Student Recruitment and Outreach

Activities for post-16 students


Aston University’s post-16 programme provides sixth form and college students, as well as offering fantastic opportunities for students to discover more about studying a particular subject at university.

Support during COVID-19

Now is more important than ever to inspire students regarding their future. While we are unable to run our usual campus activities, we have put together digital resources to help students considering university. These include online events, interactive videos, virtual open days, and UniBuddy – our online chat system.

You can register your interest for events or videos by using the form at the bottom of this page. If you are a teacher, you can also request videos to be scheduled for larger audiences at a particular time if required.


Subject-specific activities

College of Business and Social Sciences

Aston Business School, Aston Law School and School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Cuthbert the caterpillar – charming parody or cunning copy? A legal perspective. Wednesday 9th June, 16:30–17:30

Never has a caterpillar caused so much commotion until Colin and Cuthbert showed up. Whilst most of us think that the current issues around these 2 tasty treats is nothing more than a bit of fun, behind the scenes, teams of lawyers are working incredibly hard to determine who is right and wrong. This taster session will look at the intricate workings of the legal proceedings involved and will delve into what this could mean for our other chocolatey caterpillar treats. Aimed at year 12 & 13 students this taster will give students an insight into some of the knowledge they will learn if they choose to study Law at Aston.

Sixth-Form History Symposium (online) - Wednesday 30th June 13:30-15:30

Register your class now for Aston University’s first Sixth-Form History Symposium (online) on 30th June 2021. This afternoon event will include:

  • A key-note talk by “The History Chappy”, Patrick O’Shaughnessy, History teacher, author, and co-creator of the popular 'Versus History' Podcast.
  • Talks from leading academics operating in exciting new fields of History research.
  • Group discussions with History undergraduates.
  • A Questiontime panel with Aston’s team of international historians and scholars.

We are also looking for A level History students to present short papers (6-8 minutes length) on topics they are especially interested in from the A level syllabus. The five best papers will be awarded a prize of a £20 voucher. Places will be distributed on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of five students per school.

Upon booking, you are welcome to submit up to 5 students (along with their paper topics) to us before the event. This is optional, and students are welcome to join with/without a paper.”

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Schools of Informatics & Digital Engineering, Infrastructure & Sustainable Engineering and Engineering & Technology

Everything Engineering Virtual Taster Day: Wednesday 16th June, 10:00-16:00

Attend this Virtual Taster Day to discover everything Engineering. Studying a STEM subject gives you the opportunity to make a difference. Given the current situation with Covid-19 and the very real dangers of climate change, this statement is truer than ever; engineers have an important role to play in the future of our society. This relies on people like you entering the STEM fields to ensure that we continue to tackle the world’s big challenges. The day will allow you to join a variety of different subject sessions- biomedical or mechanical? Electrical or Chemical? It's up to you. With a one-off opportunity to join our "Ask the Engineering Experts" Q+A panel and get all of your engineering-related questions answered by Aston's enthusiastic students, academics and admissions experts. 

College of Health and Life Sciences

Aston Medical School, Aston Pharmacy School and the Schools of Biosciences, Optometry and Psychology

Biology Taster Day: Tuesday 4th May 2021, 12:00-13:00

At Aston we offer a range of Biological Science subjects – this is your chance to find out more about what’s on offer! Meet our lecturers and speak to current Biological Science students! You will be able to gain an insight into the course structures and content as well as take part in an online sample lecture.

Mental Health Awareness Week Monday 10th May- Friday 14th May 

Students’ mental health has become more and more of a focus point for higher education institutions over the past few years and we want to continue to raise awareness for this as part of National Mental Health Week. Aston University’s Student Recruitment and Outreach Team are running a program of virtual talks, workshops, and Q+A sessions for teachers, parents, and students of all age groups. Hear from current students, our wonderful support services, and incredible motivational speakers to learn about how to support your mental health. To receive the full program of events, register your interest below.

Studying Medicine at Aston University: Wednesday 19th May, 16:00-17:30

Studying for a career in Medicine can be exciting, challenging and worthwhile. Now, more than ever, working in healthcare is vital for the safety and wellbeing of our communities. But deciding to study Medicine is just the first step. It’s important that candidates understand what it takes to study Medicine at university and the process for applying as well.

Virtual Healthcare Aspirations Event: Tuesday 6th July 2021, Times TBC

Our Healthcare Aspirations Event is a great to find out about the wide range of course and career choices that are available within the Healthcare sector. We will have all Aston Healthcare Departments, as well as departments from other local Universities. It is your chance to speak to our academics about the various career paths that can be taken with a healthcare degree. There will be an Information Market as well as course specific subject talks and sessions.

Other Activities

Advice & guidance

Video: Is university for me, and how do I choose the right University and course?

This talk looks at reasons why students choose to go to university as well as what students can expect from student life, such as student finance, accommodation and clubs and societies. It will also give students information about how to go about choosing a course and university to suit them

Video: Degree apprenticeships

The Degree Apprenticeship Video Talk aims to give students information about applying for and completing a degree apprenticeship. It will look at how a degree apprenticeship differs from a traditional degree, what degree apprenticeships there are on offer and how students can apply for them.

Video: UCAS and personal statements

This talk is designed to help students as they begin their application to university. This presentation will go through key information and dates for UCAS applications. It will also cover what admissions tutors are looking for in a personal statement, giving hints and tips to create a successful application.

Video: Finance and university

The Financing University talk is an in depth look at the Student Finance system. Designed to dispel myths about how student loans work in practice and give students an opportunity to start thinking about living on a budget.

Video: Aston and the placement year

This talk focuses on the skills and experience needed by graduates to help them get the career they want after university. It will look at how students can start building up those skills now and how a placement year at university can help boost their employability.

Video: Wellbeing at university

What support is available at university? Where do students go if they need help and advice? This workshop looks at all the support available to students when they attend university. It’s full of helpful hints and tips so students feel comfortable and confident before starting this new chapter.

Video: Arriving and Surviving

The Arriving and Surviving talk aims to give top tips and guidance to students who are looking to go to university. Delivered by our student ambassadors, this talk will give your students more of an insight into what going to University is really like.

Video: Applying to Medicine - MMIs

Applying to study Medicine at university can be a daunting process. This talk focuses on the Multi-Mini Interviews many universities ask their Medicine applicants to take part in and how you can best prepare for these types of interviews.

Open days

Virtual open days

You can get a feel for university life at Aston by attending one of our virtual open days. You will hear from academics and students, and find out more about courses and facilities available.

Find out more about open days.


Chat online to students and our team

Whether you are a student, teacher, parent or adviser, if you have a question regarding SRO activities or what it's like going to university (courses, finance, student life etc) then you can chat to either an Aston University student or a member of the SRO team. 

Chat on UniBuddy.

If you require further support for your learners from the SRO team, please email us with your requirements and we will try to help.

Book onto an event 

Please select the event that you would like to book below. If you cannot find the event that you would like to book, or you have a bespoke request, please email SRO.

If you would like a copy of our code of conduct, risk assessment or safeguarding policy, please email SRO.

Register for one of our live events or request one of our video talks


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