Aston University

2015 League Table Ranking 27
2015 Overall Score 774
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Entry Standards 378 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.2 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.43 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,202 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.14 Help
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 440 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 73.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 75.2 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 51.0 Help
Green Score
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History

  • Founded in 1895.
  • Received Royal Charter from The Queen as Aston University in 1966.
  • Aston gained University status ast the same time as the universities of Bath, Loughborough and Surrey in the UK.

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.

Entry Standards

  • Most programmes require BBB–AAB at A level or triple distinction at BTEC. Average entry grades in 2011, around 395 UCAS points overall and ABB from best three A levels.

Student Mix

  • 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.

Course Flexibility

  • The vast majority of programmes have an optional or compulsory sandwich placement year in Business/Industry, in the UK or abroad. Seventy per cent of Aston students take the opportunity for this experience. This was the highest percentage in the UK according to HESA data in 2010 and 2011.
  • Many courses have a common first year (e.g. Business, Biological Sciences, some Engineering courses).
  • Integrated and Joint Honours options are available, as well as single honours programmes and major/minor programmes.

Teaching Standards

  • In the 2011 National Student Survey, Aston's overall satisfaction score was 86%, well above the UK average of 83%. Aston also has had an 'overall satisfaction' rate above the UK average for each of the seven years of the National Student Survey so far.
  • 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 also 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.

Research Standards

  • In the latest 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 86% of research undertaken was described as 'internationally significant'. 88% of Aston academic staff were submitted for research assessment, one of the highest proportions in the UK.
  • Grade 5 subjects include Business and Management, General Engineering, Subjects Allied to Medicine (Optometry, Biology, Pharmacy and Psychology), Languages and European Studies.

Academic Strengths

  • Strengths include Business and Management, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Life and Health Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences. Aston pioneered the sandwich course and was one of the first UK Universities to offer undergraduate degrees in subjects such as Business Management, Human Psychology, Translation, Pharmacy, Adutiology and Optometry. Aston Buiness School is over 60 years old and the School of Pharmacy is over 90 years old. Aston has also been offering science and engineering programmes since 1895.
  • Aston has a consistently excellent graduate employment record – around 80% of our graduates enter graduate-level jobs (89% in 2011–12, the fifth highest percentage of all UK universities according to the 2012 and 2011 DLHE survey).
  • There is a low drop-out rate of 3.9% (HEFCE performance indicators 2011–12) .

Student Facilities

  • All accommodation and most common rooms, cafes and lecture theatres are equipped with wireless or fixed internet access with 10MB download speeds .
  • There are 1,500 computer workstations on campus, some of which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The library is open 24 hours a day during term time.
  • The Aston University library contains over 300,000 volumes and the Learning Development Centre.
  • The library was totally refurbished and extended in summer 2010 as part of a £6-million project. Further developments to the library took place in Summer 2013, including a refurbishment of the top two floors.

Disability Services

  • Find out about the disability service at Aston by telephoning +44 (0)121 204 4711 or visiting the website.

Students' Union

  • The Aston Students' Union offers shops, hair salon, eating and social spaces, events, bookshop, Subway Sandwich Outlet, three bars and regular club-nights/events
  • The Guild 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 Guild organises 'Astonbury', a festival of events held on campus in June, after end of exams.

Sport

  • 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. The Sports Centre (which is Grade II listed) was refurbished and restored in 2011 and 2013.
  • 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

  • The university's new residences project is taking shape on campus. Phase one (1,350 high spec en suite rooms) opened in 2010. Phase two with 1,000 new ensuite rooms will open on campus in 2013.
  • Eighty per cent of rooms are ensuite and all are on campus. All will be en suite by 2013.
  • Between 2005 and 2010 there has been a £20-million investment in new and refurbished laboratories, public areas, seminar rooms and lecture theatres.
  • A £22-million extension to Aston Business School was opened in 2006.
  • Woodcock Sports Centre and the Aston University Library were refurbished in 2010–11: an £11-million project in total on campus.
  • The Aston Brain Centre and European BioEnergy Research Institute (EBRI) are two of the major research facility investments on campus in 2011.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop is run by the Students' Union.
  • There are lots of opportunities for part-time work. Birmingham city centre and the massive Bullring shopping centre are ten minutes walk. The financial and legal quarter of Birmingham is 5–10 minutes walk.
  • Sandwich and summer placements schemes are available for more career-oriented paid work. The average placement year salary for Aston students is £15,000 per year.

For further information

Web
  • www.aston.ac.uk
Email
  • ugenquiries@aston.ac.uk
Phone
  • +44 (0)121 204 3000
Address
  • Aston University
    Aston Triangle
    Birmingham
    B4 7ET
UCAS Code A80

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