Aston University2015 League Table Ranking 27
2015 Overall Score 774
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- Aston was founded in 1895.
- Aston became one of the first institutions to offer placement years in the 1950s.
- Received Royal Charter from The Queen as Aston University in 1966.
- See the full history of Aston at www.aston.ac.uk/50.
Location and Transport
- A green campus in the centre of Birmingham, with all academic, accommodation and social facilities on one site.
- Five minutes walk from the main shopping and social areas of the city and fifteen minutes walk from Birmingham New Street station (a national rail hub).
- A 20-minute journey by rail to Birmingham International Airport.
- Most programmes require BBB–AAB at A level or triple distinction at BTEC.
- Total undergraduates (approximate) 8,000.
- Overseas students 17%.
- Male/female ratio 51:49.
- Applications to places ratio 6.5:1 (13,000 applications for 2,300 places in 2013).
- From state-sector schools 89%.
- 1,500 postgraduate students.
- The majority of programmes have an optional or compulsory professional placement year in business or industry. Over 70% of Aston students take this opportunity.
- Many courses have a common first year (e.g. Business, Biological Sciences, some Engineering courses).
- Joint honours options are available, as well as single honours programmes.
- In the National Student Survey 2014, Aston was awarded a student satisfaction rating of 89% – an all time high!
- More than 70% of students are on degree programmes with Teaching Quality Assessment scores of 22/24 and higher.
- Professional accreditation and exemptions are available on many degree programmes. Degrees at Aston are reviewed and updated in consultation with industry and professional bodies.
- Free modern language tuition is offered to all Aston first year undergraduates to support global awareness, networks and language skills. Options include French, German, Portugese, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic.
- Aston University has received 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' accreditation for nearly 80% of its overall research in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- In specific research subject areas, Aston University’s Area Studies is rated 3rd in the UK; Allied Health Professions 5th in the UK; and Business Studies 17th in the UK for research classed as world leading (4* star) or internationally excellent (3* star).
- Business Studies, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and Informatics all received a maximum 100% for Research Impact – the real world effect the 4* and 3* academic research has upon society, communities and businesses.
- Strengths include Business and Management, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Life and Health Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences.
- Aston pioneered the university placement year and was one of the first UK universities to offer undergraduate degrees in subjects such as Business Management, Human Psychology, Translation, Pharmacy, Audiology and Optometry.
- Aston has an excellent graduate employment record, ranking consistently in the top ten universities for graduate employment for the last 20 years.
- On-campus gym, swimming pool, basketball, squash and badminton courts, as well as an outdoor all-weather pitch. Aston's swimming pool is one of the oldest pools in Birmingham and features an ornate Victorian design.
- Huge on-campus university library with a wide range of digital as well as physical resources. Open 24 hours during exam period.
- Large number of computer workstations across campus.
- Free high-speed internet across campus.
- Assistance with applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) or other available funding.
- Information and guidance relating to the DSA Needs Assessment.
- Appointments for a diagnostic assessment for dyslexia or other Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs).
- Arrangement of support including as study support workers, BSL interpreters, mentors, and dyslexia/specialist support tutors.
- Coordination of adapted accommodation.
- Assistance with any general queries relating to disability advice.
- The Aston Students' Union offers shops, hair salon, eating and social spaces, events, bookshop, Subway sandwich outlet, three bars and regular club nights and events.
- The union also operates an Advice and Representation Centre and Jobshop.
- There are more than 100 clubs and societies.
- Over 80% of students are regularly involved in activities supported by the union – an extremely high proportion.
- The union organises Astonbury, a festival of events held on campus in June, after end of exams.
- The on-campus Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock sports centre includes a 25-m swimming pool, two large sports halls, squash courts, 100-station gym, dance studios, two floodlit all-weather pitches, fitness studio and Dojo area. Facilities are just 200m or less away from all teaching rooms and student accommodation.
- Off-campus there is an 18-hectare (45-acre) sports grounds facility (9 pitches), floodlighting, all weather facilities and pavilion with bar and catering facilities.
- Over 35 sports clubs are run by the Athletic Union and the emphasis is on sport for all – so all students have the chance to get involved, compete and use our facilities, not just the elite athletes.
- Aston's annual BUCS ranking often beats many universities twice its size.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- A large-scale redevelopment of campus in 2014 removed old buildings and replaced them with open green space.
- The university's new residences project was completed in 2013 with the addition of 1000 en-suite rooms.
- The Aston Brain Centre and European BioEnergy Research Institute (EBRI) were two of the major research facility investments on campus in 2011.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The University Jobshop is run by the Students' Union, and helps students find part-time work to support their studies.
- There are lots of opportunities for part-time work. Birmingham city centre and the massive Bullring shopping centre are 10 minutes walk from the campus. The financial and legal quarter of Birmingham is 5–10 minutes walk.
- Professional placement schemes are available for more career-oriented paid work. The average placement year salary for Aston students is £15,000 per year.
- Aston University has an award-winning Careers and Placements team that advise students on their career, professional development and the best way to secure their ideal job.
- Meet with our Careers Consultants to talk over your plans.
- Learn from consultants bout how to create professional CVs, good applications and undertake successful interviews.
- Receive support and advice on alternative options such as considering further study, working abroad, finding voluntary opportunities, taking a gap year or starting your own business.
- A careers newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, views and global careers information via our regular updates and social media family.
- Students can take advantage of the careers network, applying for paid internships with SMEs based in the West Midlands via Graduate Advantage.
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