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Universities Week 2012

Aston University is supporting Universities Week 2012, a national campaign which aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities. This is the third Universities Week and this year’s campaign will look at the contribution that our universities make – and have always made – to the Olympic movement, the sports industry and society as whole. 

Aston has a range of activities planned to support the national campaign and ‘Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives’ is the University’s commitment to exploring how London 2012 can positively influence the campus community at Aston.  

Events taking place at Aston University during the week:


Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April: Sport Aston is hosting Swimathon 2012 at the Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre. Swimathon is the biggest fundraising swim in the world and helps to raise money for Marie Curie and Sport Relief.

Monday 30 April at 12noon: An Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives Fair for staff and student in the Upper Foyer of the Main Building. It's your opportunity to find out more about the year, the upcoming events and other initiatives taking place throughout the year. At the start of the event, the Chief Operating Officer Adèle MacKinlay will give a short talk in which she will outline what the University’s viewing strategy will be for the London 2012 Olympics. There will also be food samples from around the world.

Wednesday 2 May at 5:30pm: A motivational talk by former top cricketer Ed Smith.

This year the week is supported by names throughout the sporting world, including Seb Coe, John Inverdale and Dame Kelly Holmes, who are helping to highlight how universities benefit everyone, whether or not they have been to university themselves. Hear what the Universities Week Ambassadors have to say

Universities Week will culminate with the BUCS VISA Outdoor Athletics Championships (OAC), a London 2012 test event as part of the London Prepares Series.

Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said: “Universities Week 2012 is an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic work universities are contributing to the world of sport, which is especially apt with the Olympic Games taking place in the UK this year. Aston has a range of activities planned to support the national campaign and ‘Expanding Horizons: Aston’s Year of Transforming Lives’ is the University’s commitment to exploring how London 2012 is positively influencing the campus community at Aston. We will also celebrate the many ways in which our staff, students and alumni are contributing to the Olympics through volunteering initiatives. The week provides the perfect opportunity to let people experience university life first-hand, whether they’ve studied at university themselves or not.”

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK, said: “From supporting top athletes to providing training facilities for students and local communities, producing world-class sporting research and hosting Olympic teams from across the globe, universities are working together to contribute to the UK’s Olympic effort. Once again with Universities Week we hope to show that it is not just students who benefit from university, but the whole of UK society.”

Karen Rothery, Chief Executive Officer of BUCS, added: “British Universities & Colleges Sport’s vision is to enhance the student experience through sport – what better way could there be than competing in the Olympic stadium itself during Universities Week? And Britain’s students will be able to do just that. Sport is taking centre stage in the UK and is enjoying its highest profile for many years. This week is an amazing opportunity for BUCS student athletes, their friends and families and the broader communities to show how their lives are improved by taking part in sport.”

For more information on events taking place throughout the UK during Universities Week, visit www.universitiesweek.org.uk.

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