The birth of the Network
2016 marks 50 years since the granting of our Royal Charter that transformed us from a College of Advanced Technology into a university. Throughout the last year we have looked back at Aston’s growth. We were keen to understand more about our alumni (as you are our history and success), about your particular successes, what you gained from Aston and the challenges that you have experienced since leaving us - we wanted to know about this so that we might support you and other alumni in the future.
We have met some great people, had some exciting discussions, found out much about you, learnt a great deal about ourselves and about what makes Aston truly distinctive.
One area that we found emerged time and again came from our female alumni. They noted that the meetings tended to be populated with a majority of men with male-dominated discussion; as such, some topics, experiences encountered, and challenges faced in the workplace were never shared. Our alumnae had many of the same experiences as their male counterparts but also some different ones.
This got us thinking that maybe we should develop a platform to bring our alumnae together to discuss these and other topics, but to open the discussions out to our male alumni who also may be interested. Aston’s Alumnae Network was born.