On Tuesday 10th July, Aston’s Chancellor, Sir John Sunderland, hosted an evening reception in honour of the winners of this year’s Chancellor’s Medals, Excellence Awards and other special University awards.
The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded annually to members of staff who have made an outstanding contribution to Aston University. All staff are invited to submit nominations, from which the Awards & Honours Committee makes the final selection. This year’s medals were presented to Joy Atkins, Applications Adviser in ISA and Professor Martin Griffin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research.
As well as recognising the winners of the 2012 Chancellor’s Medals, the evening also celebrated some of Aston’s many other successes and individual achievements during the last 12 months.
A special University award was presented to Jenny Martin, Aston graduate, in recognition of her longstanding contribution and service to the University over 50 years through her membership of the Standing Committee of Convocation and a committee of the Aston Graduates’ Association (AGA). Over the years, she has undertaken a number of roles, in particular that of Social Secretary of AGA, responsible for arranging hundreds of visits, talks, and dinners, all with the object of maintaining contact between the University and its graduates.
Tina Hines, Security Patrol Officer, was also presented with an Aston Star Award - a new award introduced to recognise outstanding contribution to University life in recognition of the help she administered to a longstanding friend of the University, David Harrison, when he collapsed outside the Main Building earlier this year. David’s family believe that, without her quick thinking, together with that of two students, David would not still be with us.
The evening also recognised this year’s Excellence Award winners.
Congratulations to all!