Supporting students

Find out how we’ve updated our learning, teaching and student support to ensure that students can still make the most of their time at Aston.

For more information about our wider response to COVID-19.


Latest initiatives               

Advice about how COVID-19 has affected university applications

Date: 19 May 2020

Sapreena Kumari, director of admissions, student recruitment and outreach, co-hosted a virtual event with Citizens UK Birmingham, which helped students, parents and community groups to understand how the recent predicted grade announcements have affected university choices. 

Business school expands global virtual internship programme

Date: 4 May 2020

Aston Business School has expanding it's global virtual internship programme to provide international placement opportunities for its postgraduate students faced with travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Work Global, Stay Local programme offers students the possibility of working remotely for a real company for up to 300 hours in an industry related to their career choice and to develop digital and remote working competencies in the process.

The virtual internship programme is part of a comprehensive package of online activities that has been developed to provide a ‘virtual skills framework’ for Aston Business School students to help them navigate the new ways of working and ensure that they are work-ready when their finish their courses. Activities include a business case competition, crisis management simulation, business clinic, skills development sessions, personal brand workshops and career management advice.

Elsa Zenatti-Daniels, postgraduate student development lead at Aston Business School, said: “When all on-campus and face-to-face activities ceased at the end of March because of the UK government lockdown, our aim quickly shifted to delivering a virtual offering to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to continue learning.

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Aston Community Support Volunteers

Date: 24 April 2020

Staff and students have created a team of volunteers who are ready to respond to calls for help from classmates and colleagues who may be may be self-isolating or in a vulnerable position due to COVID-19. 

Volunteers are available to support with practical help including shopping, food deliveries and prescription collection, as well as emotional support with volunteers being a 'friendly voice' at the end of the phone for those struggling with the isolation lockdown can bring. Staff and students are encouraged to request help by using the campus security app.

#VirtualAstonGrads – celebrating success online

Date: 7 April 2020

Aston University held online celebrations on the 7th April to welcome its most recent graduates into its alumni community. 

After making the decision to cancel its physical spring graduation ceremonies, normally held at Town Hall Birmingham, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aston University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alec Cameron, joined other academics and members of staff to make congratulatory video messages which were shared across the University’s social networks.

As part of the day’s activities, the University asked new graduates - wherever they were in the world - to share pictures or videos of themselves in their graduation outfits with the hashtag #virtualAstonGrads.

A few of our #VirtualAstonGrads messages

                      shelton           aston-alumni


                            vipul                     omonedo

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Hardship Fund 

Date: 7 April 2020

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Hardship Fund has been set-up to support students who are suffering from economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. Our fund will help in three key areas

  • Living essentials - 80% of Aston students will take some form of part-time work to fund themselves through university. Losing this income leaves many struggling to afford the basics. Our ‘Living essentials’ hardship bursary will help our students to afford the costs of accommodation, food and household bills.
  • Learning essentials– Many Aston students cannot afford their own laptop. At a time when learning is 100% online, we want to make sure no one falls behind or compromises in their efforts for financial reasons.
  • Returning home – We are proud that the majority of our students undergo a work placement while studying towards their degree. This has meant that many students have found themselves away from home, often oversees, during the COVID-19 outbreak. The returning home bursary has been used to help students that have been struggling to obtain a flight home, or offer extra support if they have remained in location.

If you know of any students who could benefit from support from the Fund, please refer.

Join alumni, friends and colleagues to support our students by spreading the word.

For more information about our wider response to COVID-19.