- Aston University alumnus makes significant donation to scholarships and hardship fund
- Matthew Crummack graduated from a BSc in International Business and French in 1993
- He has worked with companies including GoCompare, lastminute.com, Expedia, Nestlé and Procter & Gamble
Successful businessman and alumnus of Aston University, Matthew Crummack, has made a generous gift to help students in financial need, giving them the best chance of achieving their goals, despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 job market.
Matthew’s own experiences of studying at Aston University in the 1990s were, he says, formative, and his significant donation will now be used to support University scholarships and the student hardship fund.
Matthew has been a long-time supporter of Aston University and is an enthusiastic spokesperson for its achievements, especially the University’s focus on employability.
He himself graduated from a BSc in International Business and French at Aston University in 1993. His career to date has taken him into well-known companies such as GoCompare, lastminute.com, Expedia, Nestlé and Procter & Gamble. In April 2020 he was appointed as Senior Independent Director on the main board of National Express plc.
Matthew was awarded an Honorary DSc by Aston University in 2016, in recognition of his professional achievements and service to the University.
Of his gift, Matthew said: “I count myself as fortunate to have had the opportunity of a good education, as it opened so many doors for me. My time at Aston University gave me confidence to go out, find a job and be motivated to work hard and do well. It also gave me lifelong friendships and a whole collection of happy (and funny) memories. I hope this gives young people who are struggling financially the opportunity and confidence to build a strong future for themselves.”
Aston University’s director of development and alumni relations, Kerrie Holland, added:
“We are delighted to receive this donation and so grateful to Matthew for his support. Thanks to his generosity, many Aston University students with financial difficulties can stop worrying about making ends meet and stay focused on achieving their ambitions.”
- Notes to Editors
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.
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. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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