Like most universities, Aston conducts telephone fundraising campaigns. As a registered charity, these appeals allow us to generate vital income for essential projects which fall outside of our core budget. Each year a team of carefully chosen students contact alumni by telephone in order to update them on Aston’s future, find out what graduates are doing with their lives now and ask them to make gifts to support projects that benefit current students.
People are often unaware that almost all UK universities have “exempt” charity status and that Aston is one such institution. The ability to ask for philanthropic support from alumni and friends is an increasingly important part of Aston’s continuing drive to offer a level playing field for students. All of our students have the talent and grades to come here, not all of them have the resources to fully immerse themselves in university life and studies.
Using the telephone to fundraise allows alumni to hear the full story directly from students themselves.
This Year’s Projects focus on supporting students directly
The Aston Alumni Scholarship Fund
Making a gift towards Scholarships at Aston is an effective way to help students from less well-off backgrounds meet the financial challenges of going to university. With nearly half of Aston's undergraduates coming from families with low incomes, scholarships enable these students to fulfil their potential and continue their studies without having to sacrifice their ambitions.
Languages for All – Improving Student Futures
Languages for All is a key part of our commitment to internationalism in education and industry, and can help equip our students for international (work or study) placements, as well as improving their employability when they graduate. Currently all students are entitled to a FREE place on this course in their first year, funded by Aston, but once they reach the second year the course becomes fee-based. Thanks to Alumni support, the LFA bursary provides extra funding for those unable to afford the fees to continue expanding their skills.
The Zoe Robinson Graduation Fund
Zoe Robinson was an Aston student who tragically passed away just before she was due to graduate. Knowing that Zoe had believed graduation was an important part of every student’s university journey, Zoe’s parents set up this fund to help pay for graduation costs for students from low-income backgrounds, meaning that they can have their day of celebration too.