Benefits and Opportunities
Find out how to take advantage of the benefits and opportunities available to you as an Aston graduate.
You've graduated, what next? There are a range of benefits and services available to you - just for being an Aston graduate.
Did you know that you can still access the support of Careers and Placements for up to three years after graduating? That means access to a dedicated Graduate Support Team, Aston Futures, online tools and resources as well as an exclusive platform built for graduates, Gradspace!
Find out more here.
Alumni are welcome to join the Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre for an annual fee. Members enjoy reductions on many activities such as swimming, aerobics and badminton.
You can join in three easy steps:
Download and complete the Affiliated Membership Application Form and Health Questionnaire
Hand the completed forms to the Sports Centre Reception along with some identification of your alumni status. This could be an old ID card or your graduation certificate
Pay by card, cheque or cash.
If you are a new user of the facility, an induction session will be booked for you at no extra cost.
Alumni can access expert care at a range of clinics operated by The School of Life & Health Sciences. Our clinics are staffed by highly experienced professionals, and appointments are made either by referral or directly.
Aston graduates can use the recently refurbished Aston University Library for free (subject to regulations).
How to join
Simply complete the online registration form to receive a library visitor card (you will need a passport-style photo ready to upload).
Alternatively, please contact the Library directly by email.
Applicants will be sent an email when their visitor card is ready (normally within a working week). Name and address ID, along with photo ID, will be required on collection.
You can then take advantage of:
Registered visitors can use the Library for study purposes from 09:00 - 21:00 weekdays and from opening until 18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays according to opening hours. (Until 17:00 during the summer vacation weekends.) This applies even when the Library is open longer than the hours specified.
Your hotel on campus…
Want to stay in Birmingham for a night or two? Why not stay overnight on campus in four-star hotel accommodation? Conference Aston offers all Aston Alumni a 10% discount off their hotel prices, with room only and bed and breakfast available in a great choice of bedrooms from city singles to executive city doubles. There's also a contemporary courtyard restaurant within the hotel, serving a delicious full English and continental breakfast and a locally sourced, seasonal market-fresh menu in the evenings.
Call and quote 'Alumni AU' to take advantage of these special rates. To book your room call Conference Aston on +44 (0) 121 204 4300, email or visit www.conferenceaston.co.uk for more information on the hotel.
Bring it back to campus! Your Reunions…
Conference Aston offers exceptional private dining suites within the hotel and conference centre, ideal for reunion dinners and getting together with former classmates. The hotel also offers a contemporary bar for you to relax and reacquaint with friends. Why not take a tour of the campus while you're here and see the changes!
Your meetings and events on campus…
If you book meetings, conferences, training courses, banqueting, or other events, Conference Aston have 30 meeting rooms for up to 270 delegates and private dining spaces for up to 450 in their purpose-built conference centre on campus. Special offers run throughout the year with meeting rates from £29 per person, excluding VAT.
Enactus Aston are dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators.
As part of their Chance for Change project, they launched the 'Global Recipe Book' with their partners ACH Refugee integration services provider, on 31st January 2022, to empower refugees by giving them an opportunity to develop their skills relevant to the culinary industry.
The cookbook comprises recipes contributed by refugees, chefs & students from around the world and promotes sustainable, ethical & healthy diets with a variety of cuisines to explore.
The revenue generated from the sale of the book is given back to refugees, thereby establishing a circular economy.
You too have an opportunity to be a part of this great initiative!
The 'Global Recipe Book' is available both in ebook and paperback formats. It can be purchased online via Amazon.
You may have decided not to go straight into employment for various reasons, so why not look at our postgraduate study opportunities.
If you are interested in continuing to study with us, you'll be glad to know that we have made the application process easier for our own students with a fast track application form.
You can also hear from other postgraduate students, read our latest testimonials or take our Postgraduate Course Finder Quiz by visiting our Progressing to Postgraduate Study webpage.