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Students receive a big thanks

19 April 2005 – for immediate release

Students receive a big thanks

STAFF at Aston University in Birmingham are recognising the help and commitment given by student volunteers who have been working with young people in Birmingham to encourage them to raise their aspirations for learning and their careers.

They will be honoured at a special certificate presentation evening this Thursday, 21 April, in the University’s Great Hall.

Over 250 Aston students are working across four schemes:

Aimhigher Mentoring – This scheme gives Aston students the chance to provide one-to-one support in a local secondary school or post-16 college, assisting students who are in danger of not achieving their full potential. Typically mentors work with 4 pupils per work for 1 hour sessions.

Student Tutoring - This scheme has been established at Aston University for 13 years and is increasingly popular. It is an opportunity for Aston student volunteers to provide support within a local school or college for half a day per week during the spring term. �

Active Community Engagement (ACE) – this gives Aston student volunteers the opportunity to assist with sports, arts, drama and music based activities within local schools and community clubs.

Student Ambassador Scheme – this is an opportunity for Aston students to represent their university to the outside world through a variety of activities including open days, higher education fairs and team visits to schools.

ENDS

For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 204 4552.

Notes to editors:

• The Schools Liaison Celebration Evening will take place between 4 – 6pm (presentations begin at 4.30) in Aston University’s Great Hall.

• Photographs will be available after the event, if you would like to send a press photographer on the day please contact the Press Office in advance to make arrangements.�

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