Despite the economic downturn, Aston graduates have proved to be more generous than ever, with record numbers donating to Aston’s Annual Fund and other student-focused projects and programmes.
Following onto the end of the latest telephone fundraising campaign, nearly 5% of Aston’s alumni have now pledged financial support to Aston. The redevelopment of the Woodcock Sports Centre is just one of the current schemes former students are backing.
Aston’s 4.81% of donors compares to a national average of donations for UK universities of 1.74%, an average of 3.7% for Russell Group universities and 2.44% for the 1994 Group.(Ross-Case Survey*).
Sheila O’Neal, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, said: “We are very proud of the generosity of Aston graduates, especially in such a difficult financial climate. It has been outstanding and demonstrates the strong affinity our alumni retain for the University. They have done well in their careers and now are ready to ‘give back’ to help our current students enjoy the same high quality education they received.
“Aston’s university wide fundraising programme began in 2007, so this is a real marker of the receptivity of our graduates to being asked to support current and future students. Our aim is to build life-long relationships with our family of alumni through an Alumni Association that offers them real benefits and gives them the opportunity to help those who are following in their footsteps.”
Graduates can visit Aston Connect to keep up-to-date with the Development and Alumni team's latest events, seminars and reunions and join Aston's online community. To find out more, contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office on ext 4239 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vice-Chancellor is also inviting all graduates back to the campus to hear about the University’s achievements and vision for the future on Tuesday 12 April 2011.
Words by Alex Earnshaw