Mrs. Rachel Burn

I am the Business Manager for Aston Medical School and have been in post since January 2014. I am directly responsible to Aston’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health, Prof Asif Ahmed, for developing and operationalising Aston’s new Medical School and leading the School Office.  I am also Chair of the University’s Health & Safety Audit Group and a Course Director for two of Aston Business Schools’ part-time undergraduate degrees. 

Prior to joining Aston Medical School, I was the Head of Administration for Aston Business School where I was also a member of the Association of Business Schools Senior Managers Committee.  Prior to that, I worked for ten years for The Open University in a variety of roles relating to change management and student support. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Association of University Administrators and the Chartered Management Institute and have a Masters in Education (Lifelong Learning) and an MBA with Merit from the Open University. I am also a Governor of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College.

  • Position: Business Manager / Head of Administration
  • Telephone: 0121 204 3021
  • Email: rachel.burn@aston.ac.uk
  • Room Number: MB510a
  • MBA with Merit, Open University, 2014
  • Master of Arts in Education (Lifelong Learning), Open University, 2004
  • AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice, 2008 (OUVA)
  • 2.1 (Hons) Bachelor of Arts in European History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1993
  • Graduate of the Association of Business Schools, Development Programme for Senior Managers course, 2012 cohort
  • Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 2009
  • 2014 – Present: Business Manager, Aston Medical School 
  • 2011-2014: Head of Administration, Aston Business School
  • 2008 - 2011: Programme Manager, The Open University
  • 2006 – 2008: Student Services Manager (Learner Support & Development), The Open University
  • 2003 – 2006: Programme Co-ordinator, The Open University Business School
  • 2000 – 2003: Personal and Professional Development Co-ordinator, 42 Army Education Centre, Germany
  • 1993 – 2000: A variety  of roles in the travel industry


Course Director for the Foundation Degree in Business and Education Management and for the degree in Business and Professional Studies, Aston Business School
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Association of University Administrators
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute