Paul Faulkner


  • 50 free memberships will be awarded to postgraduate students starting at Aston University in September
  • Students will have access to professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities
  • Students will gain virtual skills as many events move online

Fifty postgraduate students are to benefit from access to one of the city’s top business networks in a partnership created by Aston University and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

Students starting a master’s course at Aston University in September can apply for one of the free memberships for the young professionals’ network, which supports aspiring business leaders and managers in the city. Students will be encouraged to apply for the memberships, worth £150 and demonstrate how they will make the most of the opportunity during their studies.

By partnering with Future Faces, Aston University will provide the successful 50 students with the opportunity to build their profile, grow their network and gain access to industry leaders while studying. 

Future Faces provides regular professional development and networking events as well as opportunities to be mentored by a more experienced Chamber member. 

Since the pandemic, events have moved from face-to-face to online to ensure that members continue to have the opportunity to develop in their careers. Postgraduate students at Aston University are taught how to develop new virtual skills as part of professional development programmes on their course. Access to the Future Faces network will allow students to put these new skills into practice.

Saskia Loer Hanssen, deputy vice chancellor, said:

“We recognise that many students are looking to study a postgraduate course in September to progress further while the economic situation improves. By partnering with Future Faces we will help 50 of our most talented students to use this time to get ahead and accelerate their careers through access to this important business community.”

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: 

“This initiative from Aston University is a real investment in the professional development of its students, providing them with access to invaluable business opportunities and networks. 

“Investing in students is particularly crucial amid the Covid-19 crisis, if we are to mitigate in some way the negative economic impact that the crisis has had in Greater Birmingham and beyond. 

“Future Faces membership will partner perfectly with students’ academic endeavours, and provide them with key skills needed to succeed and thrive in a post-pandemic world.”
Students will apply online for the membership when they join their course in September.


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 and Chief Executive.

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