Wesleyan and Aston partner to support Midlands talent development

Nathan Wallis, Head of Corporate Communications at Wesleyan, and Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University
Nathan Wallis, Head of Corporate Communications at Wesleyan, and Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University

1 August 2018

  • Financial services mutual Wesleyan pledges £250,000 over the next five years to help disadvantaged young people get into medicine 

Wesleyan and Aston University have announced a new five-year partnership worth over £250,000, aimed at supporting young people from deprived backgrounds into medicine as well as providing development opportunities and project funding to students, employees and partners of both organisations.

As a business focused on supporting the financial needs of doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers, the specialist financial services mutual will create seven new Aston Medical School scholarships.

The funding will also provide an annual subsidy for University projects that support enhancements in the fields of health, education, social development and innovation.

Regional talent development will benefit also, with degree apprenticeships for Wesleyan staff to complete an Executive Apprenticeship MBA as well as guest lectures, work experience and knowledge sharing on innovation projects between the two partners.

The £250,000 partnership is part funded by the Wesleyan Foundation, set up to support community-based initiatives in partnership with the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Nathan Wallis, Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement said: “Developing the next generation of talent is critical to the future of the Midlands and that’s why we’re proud to have partnered with Aston University. This partnership allows us to support a local university which is investing in and developing talent in key regional sectors and those close to the heart of all at Wesleyan.

“It will also give our colleagues here at Wesleyan the chance to continue with their professional and academic development with a trusted local partner – ultimately benefitting not just the individuals involved but both organisations and the region.”

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University said: “We’re delighted to have established this multifaceted partnership with Wesleyan. Aston and Wesleyan both have a long history of supporting growth and prosperity in the region, and we’re proud to receive their support in helping us develop local talent and improve accessibility to higher education.

“We look forward to welcoming Wesleyan colleagues onto our Executive Apprenticeship MBA, each of whom will accelerate their career development whilst the benefitting the business through confident and informed leadership.”

Wesleyan is a specialist financial services mutual for doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers.


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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