Balraj Purewal

Balraj Purewal, BSc (Hons) Business and Management student speaks about his journey at Aston University so far.

Aston University student to Students' Union President

I knew that when I came to Aston University, the community feel was right for me. I knew that I would be able to make some great friends for life here and that it would set me up so well for the future in terms of job prospects.

I chose to study BSc (Hons) Business and Management at Aston University because it gave me so much variety in terms of modules. The course helped me to delve into certain aspects, such as accounting, economics and HR, and helped me look at what I wanted to develop in future years.


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What do you like about Aston University?

The facilities for me have been excellent. Everything is in close distance to each other as well, whether it’s Aston’s Students’ Union, Aston Business School, the main building or the gym. What I also find really important about Aston is that you can actually book appointments with your lecturers to understand the content of the course further.

The placement scheme at Aston is so brilliant because it helps you to develop yourself as a professional and on a personal level. 


Tell us about your role as President of the Students' Union

I initially went for Vice President of Aston Students’ Union, I enjoyed it so much that it led onto me then running for President too.

Having the opportunity to lead thousands of students was an absolute pleasure. I really enjoyed working for the union, it was great to secure half a million-block grant funding to improve our services for us and for our students, and to give back to others. It helped me to look at myself as a younger student and to look at others, regardless of their background and show them how much you can do and know they are accepted at Aston, and they can still progress and achieve their best possible potential.



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How has studying at Aston University benefited you?

I remember when I got diagnosed with a disability, multiple sclerosis. I was struggling to accept it at that time, and I didn’t know what to do. I actually ended up speaking to one of my lecturers. I had a chat with him and he highly recommended that I went to The Hub. The number of adjustments that they made for me was great and the amount that they understood, they put their hand out to me. 

It was a surreal moment being selected as the baton bearer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, a priceless moment I will never forget, alongside my friends, family and the University.


Balraj commented

I’ve had the best possible experience at Aston. If you come to Aston, I'm sure you will have the same experience too.