On a beautiful sunny evening at the end of June, members of staff from throughout the University and their invited guests gathered at the Lakeside Conference Centre for the ‘Celebrating Success 2010’ reception.
The Awards are given to recognise outstanding contribution towards the achievement of Aston’s mission to develop excellence in learning and teaching, in research and in community engagement, in a good working environment that values and respects the diversity of the Aston community.
View the recipients of the Aston Excellence Awards 2010.
I was there on the evening and was overwhelmed by how touched staff were to be at the Awards. Many individuals told me that they thought it was fantastic to see achievement formally recognised at Aston. Nick Lee, who has been selected to give the Joseph Lister Award Lecture for the Social Sciences at the forthcoming British Science Festival, told me that he had started at Aston University 11 years ago as a PhD student. “It has certainly been an interesting journey to go from being a student here to now be in the same room as the Vice Chancellor talking about my achievements!” he remarked.
Professor Julia King said at the reception: “Developing and promoting the Aston University brand is a fundamental element of our 2020 strategy. We are a small niche research-led university with a powerful vision of relevant research within a multi-cultural and diverse environment, offering an outstanding student experience with an excellent track record of graduate employability. It will be critical that we make significant strides in terms of recognition of Aston’s very special ‘brand’ as we move into an increasingly competitive environment. It is people not institutions or companies, who can do the most to promote the brand. The individuals we are recognising have all in very diverse ways made a significant difference to Aston University.”
The University’s Pro-Chancellor, Dr Paul Golby was also there to join the celebrations and said: “One of my roles is to actively support you in making connections and talking with people about Aston and raising the profile of Aston as an exciting and dynamic place. You make that role easy for me; you give me so many positive achievements to talk about!”
Words by Louise Russell