Care Leavers

The University is really proud of the support that we offer to all of our students.  We are committed to providing support and advice before you come to University in our outreach work with schools and colleges and during your time here.

The contact at Aston University for Care Leavers is:

Patrick Coughlan 
The Hub
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Telephone: 0121 204 4007
Email: careleavers@aston.ac.uk

Students newly enrolled at Aston University who have experience of being in care are contacted with information outlining the support that is available during term 1. If we haven't been in contact with you please email Patrick who is our Funds Administrator and your named contact during your time here.  

We will understand that you have been in care because you will have indicated this on your UCAS application. If you choose not to share this information with UCAS you can let us know yourself.

Our website GetAhead@Aston is a great source of information and advice. This ranges from academic support you can access at Aston such as Study Skills to what it is like attending lectures.  You can also listen to Podcasts detailing the experiences of some of our students.  Perhaps you would like to visit the University on one of our Open Days to get a real feel of what Aston University can offer. 

Why not get in touch with a current Aston University student who can be a Mentor before you enroll at Aston, giving you key information and advice first hand.  You can also get help if you are new to Birmingham via our Transition Mentoring scheme.

Sometimes you may find that you need extra financial support to cover your living costs.  The Funds Administrator in the Hub Advice Zone may be able to offer you help with these costs via the Aston Support Fund. 

We consider applications from care experienced students and students who have lived or do live in temporary accommodation sensitively and will provide assistance in a variety of ways should you need it.

Coming to university is a great experience and there will be many opportunities to get involved.  The staff in the Hub have lots of experience of providing assistance, advice and guidance. 

Please contact the Funds Administrator Patrick Coughlan in the Hub for further information or Telephone the Hub to make an appointment: 0121 204 4007

Students also have the opportunity to access academic support and guidance from the Learning Development Centre which is based on the 1st Floor of our Library.  Here you can attend workshops and receive one-to-one support with a Learning Development Adviser on a range of topics. 

Feedback from students on this service is really positive.

There are opportunities for you to relax and have fun with people who share similar interests as you .  Aston Students' Union provides many  opportunities for this through their student clubs and societies including the Aston LGBT+, Aston Fitness Club and Aston Live Music Society to name just a few.  

The Union also provide many other support networks and sources of advice.  

This factsheet outlines the SFE financial entitlements young people from care will receive. This repayment calculator indicates what to expect when you graduate and start working.  

If you would like help and assistance with your application to Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland please telephone the Hub Advice Zone on: 0121 204 4007 to make a confidential appointment with one of our Student Advisers.

When applying to university via UCAS for entry onto a degree you have the opportunity to indicate that you have been in care. If you were in care for any period combination of 13 weeks between the ages of 14 and 16 you will receive an Aspire Scholarship of £3,000 for 2015/16 entry.  

The Aspire Scholarship is awarded as a deduction from the tuition fees over the 4 years of your degree programme.  This reduces to £2,000 as a deduction from the tuition fees if you are not taking the placement year and your degree is 3 years in length. 

We will also consider you fairly for the Aston Excellence Scholarship which is assessed on your academic achievements prior to enrollment.

If Birmingham is your Local Authority you are entitled to a one-off Higher Education Bursary of £2,000.  Birmingham local authority may also help you with accommodation (rent) costs and travel to and from university.

Other local authorities will have their own support package that they offer young people who have experience of being in care.

This local authority support can be accessed via your Personal Adviser. You may also access a range of other practical support from your adviser and you should keep in touch throughout your studies. 

If you live in Birmingham the contact details are:

18+ Service 
PO Box 16378 
Birmingham B2 2AH 
Tel: 0121 464 1229 

Or search in the Local Authority Directory.

Please forward any inquiries to: careleavers@aston.ac.uk 

Content checked & Updated PJC 12/11/2015 



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