18 Mar 2022

Patron Profile – Aston University

By Kathryn Simkiss
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Here at LoveBrum, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that Aston University  has joined LoveBrum as a Patron!

With their support, we can continue LoveBrum’s vital work within Brum. Thank you, Aston University!

Following the news, we caught up with Dr Angela Jeffery – Director of Regional Strategy and Business Continuity Champion for RKE, to discuss our new partnership….

 

Tell us about your company and what it is you do?

Aston University delivers world-class teaching quality and impactful research. Our focus is on serving our beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and region and society. We were named University of the Year by the Guardian in 2020, in recognition of our commitment to graduate employability and earnings, sustainability and enabling students from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve their potential.
In 2018/19, 59% of Aston University’s students achieving a 1st or 2:1 were from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds – the highest proportion in the sector and our graduates are among the highest paid in the country, placed 15th in the 2020 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) with median earnings of £33,200 five years after graduation.
We are committed to operating sustainably and were ranked as a top ten green university by the People and Planet University Green League in 2019 and our students’ union building, made of sustainable wood, won the Guardian’s ‘Buildings that Inspire’ award in 2020, highlighting its low-carbon heating system that draws energy from more than 100 solar panels.

What does the Birmingham/Midlands region mean to you?

At Aston University, we are beneficiary-led and serving Birmingham and the West Midlands region and society is fundamental to how we work. Our civic university agreement was set up with partners in the city to outline how we work with partners to benefit the region, such as supporting local charities to build a better Birmingham through volunteering and fundraising.  See our Region and Society webpages to find out more.

Why did you want to get involved with LoveBrum?

We believe that the University has a social purpose to support the city and region in which are proud to be based. Aston University is strongly committed to improving the lives of the people who live, work and study here and being involved with LoveBrum is a great way to facilitate this.

What positive changes would you like to see happen?

Local communities are really suffering at the moment, with the economic and social effects of the pandemic, the rising cost of living and the cuts to public services. Improving the health and wellbeing of local people to reduce inequalities in our city is a key priority that needs to be addressed, through increased support from public agencies, and by building capacity in communities to secure the help that they need.

 

For more information, please visit the Aston University Website.

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