In 2015 Aston graduate Tony Hayward donated 100 undergraduate scholarships. He spoke why is was motivated to donate to Aston University:
“I was the first person in the family to go to university. Aston was a life-changing experience. It created clarity in my own mind about what I wanted to do. I was introduced to Geology by a teacher at school and at 16/17 years of age, I decided I didn’t want to work in an office - I am still passionate about Geology today. Being able to do something for Aston, which has been great for my own career, is an honour.
“Aston is a great enabler of social mobility," he says. "I think you find a lot of kids who went to Aston were from state schools, not from private schools. It’s got a great track record of people becoming very employable on leaving. Aston gave me the opportunity to pursue firstly an academic, then a business, career that was very different to what I would have done. It was transforming in terms of the doors that it opened for me subsequently."
Dr Tony Hayward, Geological Sciences graduate (Class of 1978), Aston University Honorary Graduate (2008)
CEO, Genel Energy