A very Brum engagement

Happy couple Aaron Stapleton and Clare Doolan

A campus romance resulted in a romantic proposal under Old Joe for alumna Clare Doolan (BA English and History, 2010).

Former staff member Clare was surprised when her partner and fellow alumnus Aaron Stapleton (BSc Maths, 2012) popped the question under the arch of the clock tower, which he had filled with candles and roses.

The scene was set with the help of Aaron’s parents, and also Clare’s brother Rob Doolan, who works at the University and contacted Security Services to ask permission.

‘Old Joe was the perfect place for the proposal,’ said Clare, who thought she was going out for dinner in Harborne when Aaron persuaded her to come back to campus on the pretence of collecting a parcel.

‘We’re both very attached to Birmingham and settled here because we first started dating when Aaron was still doing his degree. Until recently I also worked here as an Applications Advisor.

‘When Aaron got down on one knee, I was completely taken aback. Initially I didn’t want to go near Old Joe because I thought it had been set up for someone else. When we first started going out he used to pretend propose in Selly Oak Sainsbury’s, so I wasn’t convinced it was real.’

The couple are still planning their wedding arrangements, but hope to get married in Warwickshire in 2017 or 2018.

Did you meet your significant other at Birmingham? Send your tales of campus romance, or maybe even your wedding photos, to alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we’ll share them in the next edition of Old Joe.