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National Express Foundation to support students in Languages and Engineering

National Express Foundation

20 June 2014

The National Express Foundation has donated £30,000 to Aston University to support students from the West Midlands who face challenging personal or financial circumstances.  

The Foundation’s Awards will help to fund a total of ten bursaries designed to address the national shortages of women in engineering and men studying a foreign language. The bursaries are earmarked for students who want to take up a higher education course and start the first year of their course in October 2014. 

Jill Wilson, Director of The Hub at Aston University, which provides students with access to various support services, said: “Nationally there is shortage of women studying engineering and men studying foreign language courses. We are delighted that thanks to this support we will now be able to provide extra bursaries of £1,000 per year, specifically designed to help and encourage West Midlands’ students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds on engineering and language courses.”

Aston University will contact eligible students in early November 2014 and invite them to apply for a bursary. 

The National Express Foundation is central to National Express Group's support for the wider community in which it operates in the UK, providing both educational and community grants to support individuals and group projects. 

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For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications, on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk