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Aston Medical School Endorsements

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David Willetts

"Aston University have answered the Government's challenge to universities to come up with innovative ways to deliver medical education whilst tackling social mobility issues.

I am pleased to see that this approach is being combined with world class translational research in vascular complications of diseases affecting women's health and dementia."

Rt Hon David Willetts MP

Member of Parliament for Havant and 

Minister for Universities and Science (May 2010- July 2014)


Doug Ellis

"Aston University and the West Midlands region have always been very close to my heart; I’ve lived and worked in and around Birmingham since 1948 and I can think of no better legacy than to be associated with a new Medical School within the City. The scholarships on offer are very exciting and will undoubtedly provide real benefit for the wider community. I am pleased to support such an exciting project and would encourage others to follow my example."


Sir Doug Ellis OBE 

Entrepreneur, former chairman of Aston Villa Football Club




Tim watts

"I’m delighted to be able to support the ’50-50’ campaign with a £50,000 donation. I have made it my aim to shine a light on the innovations that make this region stand out and few projects are as ground-breaking as the launch of Aston Medical School. Not only is this a huge boost for students from hard to reach communities, but it will also create local doctors for the local area; improving the health and well-being of communities."

Tim Watts

High Sheriff of the West Midlands and Lifetime President of Pertemps Network Group




Dr Nick Harding

“This partnership offers a unique and ground-breaking opportunity for local students who would otherwise not have the funding or financial capability to pursue a career in medicine. This benefits the students themselves as clinicians of the future, and also supports the local area through research to improve local outcomes.”

Dr Nick Harding

Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group






Lord Mayor of Birmingham

"As Lord Mayor of Birmingham and a proud Brummie, I am delighted that Aston is developing a new Medical School in the heart of our city. This development means that Birmingham will be the first city in the UK to have 2 medical schools outside of the capital.  The ethos of the School fits with my aspirations for Birmingham – providing a unique opportunity for local students from the more deprived communities of Birmingham to aspire to and enter medical school. This will benefit the students themselves and their families.  The international dimension of the School will add to the economic prosperity of Birmingham and grow our reputation with the international community as a place to study and visit.  I am also excited by the possibility of the improvement in health outcomes that another medical school will bring to Birmingham, especially as Aston Medical School has world-leading researchers working on the areas of women’s health and dementia. I’m looking forward to Aston Medical School contributing to the long-term wellbeing of Birmingham."

Shafique Shah

Lord Mayor of Birmingham


Dr Khasheen Alam
"I am a GP Partner working in Birmingham. The development of the new and innovative Aston Medical School in our city is one that is truly exciting to me, and I am sure will provide great benefit to our local communities. The concept of Widening Participation at Aston Medical School will attract local students, ( from an underprivileged background) , to pursue a career in medicine where they may not have had the opportunity before. I am extremely keen to encourage and teach the new medical students about Primary Care and look forward to supporting them becoming excellent clinicians who can help deliver improved healthcare for our area."


Dr Khasheen Alam

MBChB (Birm) MRCGP DRCOG DFFP


Professor Sir Nicholas Wright


One of Britain’s most distinguished doctors. 

He is the Professor of Histopathology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry where he was The Warden (Dean) for 10 years.

Sir Nicholas was a founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for ‘Services to Medicine’ in 2006. Sir Nicholas has been the President of the Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland and the British Society for Gastroenterology.



Sir Nicholas  was one of the first senior clinical leaders to support Aston University’s plans to establish Aston Medical School and in 2015, Sir Nicholas received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa from  Aston University. Professor Sir Nicholas continues to act as the Consulting Dean pro bono to advise Aston Medical School in the recruitment of key staff and the development of high quality research.