Aston University is beneficiary driven. As a business school, this means three things:
- Helping those who learn with us to be more effective at working in and in managing and leading for-profit and social enterprises;
- Working with enterprises directly, to enable them to run better and grow faster and more profitably; and
- Working with government and regulatory bodies to create an environment in which these things can be done faster and better.
As a university, we investigate challenges and issues rigorously, and constantly develop analytical tools to interpret and explain events. We step back and see the big picture, across companies, across industries and across countries.
But such academic knowledge is not a substitute for but a complement to actual experience of having to make decisions in uncertain circumstances and quickly, and to having to evaluate the capabilities of people and motivate effective teamwork. That is why we have always emphasised the key role of work experience in our education programmes.
Aston invented the industrial placement, we were the first in the UK to graduate Degree Apprentices, we have created online internships for international postgraduate students, we run law clinics and business clinics for SMEs. Our academics work directly with many companies. We involve many of our successful alumni in mentoring our students and in advising, and sometimes investing, in spin-off companies.
Aston’s Visiting Professors programme enables us to build extensive linkages with leaders, bringing deeper experience into our work. We seek to build a mutually rewarding relationship with a panel of distinguished business leaders. While Visiting Professors engage with our Academics as they develop their research programmes, with input on the most productive forms of engagement with policymakers. Visiting Professors also hold discussions with various student groups.
Each Visiting Professor has a nominated link academic who facilitates the mutually beneficial relationship.
- Introducing our Visiting Professors
Anne Boden CEO and Founder of Starling Bank James Timpson CEO of Timpson Andrew Fisher Chairman of Aquitane Trust Co and Skerrits Co Charles Li Ex Australia and NZ Bank Vis Raghavan CEO of JP Morgan Sir Rod Aldridge Chair and Founder of The Aldridge Foundation Xavier Rolet CEO and Chairman of World Quantum; Former CEO of London Stock Exchange The Lord Bichard Chair of the National Audit Office Marco Forgione Director General at The Institute of Exports and International Trade Gary Coombe CEO of Gillette Rooney Anand Former CEO of Greene King Ann Francke CEO of Chartered Management Institute Carmen Watson Chairperson of Pertemps Network Group Alison Endemano Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management Louise Oliver President of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs Matthew Crummack CEO of Domestic and General Koji Fusa CEO of GVE Ltd Martin McCourt Former CEO at Dyson Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty Group Tony Cocker Non-Executive Director of SSE plc, Chair of Infinis Energy Management Ltd and former CEO of E.ON Rupert Soames CEO of Serco Andrew Harrison Former Aerospace Engineer at Rolls Royce Simon Hepburn CEO of UK Cyber Security Council Claire Miles CEO of Mac II Tony Hayward Chairman and CEO of Energy Transition Partners Paul Jennings Chair of Advisory Board at JCB Finance Deb Leary CEO of Forensic Pathways