Involving the family

Have you considered University for your son or daughter?

There may be many reasons why you have not considered a University education for your son or daughter. Perhaps no one from your family has entered Higher Education before, or you may be worried about where your son or daughter may live, what support they will have and how they will be able to afford the fees and living costs.

As a parent, you have an important role to play in helping your child to progress through their education and into the world of work. Having your son or daughter go to university can be a stressful time for both of you, especially if they are moving away from the family home. Many parents find it difficult to advise their child of their options regarding Higher Education, especially when they have no experience of it themselves. For you to be able to offer your child the best advice, you need to understand what university is all about.

What is Involving the Family?

‘Involving the Family’ is a project developed here at Aston University. We work with parents who perhaps have not been to university themselves or are from groups in the community who traditionally don’t attend university. Parents are given the opportunity to visit the Aston University campus, chat with current students and become familiar with the university environment. After looking around the University, including an example of student accommodation, parents can ask questions and discuss any individual concerns.

Our job is to help you to gain a better understanding of the university environment and to assist you to help your child to make the right decisions about their future.

It is widely recognised that children’s aspirations develop at an early age so we think discussions about Higher Education need to begin as early as possible. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for you, as parents, to gain knowledge and experience of university so that you are able to support your son or daughter to think about future careers or Higher Education courses. With encouragement, future ambitions can help to focus a child on their school work and improve their attainment.

Schools and Community Groups

In addition to campus visits, we also attend parent’s evenings and other events at schools; to be a source of information to parents and to answer any questions or concerns they may have about university. If you would like the project team to attend your school events, please contact us via email or telephone.

Equally, if you are part of a community group and would like to discuss the opportunities available, please feel free to contact us.


If you are a parent and would like more information on the project, please feel free to get in touch.

The project team can be contacted at: involvingthefamily@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3137

This project is offered in addition to activities offered to schools by Schools and Colleges Liaison.

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