2011/12 News

Beta Gamma Sigma Postgraduate Induction

On Tuesday 27th March 2012, Aston Business School (ABS) inducted 150 MBA and MSc students, and 5 Doctoral students to the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) honour society.  Students were awarded membership to Beta Gamma Sigma in recognition of their academic achievements. 85 students collected their Beta Gamma Sigma certificates and badges on graduation day, and were given the opportunity to be photographed and showcase their experiences and achievements at Aston, on video

Aston Business School was delighted to induct such a large number of postgraduate students to the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma honour society.

Congratulations to the new lifetime members of the International Honour Society of Beta Gamma Sigma!

View the pictures of the newly inducted BGS March 2012  members here .

Recognising Business Excellence

Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Excellence
Every year Aston Business School recognises the achievements of talented students and graduates at an exclusive awards ceremony.  During the ceremony the School’s brightest undergraduate students are awarded prizes in recognition of their outstanding efforts during their studies.  In addition to receiving these awards, students are also able to meet and talk to successful alumni who are invited to share the benefit of their experiences.     

During the 2012 ceremony in January, Aston MBA graduate Mohammed Hasan was honoured with a special Beta Gamma Sigma award.  Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is a prestigious international honour society for students and staff of business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Aston University is the first institution in the UK to be allied with Beta Gamma Sigma.  Mohammed received the BGS Honouree Chapter Award in recognition of his career achievements and his support of Aston University.

Mohammed has built a successful career in the property industry during a difficult period for the industry and is currently engaged as an Advisor with a number of the UK's most successful companies.  Until September 2011, he was Associate Director at Abstract Group of Companies (one of the UK's leading commercial property development, investment and advisory groups). Abstract is a keynote investor in Birmingham having developed Colmore Plaza which attracted Carlyle Private Equity to the city for its first major real estate investment.  Mohammad is a dedicated supporter of the University, serving on the Development Board and he also serves as a council member of the Taxpayer's Alliance in the West Midlands.

During the evening students also heard inspirational speeches from recent graduates Michael Bandar and Akmal Saleem who have both made great strides towards success in an entrepreneurial manner, very recently after graduating

Michael graduated with a BSc International Business and Management in 2011 and is Founder and Director of My Health Cards, a service which allows sufferers of allergies and intolerances to create bespoke cards detailing their exact requirements, enabling waiter and chefs to understand and cater for thier dietary needs.

Akmal Saleem graduated in BSc Marketing in the class of 2009, and is currently running a digital marketing agency, Brand786.co.uk.  His company has secured work with companies such as Vodafone and Subway. He has also created a brand and web presence for a company that was featured on BBC’s hit show Dragons Den, CompareTheCoffin.com, amongst a number of other web development, strategic branding, email marketing, creative design and conversion rate optimisation projects.

The underlying message in all three speeches was – "it's not what you do, it's how you do it"

Click here to view the pictures of the event 

Each year, two undergraduate students who are top of their 2nd year of study at Aston are selected to receive the two BGS prizes. These include the BGS Student leadership forum in America and a $1000 Student Scholarship. Congratulations to Arjun Singh Aulak and Joanna He, who this year have been rewarded for their hard work at Aston.

Arjun Singh Aulak has been selected for the Student Scholarship prize of $1000.

Shan He has been selected to attend the Student Leadership Forum (SLF) held in America in February 2012.

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