Cashless payment scheme a success

Touch Pay

13 February 2012

Aston University has introduced an innovative new cashless scheme to make buying food and drink on campus quicker, safer and more convenient.

The University has launched a Touch Pay scheme that allows students’ ID cards to be ‘topped up’ over the internet and used in outlets across campus.

The scheme was introduced with the initial aim of removing the need for carrying cash. It now hopes that it will also rest the minds of parents who are worried their children may not be eating properly while at University.

The scheme has been developed to be almost 100% paper free in support of the University’s green commitments, as all registration, account management and balance top ups are done online, with no paper based applications. All Aston students are pre loaded into the Touch Pay system, so all they need to do is activate their account online.

Paul Bunce, marketing manager at Aston University Catering Services has been heavily involved in the introduction of the scheme having project managed the Touch Pay scheme and is particularly proud of its initial success.

“The welfare of Aston University students is a top priority for us and the Touch Pay scheme is a fantastic way to make sure they feel safe on campus at all times,” Paul said.

“Funds can be uploaded via an online portal in a matter of minutes and can be accessed anywhere as long as they have internet access, so relatives can top up on behalf of students at any point throughout the year.

“We all know students may forfeit a staple diet in favour of other expenses, so the Touch Pay scheme ensures that provisions are taken care of, with money virtually set aside exclusively for food.”

The scheme has been developed in a successful partnership with the University’s Catering Services, Information Systems Aston and the University’s finance department in conjunction with VMC Ltd who have extensive experience in similar smart card solutions.

“Based on its initial success I am sure the scheme will continue to develop, with more students taking advantage of the benefits it offers, particularly the increased convenience of the scheme over cash as Touch Pay payments are up to 30% quicker than paying by cash or credit cards. The reduction in cash being carried on campus will also continue to create a safe environment for anybody studying at Aston,” added Paul.

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For further details contact Kreesha Pattani, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or