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Talented teenagers set to ‘spend’ £300 million of Treasury money, at Aston University

24 October 2008 – for immediate release

Talented teenagers from across the UK will have the chance to ‘spend’ £300 million of ‘Treasury money’, when they work alongside Aston University academics, next week.

Up to 25 students will be working with members of Her Majesty’s Treasury, and Aston Business School academics and students as part of Warwick University’s Goal Programme. Its aim is to offer advice and support to gifted and talented students whose families have little or no background in higher education.

The three day residential Money and Management course, from October 28 to October 30, will see teams of students facing the fictional task of representing different government departments. They will be creating an imaginative budget for the Treasury and persuading a panel of HM Treasury staff on how to best spend a fictional £300m of public money.

The teenagers will be working with Aston Business School academic, Dr Josie Kelly, meeting with Rolls Royce’s business team and visiting Her Majesty’s Treasury, in London, as part of the experience.

Angela Morris, Aston University’s Excellence Hub and Gifted and Talented Coordinator said the aim was to help youngsters between the ages of 14 and 18 to develop their self esteem, gain confidence and to encourage their next steps into higher education.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to visit a university, meet with current undergraduates and to gain hands on business experience from experts. We want to offer an insight into the wide range of study opportunities and career paths out there, which students may not have considered beforehand,” she said.

The Goal programme is entirely funded through philanthropic donations and offers free access to events, unique learning opportunities and online distance learning.

For further information on the Goal programme log onto www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/goal or contact Louisa Shorland on 02476150613

For more details on Aston University’s Gifted and Talented provision contact Angela Morris on 0121 204 4787

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For more information on Aston University contact Alex Earnshaw MCIPR, University Communications Team, Aston University on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk.

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