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Aston University is famous for career-boosting placement years. This campus university is located in the centre of Birmingham and gives students the chance to turn their favourite subject into a profession.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

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 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 83%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The large on-campus university library provides a wide range of digital as well as physical resources. Open 24-hours during the exam period.
  • The university has over 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

  • Careers advice. The Careers and Placements service assists students to explore and plan careers, apply for graduate roles or consider further study, and expand their experience by working abroad, volunteering, taking a gap year, or starting a business. Help is given with CVs and applications, interview performance and assessment centres, and psychometric tests. The service can be accessed for up to three years after graduation, including an online platform with job opportunities and careers events.
  • Placement support is given by a dedicated team; students are given tailored help that includes the recruitment, selection and interview process. Guidance is offered to help students access grants, and an exclusive jobs site lists suitable, subject-related roles. Currently 70% of Aston University students take a professional placement year, such as studying or working abroad and enterprise placements.
  • Personal mentoring. Aston has one of the largest mentoring communities of any university nationally: around a quarter of the student population are involved in some form of mentoring. The university coordinates 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.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Counselling and Mental Well-being staff offer a range of counselling approaches. They 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 Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) or other available funding, and arrange non-medical helpers such as BSL interpreters, mentors and dyslexia/specialist support tutors.
  • The team also liaise with residential services if adapted accommodation is required, and assist with any general queries relating to disability.

Students' Union

  • A brand new Students Union building in 2019 provides bigger social and event spaces.
  • 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 100 different clubs and societies.

History

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

Fascinating Fact

  • After an episode of the Japanese anime Pokemon caused 685 people to be admitted to hospital with suspected epileptic seizures, Aston neurologist Professor Graham Harding was flown to Japan to help set new guidelines for flashing images on TV. The rules he created were then adopted by British TV – and is the reason why all programmes have to give a warning about flashing images if they contain them.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dr Ravi Kant – former vice chair of Tata Motors Ltd.

Address

Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET