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Aston University is located in the centre of Birmingham, with all academic, social and accommodation facilities on the one campus. Aston is a leading university for graduate employment success.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: A80

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%

Where students come from

  • UK 82%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 55%
  • Female 45%

Student Services and Facilities

Library

  • The large on-campus university library provides a wide range of digital as well as physical resources. Open 24-hours during the exam period.
  • More than 50 computer laboratories, many with 24-hour access, plus free high-speed Internet across campus.

Student jobs

  • Part-time work is accessed via the Jobshop, based in the Students' Union. The Jobshop helps students find part-time and vacation work to fit around their studies, including access to volunteering opportunities to develop employability skills. Advice and guidance appointments are offered on the recruitment, selection and interview process for casual, temporary or volunteering positions.
  • Employer and part-time recruitment fairs take place on-campus to bring employers and students closer together.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Placements service supports students with career planning, exploring options, applying for graduate roles, considering further study, working abroad, finding voluntary opportunities, taking a gap year or starting a business. Students can get help with CVs and applications, learn how to improve their performance at interview or assessment centres, and practise a variety of psychometric tests. Support is available for up to three years after graduation, including access to an online platform with job opportunities and career events.
  • A dedicated placements team offer tailored support to students seeking a placement year, including help with the recruitment, selection and interview process. They also guide students through securing suitable placement grants like Erasmus. Currently 70% of Aston University students take a professional placement year, including studying or working abroad and enterprise placements. 
  • The Employer Engagement Team organises employer events and recruitment fairs on campus to bring employers and students closer together, with employer guidance and advice across multiple industries.
  • Aston has one of the largest mentoring communities in any university nationally, with approximately a quarter of the student population involved in some form of mentoring. The Learner Enhancement team coordinate a number of mentoring schemes that offer support for students throughout their learning journey, enabling them to develop skills, expand networks and share experiences. The Professional Mentoring Scheme matches industry professionals with students looking to develop their professionalism and commercial awareness to aid their placement search.
  • Tailored newsletters keep students up to date with the latest news, events, views and global careers information alongside careers blogs and regular updates on the university’s social media channels.

Counselling services

  • Counselling and Mental Well-being staff offer a range of counselling approaches and are experienced in supporting students with a wide range of issues including anxiety, academic stress, low mood and depression, relationship difficulties, and bereavement.

Disability support

  • The Enabling Team (disability services) provide assistance with applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) or other available funding, arrange non-medical helpers such as BSL interpreters, mentors and dyslexia/specialist support tutors; liaise with residential services if adapted accommodation is required and assist with any general queries relating to disability.

Students' Union

  • Aston Students' Union has more than 410 course reps to fully represent the academic interests of students, as well as an Advice and Representation Centre, and Students' Jobshop.
  • There are more than 110 different clubs and societies.
  • The SU has a number of useful shops along with areas to study (the Loft, a social study area with IT and presentation facilities) and relax (the B4 Bar), plus prayer rooms. There are plans for the union to relocate to a brand new building, right in the heart of the campus.

History

  • Founded in 1895.
  • Became one of the first institutions to offer placement years in the 1950s.
  • Received Royal Charter from The Queen as Aston University in 1966.

Fascinating Fact

  • Aston University's European Bioenergy Research Institute has developed its own bioenergy power plant, the Pyroformer, which helps power the campus.

Address

Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET