Published on 07/04/2021
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  • 19 Aston University students and recent graduates from a Black and Black Mixed Ethnicity background will take part in the new online learning experience
  • The eight-hour Finance Unlocked course is open for 3,000 students across the UK to complete until the 9 May 2021 
  • 30 of the top-performing students and graduates will also be in with a chance of receiving a £1,500 Santander Scholarship.

Nearly 20 Aston University students and recent graduates have been selected to take part in Santander UK’s recently launched Universities Black Inclusion programme.

The programme, Finance Unlocked, provides students from a Black or Black Mixed Ethnicity background with access to leading finance industry specialists   to further their professional development by gaining employability skills which will help build their CV.

The course focuses on developing applicants’ financial skills by focusing on the fundamentals of finance and covers topical subjects including Green Finance and Blockchain.

After completing the eight-hour online programme and quizzes, 30 of the top-performing students and graduates will also be in with a chance of receiving a £1,500 Santander Scholarship.

Christen Konomoore is studying politics and economics at Aston Business School and said:

“I am really looking forward to this opportunity and can't wait to interact with other students and organisers of the programme. It will be really helpful for students from a Black or Black mixed ethnic background because it gives us an insight into the financial world and a possibility to network, which would help us get our feet in the door.”

Adwoa Twumasi-Adutwum, who is a pharmacy student at Aston Pharmacy School, said:

The content in this programme would not necessarily be taught to me unless I was studying a finance-related degree, so I thought it was a great opportunity to learn something new. I encourage more students and graduates - especially from a Black and Black Mixed ethnicity background - to get involved in programmes like these. It will allow us to create opportunities for ourselves in the future and break through any barriers we face.”

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University said:

“I am thrilled that we have been able to continue our strong partnership with Santander Universities. This is a fantastic opportunity for some of our talented students and recent graduates to develop their financial skills. I welcome the initiative in providing those from communities under-represented in the financial services sector with the tools they need to prepare for future careers.

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Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

For media inquiries in relation to this release, contact Sam Cook, Press and Communications Manager, on (+44)7446 910063 or email: s.cook2@aston.ac.uk

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