Celebrating the Commonwealth Games 

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is the largest sports event to be staged in the UK for a decade, with an expected 5,000 athletes competing from 72 participating commonwealth nations.

Loaning of Optometry equipment and providing eye care expertise

The School of Optometry will be loaning ophthalmic equipment and providing eye care expertise, supported by a network of qualified optometrist volunteers for three polyclinics, which will form the primary healthcare facilities for athletes and team officials requiring medical assessment and treatment throughout the Games period. Professor Leon Davies will be overseeing the Games’ eye care clinics which will bring together a cohort of volunteer optometrists, dispensing opticians and ophthalmologists from across the UK.

Hosting temporary electric vehicle charging facilities.

We will also be supporting Birmingham 2022 as it aims to be the first Games to create a carbon neutral legacy by providing parking and hosting temporary electric vehicle charging facilities for its fleet, as well as other spaces on campus for its organising team.

Celebrating our Commonwealth heroes

Aston University is a world-leading insitution providing high-quality education for the next generation of leaders from across the globe. Here we celebrate the stories of leading students from some of the competing commonweatlh nations.

Useful information

Changes to car parking facilities

Parking for all visitors

  • Car Park 5 is now closed and will reopen on the 5 September. There will be no available Pay and Display facilities.
  • Car Park 6 will be available for Pay and Display on evenings and weekends only.
  • Alternative Pay and Display can be found at Millennium Point or by using the app JustPark.

Staff parking

  • Car Park 5 is now closed and will reopen on the 5 September, during which time permit holders can park in car park 6 using their current permit.
  • Car Park 6 will be available for permit holders during the day. Pay and Display users can use this car park during evenings and weekends.
  • Car Park 7 is now closed and will reopen on the 1 September, during which time permit holders can park in car park 6.
  • Car Park 12 is now closed and will re-open 1 September to permit holders only.
  • Alternative Pay and Display can be found at Innovation Birmingham and Millennium Point or by using the app JustPark.
Welcoming more visitors to campus

As we approach the start of the Games, Aston University will welcome more visitors on campus who will be directly involved with the operation.

  • From now until 1 September, Aston University will host the B2022 Fleet Department  
  • 18 July – 5 August, up to 550 B2022 Fleet volunteers will pass through campus each day
  • From 20 July – 10 August, Aston University will host West Midlands Police Officers 
  • From 29 July – 8 August, up to 1000 West Midlands Police Officers will pass through campus each day
Travel advice

As preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are underway, usual travel routes to Aston University may become affected. We’ve collated travel resources below to help you navigate this time.

The Birmingham 2022 official website now includes a “get set for the Games” online hub to provide the most up-to-date information to help you plan and prepare for the Commonwealth Games period. This includes guidance for local residents on changes and travel advice.

Follow @getset2022 on Twitter for helpful information, advice, and tips for residents, businesses and spectators as the countdown to @birminghamcg22 continues. More information about traveling to our campus

More information about traveling to our campus

Commonwealth games 2022 mascot Perry trying on glasses

We’re providing the primary eye care facilities for athletes and team officials

The School of Optometry will be loaning ophthalmic equipment and providing eye care expertise, supported by a network of qualified optometrist volunteers for three polyclinics, which will form the primary healthcare facilities for athletes and team officials requiring medical assessment and treatment throughout the Games period.

Commonwealth games 2022 mascot Perry charging electric car

We're hosting temporary electric vehicle charging facilities

We're supporting Birmingham 2022 as it aims to be the first Games to create a carbon neutral legacy by providing parking and hosting temporary electric vehicle charging facilities for its fleet, as well as other spaces on campus for its organising team.