, TD, LLB
Lady Barbara Jackson DBE, MA
Lord Seebohm of Hertford TD, LLD
The Rt Hon Lord Thomson of Monifieth
Eric Turner CBE, FCA
Sir Arnold Weinstock BSc(Econ), FSS


Richard Rodney Bennett
Noel Bond-Williams CBE, BSc, CEng
Sir Alan Cottrell PhD, DSc, FRS
Sir Eric Eastwood CBE, MSc, PhD, CEng, FRS
Sir Frank Figgures KCB, CMG
Sir Arnold Hall MA, FRS


Hannes Olof Gasta Alfven PhD
Sir Kenneth Berrill KCB, BSc, MA
Sir Anthony Part GCB, MBE, MA
Dame Margaret Kate Weston BSc(Eng), CEng
Thomas Douglas Whittet BSc, PhD
Kenneth W Bromell BSc; Master of Science


Andrew Joseph Lucien Blanc-Lapierre DSc
Heinrich Ball
Sir Adrian Cadbury MA
Sir Michael Clapham KBE, MA
Buares Kamthong PhD
Robert James Rackham MA, MSc, CEng; Master of Science


Leslie Clifford Bateman CMG, PhD, DSc, FRS
Sir Robert Birley KCMG, MA, LLD, DPhil, DCL, FSA
Sir Frederick Catherwood MA, FCA
Thomas Harry Parkinson CBE, DL, LLB
Lord Plowden of Plowden KCB, KBE, MA, DSc


Sir Stanley Brown CBE, BSc
Paul Strangman Cadbury CBE
Sir St John Elstub CBE, BSc
Sir Montague Finniston BSc, PhD, FEng, FRS
Herwart Optiz Dr-Ing, Drhc, DrSc


The Rt Hon Anthony Wedgwood Benn MA, MP, PC
Frederick Garner CBE, CEng
Lord Kearton OBE, MA, BSc, FRS
Professor Phillip Burton Moon MSc, MA, PhD, FRS
Sir Frederick Warner BSc


James Johnstone Gracie CBE, LLD, CEng
Sir Arnold Lindley DSc, CGIA, CEng
Lyndall Fowness Urwick OBE, MC, MA, CEng
Sir Peter Venables PhD
Sir Hugh Wilson OBE
The Rt Rev John Leonard Wilson KCMG, MA, DD


Sir David Watherston KBE, CMG, MA


Sir Stephen Brown BSc(Eng), CEng
Sir Derman Christopherson OBE, DPhil, FRS, FIMechE
Sir Reay Geddes KBE
Sir Peter Medawar CBE, MA, DSc, FRS
The Rt Hon George Woodcock CBE, MA
Baroness Wootton of Abinger CH, MA, LHD, LLD


Sir David Anderson PhD, LLD, CEng
Lord Baker of Windrush OBE, MA, ScD, FRS
The Rt Hon Lord Boyle of Handsworth CH
The Rt Hon Lord George-Brown
John Gildas Collingwood BSc, FEng
Sir Joseph Hunt MBE
The Rt Hon Henry George Baron Nelson of Stafford MA, FEng
Alderman Harry Watton CBE, JP
James Wilson JP, BSc, BCom, CEng

Recipients of the Aston University Centennial Medal, awarded by the University on the occasion of the Centenary of Aston University in 1995.

Sir Adrian Cadbury
Mr Jasper Carrott
Mr Douglas Ellis
Lord Howell of Aston Manor
Mrs Anne Kenrick
Mr Chris Oakley
Mr Robert Taylor

Recipients of the Senate Centinnial Medal, awarded by the Senate to the first four Chairmen of  the Aston Science Part on the occasion of the Centenary of the City of Birmingham in 1989.

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) 

Recipients of the Senate Gold Medal, awarded by the Senate for meritorious service to the University 


Profesor Michael Wright, PhD, FREng, FIEE, FIMechE, SenMIEEE, CMath,  


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