Aston graduates who support the University are being acknowledged for their generous donations on a new official Aston University Roll of Honour.
Alumni are listed by decade and a full list of those who have given is now available on the University’s website.
Regular donor, Sue Dilworth, explains why giving back to Aston is important to her: "I enjoyed my time at university and I would not have had my career without it. I think education is so important. It may mean that these people can achieve what is their dream. You’re building the future.”
Donations support new research projects, improve facilities for students and give those from less privileged backgrounds the opportunity to study and gain life-changing experiences. Graduate gifts recently supported a £5m refurbishment of the University’s historic Woodcock Sports Centre, which was renamed The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre. At the opening ceremony, Sir Doug remarked: “I cannot think of a better legacy than to be associated with the regeneration of Aston’s Sports Centre, which will continue to serve coming generations of Aston students and the wider community.”
Aston University continues to grow and develop and has recently announced the opening of its new Aston Medical School. Speaking about the new School, Aston donor Dr Tim Watts commented: "Aston University has for many years been at the cutting-edge of medical research and this latest project will further enhance its reputation. During my year as High Sheriff, 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"
Further fundraising initiatives will be announced throughout 2016 during the University’s 50th Anniversary year. The Roll of Honour can be viewed at: www.aston.ac.uk/alumni/make-a-gift/roll-of-honour/.
If you have donated to Aston University and would like to be added to the Roll of Honour, please contact Carol Fryer, Communications Officer in the Development and Alumni Relations Office.
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Note to Editors
Currently, every gift made to Aston University unlocks a matching amount from its Hayward Scholarship Fund, meaning any gift made is doubled. For further information on giving to Aston University www.aston.ac.uk/alumni/make-a-gift/.