Aston University announced as an Official University for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Tue 22 Feb 2022

Aston University has been unveiled as an Official University to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will take place between 28 July and 8 August this year.

Saskia Loer Hansen, Interim Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said:

“At Aston University, we take a holistic approach that embeds sustainability through all our external activities at local, national and international level.

“We are proud to support the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in its aim to be the first Games to create a carbon neutral legacy.”

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, Katie Sadleir, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Aston University as an Official University to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“The University will provide vital ophthalmic expertise and equipment for athletes and team officials requiring ophthalmic assessment and treatment throughout the Games.

“This is a critical service and with Aston University, we have a fantastic partner to deliver this.”

The University’s School of Optometry will be loaning ophthalmic equipment and providing eye care expertise, supported by a network of qualified optometrist volunteers, for three polyclinics which will form the primary healthcare facilities for athletes and team officials requiring medical assessment and treatment throughout the Games period.

Professor Leon Davies, professor of optometry and physiological optics at Aston University, said:

“It is our aim to advance eye health in our region and society through innovative and clinically relevant education, research, and community engagement. I am looking forward to overseeing the Games’ eye care clinics throughout Birmingham 2022.

“In addition to providing ophthalmic equipment during the Games, we have also brought together a cohort of volunteer optometrists, dispensing opticians and ophthalmologists from across the UK.”

Dr Pam Venning, head of medical services at Birmingham 2022, said:

“We are delighted to have Aston University on board as an Official University. Its School of Optometry is well-known for its innovation and world-leading education.

“Birmingham 2022 wouldn’t be possible without teams of volunteers, and we are looking forward to working with the optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists assembled by the University to support the athletes and officials attending the Games.”

The University will also be supporting Birmingham 2022 in its aim to be the first Games to create a carbon neutral legacy by providing parking and hosting temporary electric vehicle charging facilities for its fleet, as well as other spaces on campus for its organising team.

The director of Aston University’s Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute, Professor Patricia Thornley, said:

“It is important that such a flagship event in Birmingham embodies the very best in sustainable practices, and we are working hard to support that.”

Nicola Turner MBE, director of legacy and Jess Fidler, head of sustainability for Birmingham 2022 spoke to students in a special event in November setting out the work being done to create a legacy for the region, including the ambition to create a carbon neutral legacy.

Birmingham 2022 has also provided this year’s business challenge for postgraduate business and management students at Aston Business School, who have been tasked with developing ideas for how the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games can create a lasting sustainability legacy for the city.

The best ideas from the challenge will be reviewed by the Birmingham 2022 team and the West Midlands Combined Authority, who are taking the lead on a sustainability legacy.

ONCAMPUS Aston is proud to work in partnership with Aston University to offer exceptional university preparation programmes for international students on the University campus in the heart of Birmingham.

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city and enjoys a rich and diverse cultural history. With state-of-the-art facilities and a reputation for outstanding student support, Aston University is committed to providing an exceptional student campus experience in the heart of the dynamic and creative city.

Aston University is ranked 25th in the Guardian University Guide which focusses on the quality of teaching, student satisfaction and employability. Aston Business School is in the top 100 globally for Business and Management (QS World Rankings) and is proud to be shortlisted by Times Higher Education (THE) for ‘Business School of the Year’. The University also won the THE ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurial University’ and is shortlisted for THE ‘University of the Year 2021’.

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