A number of the team were put forward for a variety of good ideas over the past year, but two particularly stood out to the panel. The first was the introduction of a crowdfunding platform, led by Geoff Savage and Mariya Kauser. The project is achieving its objective of enabling a range of people to successfully raise money good causes. However, there are much deeper consequences of this initiative, including building a closer relationship with the Students’ Union societies, reengaging with Aston’s alumni who are interested in particular events or causes, contributing to the development of links with University donors, generating positive news stories and last, but not least, supporting Aston’s students. The second idea was the result of collaboration between Marc Hornby from DARO and Harry Goldingay from Computer Science. Between them they worked closely with the CEO of GoCompare to devise a degree apprenticeship programme, despite the company being based in Wales and therefore unable to use their apprenticeship levy for an English-based degree. The belief that this could be accomplished and then the work that went into making the idea a reality shows great determination and collegiality between two different parts of the University and is an example of how a little creative thinking can have really positive results.