2012 is an exciting year for the UK as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach. Being the host country for such a prestigious event provides the University with a fantastic opportunity.
Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives will build on the successes and achievements of Crossing Boundaries: Aston’s Year of Ethnicity & Culture (2011). It will continue to celebrate the University’s diverse campus community and enhance intercultural awareness but will specifically look at how London 2012 can positively influence the campus community at Aston University.
Over the next 12 months the University will be running a central programme of events and initiatives for staff, students and the wider community, all with the Olympics at their core. Events will include Student Volunteer Week, Aston Olympians, language and cultural events. In addition, many other School based events - such as Healthy Lives, Healthy People - will take place throughout 2012. This is the perfect year to encourage our staff and students to try out a new sport or skill but also a way to showcase the University campus and facilities to the wider community and encourage the community and businesses to explore what Aston University has to offer.
However, Expanding Horizons is all about YOU. The University wants staff and students to help shape the year ahead by giving you the opportunity to bid for funding for any event or initiative that would fit into the theme of ‘Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives’. It’s simple to do, just complete the form below, and be part of this exciting year. The deadline for bid submissions is Friday 17th February so get your thinking caps on! Please email your completed bid submissions to Simi Adesina.
Download the Expanding Horizons bid submission form
Universities Week 2012 (30 April – 7 May)
This year, Universities Week 2012 will also be celebrating the integral role of the higher education sector in supporting London 2012, in particular, the contribution to the training and hosting of elite athletes, the Cultural Olympiad, volunteering, research, international links and beyond. The campaign will culminate in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoor Athletic Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London from 4 – 7 May 2012 – the last test event scheduled to take place in the Olympic Stadium before the Games.
View the Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives event calendar
Details will be released throughout the year but in the meantime, if you would like any further information about Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives, or would like to talk through your event idea before you submit your bid, please get in touch with Simon Foster, Angela Morris, Baljinder Rana or Louise Russell.
Please also get in touch if you’re planning to volunteer at London 2012!