The Forward Fund

A project by: Aston University

pledged of £135,000 target
Supporting Aston Students

A Level Playing Field

Aston’s reputation is built on providing students with a practical education - something that will give them access to a successful career and equip them with the skills and the mindset to make the most of their talents. To succeed in this, we also aim to give students a level playing field. Just as we wouldn’t restrict access to lectures based on means or background, nor do we want students’ long-term potential to be curtailed by short-term obstacles.

Every student should have access to the full Aston experience. Choosing the right placement; striking the right balance between studying and earning; forming the connections and friendships that can last a lifetime. These are as much a part of University as sitting in a lecture theatre or laboratory.

The Difference You Make

Each year hundreds of alumni and friends make donations to support students at Aston. The Forward Fund brings together many different areas where your help can make a real difference. By making a gift you will be supporting the areas where there is the greatest need.

Help a student be their very best

- You can help a student to support themselves

80% of Aston students rely on part-time work to support themselves. This is far higher than many other universities. In many cases these students have to sacrifice parts of their educational experience that others might take for granted. They lose revision time, struggle to balance their hours and miss out on the chance of joining sports teams or societies. The Forward Fund supports hardship grants for those in greatest need of assistance.

-You can provide scholarships for exceptional talents

The brightest students can come from any background. Scholarships mean a student with good grades doesn’t have to compromise their education in order to make ends meet. Last year over 100 students received scholarships funded entirely by alumni and friends of Aston. A gift to the Forward Fund will allow us to help even more students.

-You can ensure students choose the right future

Work placements can make a huge difference to student futures. The right placement for a student is not always right on their doorstep and sometimes a student might turn it down because they can’t afford to relocate to a particular area, or because it doesn’t pay as well as a less suitable placement elsewhere. The Forward Fund provides support to make sure our students are making the best choices for the right reasons

How Your Gift Helps

  • A gift of £20 could help a student buy living essentials
  • A gift of £100 could help with weekly rent and utility bills for a student unable to find work
  • A gift of £400 could provide a laptop for a student during periods of online learning
  • A monthly gift of £20 could help students with the costs of relocating for work placements
  • A monthly gift of £104 could fund a scholarship during a full degree course

Help us succeed

Please donate today if you are able. Please also share this project with anyone you think might have an interest in helping.