Aston Alumni spanning 30 years come under one roof

ABS Alumni Dinner at St Paul's
24 June 2010

Alumni spanning three decades at Aston Business School in Birmingham were treated to a prestigious inaugural dinner at a landmark building in London this week.

The event, held at the fabulous setting of St Paul’s Cathedral, brought together around 70 alumni from diverse communities, all Aston Business School graduates from the class of 1976 through to 2010.

Also in attendance were Aston University’s Vice Chancellor Julia King and Mike West, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, as well as other staff and undergraduate members of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honour Society.

“Today is an historic day for us all, “said Professor Julia King. She added:

“Each of you continues to contribute to the success of Aston Business School for which you deserve applause. Your achievements are a critical part of the reputation of Aston Business School, locally, nationally and internationally. We are enormously proud of you and look forward to continuing to hear about your successes and the development of your careers.”

In her speech, Professor King talked about the importance of Universities Week and paid tribute to all those working in the higher education sector which is facing challenging times.

Karen Smith, who completed her Masters in Business and Management at Aston Business School in March this year, was among guests. She said:

“The evening at St Paul’s brought together in a snapshot all of the aspects of Aston Business School that we have all enjoyed so much.”

Professor Michael West, Executive Dean at Aston Business School, said:

“Our students reflect the diversity of the society in which we live and its richness is shared by all. They work unbelievably hard, so it is fantastic to hear about all the amazing careers being enjoyed by our alumni, to whom we further extend our congratulations.”

Ahead of a three-course dinner, attendees were given the chance to have a look around St Paul’s Cathedral. The event also provided an opportunity for networking.

The Aston Business School Alumni Network is an association helping graduates to continue to progress at all stages of their career, at home or abroad, by providing ongoing support and keeping them up-to-date with relevant news and developments.

Aston alumni give back to Aston Business School by providing projects, supporting students by giving advice, helping with contacts and industry information and advertising their vacancies. During their time at Aston, students have the opportunity to connect with alumni face-to-face, at campus events and online via social networking groups, enabling them to share good practice, exchange ideas, establish relationships, learn from each other and generally to be part of the Aston family, which has members scattered all across the globe.

Find out more about Aston Business School and the courses it offers.

For all media enquiries please contact Dhiren Katwa, Press Officer, Aston Business School, on 0121 204 4954 or email d.katwa1@aston.ac.uk 

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ABS Alumni Dinner 1 - Group Shot
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ABS Alumni Dinner 2 - Amarjit Toot and Jasbir Gill
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ABS Alumni Dinner 3 - Julia Postnikova, Claire Menard, Helene Lam and Katarzyna Bochinska
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ABS Alumni Dinner 4 - Prof Julia King, Michael Neumann and Maria Polyakova
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ABS Alumni Dinner 5 - Richard Smith and Florian Meier
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ABS Alumni Dinner 6 - Sandy Purewall, Penny Barber and Brent Walker
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ABS Alumni Dinner 7 - Simon Hague, Simon White and Ipek Uzal
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ABS Alumni Dinner 8 - Timur Chigirov and Viktor Golovii

Editors Notes

(1)    Aston Business School is one of the most successful business schools in Europe, committed to lead and enable transformation through teaching, research and through supporting and influencing organisations and their leaders.

(2)    Aston Business School holds prestigious accreditation for its MBA programmes from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – this gives the programme international credibility and recognises the excellent quality of teaching and research on the programme.

(3)    Aston Business School is among 1% of business schools worldwide which has triple accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and EQUIS.

(4)    In January 2010, Aston’s MBA was ranked first in the UK and fifth in the world for career progression in the global Financial Times rankings.

(5)    St Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London and is the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The Cathedral is one of London’s most recognisable sights. At 365 feet high, it was the tallest building in London until 1962 and its dome is also among the highest in the world.
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