Published on 28/09/2020
Director of marketing at Aston University


Aston University is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Hughes as its new executive director of marketing, recruitment and communications.

Gary joins Aston University from LTE Group, the UK’s largest social enterprise dedicated to education and skills, where for the last four years as group marketing and external relations director, he led and directed on all aspects of marketing, recruitment and communications.

Prior to that, he held senior marketing positions at Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds Trinity University and Coventry University and Hays plc.

Saskia Hansen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement at Aston University, said:

“I am delighted that Gary has agreed to join Aston University. He brings with him a wealth of experience in marketing leadership.

“The quality of the experience and outcomes of our students and graduates has been recognised in recent rankings such as The Guardian University Guide 2021 and the Department for Education’s longitudinal educational outcomes data.

“I am confident that Gary will be a tremendous asset to the executive team and that together we will continue to build the University’s reputation for giving all our students the support they need to achieve their full potential regardless of their background and for developing them into highly employable graduates.”

Speaking of his appointment, Gary Hughes said:

“I am very much looking forward to my new role at Aston University and working with my new colleagues. The University has a strong reputation for academic and research excellence and producing work-ready graduates, with multiple assets to further enhance the attractiveness of Aston in key markets.”

Gary joined Aston University on Monday 28 September 2020.


Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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