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Prestigious society celebrates city’s promising business talent

30 November 2006 – for immediate release

Aston University’s highly regarded Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) society recently held the final ceremony for the 06/07academic year as it welcomed an abundance of new members and awarded prizes to the University’s most promising Business students.

The ceremony involved 38 new undergraduate members and 7 staff members as well as 18 prize winners. The prizes were donated by major blue chip organisations including Ernst and Young, Kraft Foods, 3M and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Aston Business School gained its Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation in 2003 and it is this accreditation which has enabled the University to establish a Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter in 2005, the first of its kind in the UK.

The Beta Gamma Sigma society was first established in America in 1913, and now spans four continents. It seeks to encourage and recognise academic achievement in the study of business, and also fosters both personal and professional excellence among its 500,000 network of members worldwide.

All undergraduates students selected for membership of BGS were in the top 7 per cent of their year. Staff had served a minimum of 6 years service within the Business School.

The BGS ceremony welcome drink was kindly sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, with Deloitte and Touche LLP sponsoring the buffet and overall was attended by 150 people. The ceremony also recognised Professor Michael Wright, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, as an Honorary member of BGS, for his continued commitment to the University.

Following the prestigious ceremony, each newly inducted member becomes eligible for a number of benefits from BGS Head Quarters in America. These benefits include access to BGS’s website (Betanet), a year’s free online subscription to Business Week and access to the online central job board, giving access to numerous Employer links.

‘We are seeing an annual increase in membership to the BGS society here at Aston. Despite being in its infancy we have a total membership of well over 300,’ says Stephanie Meek, BGS Facility Organiser.

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For further information about the society please contact Stephanie Meek on s.d.meek@aston.ac.uk

For further press information please contact Hannah Brookes on (0121) 204 4549

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New BGS members from Aston University’s Business School.

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