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Widening Participation in Higher Education

In addition to maintaining a strong focus on high-quality research work, Aston University is committed to widening participation in higher education. The University seeks to ensure that it is truly representative of the community it serves and that students from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to receive a first-class education.

Grauates - Widening Participation

“Aston’s policy has been to expand and widen participation without compromising academic standards. The University’s impressive track record in widening participation is one of which we are extremely proud. In 2007/08, 57% of new entrants were from ethnic minorities, 91.4% were from state schools/colleges, 11.3% were from low participation neighbourhoods, and 2.3% were in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance. Aston’s Widening Participation Strategy has been to provide support to students throughout the student life cycle, from aspiration raising in primary schools through to student graduation and employment”

At Aston we are constantly striving to approach social inequalities in new and innovative ways, providing access to education for students from hard-to-reach areas with the aim of improving routes into employment and benefiting local communities. We feel passionately about social deprivation and are keen to address health inequalities within society; we believe that one of the ways in which we can help to improve the quality of life experienced by residents of low-income areas is to facilitate the training of medical professionals from these localities.

In the future we hope to help more individuals from low-income backgrounds receive the best possible training, making higher education and the medical profession more accessible and socially representative. In doing so we hope to improve social mobility prospects and reduce the effects of social deprivation by improving local healthcare.