Care Leavers

Aston University has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark (below) for it's commitment to providing support to students from a care background. The attached Directory lists some of the support available from Higher Education Institutions in the West Midlands area.

Below you will find a summary of some support that may be available to you at Aston University.

Buttle Quality Mark

If you have been in Local Authority care a Foyer or been homeless prior to coming to university you may face challenges in addition to those which the majority of students in Higher Education face.

The Student Funds Administrator in the Hub may be able to offer you help if you are experiencing difficulties with your finances or are considering leaving Higher Education because you are finding it difficult to budget your day-to-day living costs.

Coming to university should be an enjoyable experience and we are here to ensure that limited finance is not a barrier to your participation and the successful completion of your chosen degree.

Please contact Patrick Coughlan in the Hub for further information by either emailing p.j.coughlan@aston.ac.uk or by telephoning 0121 204 4740

National Scholarship Programme

When applying to university via UCAS for entry onto a degree you now have the opportunity to indicate that you were in care.  If you were in care and meet basic eligibility you will be receive a scholarship of £5,000 split over the 4 years of your degree programme, this reduces to £4,000 if you a  re not undertaking a placement year.

These scholarships are available to home (UK) students who are receiving financial support from Student Finance England and whose household income is up to and including £14,500 per year.

Access to Learning Fund - Help when you need it

Care Leavers are a priority for financial assistance via the Access to Learning Fund and you should submit a completed application form as soon as possible following enrollment.  We may also be able to assist you over the summer vacation period when you are not attending lectures.Please click here for further information.

Higher Education Bursary

Young people from care who are entering university from September 2009 and onwards will be entitled to apply for a
one-off £2,000 Care Leavers Bursary from their Local Authority this Bursary can be accessed via the young person’s
social worker / personal adviser. 

To find your Local Authority please click here.

If you live in Birmingham the contact details are:

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

Aston University accommodation

As a care leaver the University guarantees you a room within the on-campus halls of residence for 52 weeks of the year and for the full duration of your course.  Please contact accom@aston.ac.uk for further information and details of how and when to apply.

Aston University Student Ambassador Scheme

The Student Ambassador Scheme gives Aston students an opportunity to represent the University to the outside world through a variety of different activities. It’s a brilliant way to develop skills that look great on your CV, meet new people, have fun, and get paid for it! Student Ambassadors will use their own experiences to promote Higher Education and Aston University to potential students and other contacts.
The scheme is very flexible and you sign up to work when suitable for you – there are no fixed number of hours that you will be contracted to.  Student Ambassadors can work on a variety of events ranging from Undergraduate Open Days with 2000+ visitors to smaller campus visits with 50+ school aged students.  Student Ambassadors will be expected to work with students aged predominantly from 11-18 years old from a wide range of backgrounds including those with learning differences, disabilities, cultural background and children in care.
No previous experience is necessary, although enthusiasm for the University and Higher Education is essential! A good knowledge of the facilities on offer here at Aston is also beneficial.
For further information and details on how to apply please visit: www.aston.ac.uk/ambassadors.

Checked & updated PC 19/11/2013

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