Benefits and Services
From careers advice to replacement certificates and information on the Sports Centre, here's what you need to know.
You've graduated, what next? Aston provides alumni with a range of benefits and services, specially tailored to help guide and support you after graduating as you take your first steps into professional life post-graduation.
Your journey with Aston doesn't end on graduation day. Our team of friendly and experienced career professionals are ready to help you with your next challenge - starting your career. By completing the Careers' Graduate Registration' using your personal email*, and becoming a Graduate Member on Aston Futures, you have access to all our careers support services for up to 3 years after graduation.
Aston Futures is the online platform run by the Careers and Placements Team. It's easy to use and packed full of opportunities posted by employers looking to recruit Aston graduates. Keeping in touch and registering for a graduate account on Aston Futures will also give you access to the latest news, events and opportunities in our careers newsletters.
If you graduated more than three years ago, you would likely be able to find more appropriate sources of help elsewhere, and the Careers Centre will be happy to advise you on the best way forward.
To speak to us about any of the Careers services available to you as an Aston Graduate, call on 0121 204 4757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note your Aston University email account will expire 3 months after graduation.
Exclusively available to the class of 2021, Gradspace is a new and exciting platform designed to give you bespoke and ongoing careers support after graduating from Aston.
Whether you already have the next part of your graduate journey secured or not, Gradspace has everything you need to make the best possible start with your next steps.
To access Gradspace, you will need to complete a survey to help determine how best we can support you. You will then be invited to access a programme of careers support tailored specifically for your needs.
Did you know that as an Aston graduate you still have access to our career’s services and resources for another three years? 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.
Study areas CafeLibro, serving light refreshments and Starbucks coffee.
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 'AlumniAU21' 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 classmates of yesteryear. Our reunion dinners start from just £24.95 per person, and the hotel offers a contemporary bar and hotel 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.
Celebrate your degree and graduation with an elegant and bespoke graduation ring in solid silver or gold.
Choose between a traditional signet ring featuring the University crest, or an Imperial ring with a choice of precious stone and personalised to your degree and achievements - feature your degree initials, year of graduation and an engraving of your choice.
Traditionally, graduation rings are worn on the ring finger of the right hand, but this guide to graduation ring etiquette might give you some ideas about how to wear yours (how about on the thumb or the index finger?)
Every item purchased raises money for Aston University. You can find the stand in the Lower Foyer of the Main Building.
Alternatively, to order online and for more information, please visit Eva & Eva's website
Cost shouldn't limit your career aspirations, which is why we are delighted to offer all Aston graduates (including exchange students) a 20% loyalty scholarship in standard taught MSc and Full-time MBA course fees.
As an Aston graduate, you will automatically qualify. For more information, visit our webpage.