The Aston University scheme is one of 20 successful pilot projects selected by government (HEFCE) as part of a £25m public funded programme designed to support progression into post graduate taught courses in England.
Aston University will be offering a comprehensive package of measures to prospective full-time home students on one year programmes, including scholarships of up to £7,500, mentoring, language tuition and business networking opportunities.
The Aston University multi-stranded support package will include;
100 x £7,500 scholarships (including funded study and cost of living bursaries)
Focussed careers advice
Free language tuition
Paid professional internship (8-12 weeks)
Relevant (peer or employer) mentoring
While Aston welcomes applications from all groups, the University will be collaborating with other Birmingham higher education institutions to extend its outreach programmes and encourage under-represented groups into its post graduate cohort. This includes encouraging women into engineering; men into science subjects; students from ethnic minorities into all disciplines and students whose families were on low incomes while they were studying at undergraduate level.
We are a university that believes in social mobility and this pilot scheme will help to transform the lives of many future students and propels them into exciting careers
Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Aston University, said; “We’re delighted to have been selected for this pilot programme. Aston has a proud history of success and expertise in widening participation and we have a comprehensive package of support measures in place which ensure post graduates are best equipped to be successful in securing top jobs. We are a university that believes in social mobility and this pilot scheme will help to transform the lives of many future students and propels them into exciting careers.”
Steve Egan, HEFCE Interim Chief Executive, said; “The range and innovative approaches in the schemes which universities have devised to increase take up of postgraduate courses is impressive. We will work closely with the projects to see what is working well and to communicate this widely to build strong foundations for this critical aspect of higher education.”
The successful pilot projects will support more than 2,800 students and involve a range of support activities including financial and pastoral support, mentoring and networking, curricula change, funded studentships, work placements and a variety of bursary and loan schemes.
The projects were recommended by a panel chaired by Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, and including members of HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Committees, as well as representatives from the UK Council for Graduate Education and the National Union of Students.
Students interested in learning more should visit aston.ac.uk/100
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