Published on 11/08/2022
Aastha Popawala
  • Students from across West Midlands universities, including Aston University, helped during the Games
  • Roles ranged from courtside assistance and first aid to stage construction and athlete support
  •  Strategy and international student Aastha Popawala volunteered as an event service manager

Several hundred students from across West Midlands universities, including Aston University,have made a significant contribution to the success of Birmingham 2022’s Commonwealth Games hosted in the region.

From courtside assistance and first aid to stage construction and athlete support to social media, students from across nine of our local universities have volunteered their expert skills to ensure this year’s Commonwealth Games does Birmingham proud.

Andy Street, West Midlands mayor, said:

“Playing host to the Commonwealth has been a huge collective effort that has shown the very best of civic spirit right across our region. I pay special tribute to the contribution our students have made. The effort they have put into supporting events with their time and commitment is truly remarkable and I thank them for it.”

Andrew Newman, director of Workforce and Volunteering for Birmingham 2022, said:

“The Commonwealth Collective has been crucial to the delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and every single volunteer, no matter their role, has made a huge contribution and ensured that all of our spectators have had a fantastic experience.

“We’d like to thank all of the students from the universities and colleges from across the West Midlands for supporting the Games.”

Aastha Popawala, who studies strategy and international business at Aston University, volunteered as a Team Member EVS (Event Service Manager) and said:

“I am so happy and proud to have been part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very blessed that I was able to contribute and witness something so extraordinary.”

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 Loer Hansen is the interim 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.

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