THOSE WERE THE DAYS: ASTON UNIVERSITY: Starting Point for Careers

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Byline: BY PAUL FULFORD

ASTON University is a relative new comer, but has a worldwide reputation.

Yet its origins were humble - found in the technical institutes that were set up by far-sighted Brummies late in the 19th century. Eventually a site at Gosta Green was acquired in 1933 for technical, commercial, arts and crafts colleges.

With the increasing interest in technological education during the 1950s-60s, Aston University was born - getting its charter on April22, 1966. Today it has four main schools of study - business, engineering and applied science, life and health sciences and languages and European studies.

Enjoy these pictures of some of those who have studied and worked at Aston's landmark site

TWD is all about YOUR memories so write to Paul Fulford, Evening Mail, Weaman Street, Birmingham B4 6AY or email paul_fulford@mrn.co.uk

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CAMPING OUT: These students found a novel way to publicise their annual Rag Week in Oct. 1978. They bedded down in the middle of Dartmouth Circus, giving passing motorists a surprise; BACK TO SCHOOL: Tracy Jones, aged 31, of Sutton Coldfield, collected a BSc from Aston University in July 1978, after going back to study while bringing up her two young children. She is pictured here with daughters Lara (left) and Deborah; SLEEPY HEAD: Aston University researchers came up with the perfect assignment for sleep-loving students in May 1980 - they paid them pounds 100 each to drop off! It was all part of a study into new drugs for epilepsy; MAPPING IT OUT: Student architects Trevor Vass, Ian Fisher, Richard Wragg and Gary Lupton look at plans for a municipal housing scheme with Coun Clive Wilkinson, leader of the city council, in March 1875; CHAMPIONS: Members of Aston University hockey club celebrate in March 1987, after beating the world record for non-stop hockey; TIME OUT: Students relax in the union building in Jan 1973. …