Published on 24/01/2022
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MBA student of the year
  • Winners announced at the Association of MBA Awards 2022
  • The Jamaican student was the first recipient of the Aston Enterprise Scholarship
  • Monique completed consultancy work with four companies and secured an internship

Monique Farquharson, a full time MBA student at Aston University has won the prestigious MBA Student of the Year Award 2022. She was presented with this accolade at the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and British Graduates Association (BGA) Awards held virtually on Friday 21 January.

Monique was the first winner of the Aston Enterprise Scholarship, a competition designed to support students who have an innovative business start-up idea. She triumphed over hundreds of students to secure this prestigious fully-funded scholarship and join the full-time Aston MBA programme in September 2020. 

During her time on the MBA programme Monique has seized every opportunity by engaging in consultancy work with four different companies, securing an internship, helping to deliver TEDx Aston University and becoming a global ambassador. 

Originally from Jamaica, and having spent time in Japan and the US, Monique brought significant international experience to her MBA cohort. She worked on challenges for local and international businesses through her core modules and also through the Aston Business Clinic.

Monique completed the Global Business Challenge and was named ‘Global Business Champion’, one of just four such champions from a group of more than 100 overseas students representing seven different universities around the world.

Monique Farquharson said: “The Aston MBA experience has been absolutely fantastic. Because I started the programme during the pandemic, I ended up studying in four different countries. But despite these challenges I have been amazed by the opportunities that have been presented to me, and I am so grateful for the support from everyone at Aston Business School.”

Also shortlisted in the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year category was Onaseye Onabolu, a 2018 full time MBA graduate. Onaseye was shortlisted for his success in launching his company Sona Circle Recruitment which matches refugees with employment opportunities in the UK.

Kirit Vaidya, MBA director said: “Monique’s journey is an incredible story and she has made a huge personal contribution to the MBA programme. Our programme has a team work ethos which Monique embraced. She is an exemplar of how to get the best out of team work and attain individual excellence. She has made the most of all the opportunities that were available to her, and been an inspiration to others. She truly deserves this prestigious award.”

The full time MBA programme at Aston University attracts students from around the world who are looking to achieve a step change in their career.

For more information about studying an MBA at Aston University please visit our course pages.


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. Saskia Hansen is the interim Vice-Chancellor. 

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. 

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