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Information
  • Admin. staff 1,000+
  • Campus 40 acres (160,000 m2), city centre, self contained, grass, trees and paving, pedestrianised, lake and other water features
  • Chancellor Sir John Sunderland MA, HonDLitt
  • Endowment £1.9 million[1]
  • Established 1966 – gained University Status by Royal Charter
  • Location Birmingham, England, UK
  • Postgraduates 2,530[2]
  • Students 9,555[2]
  • Type Public
  • Undergraduates 7,030[2]
  • Vice Chancellor Professor Julia King, CBE, FREng
Aston University is a British campus university situated at Gosta Green, in the city centre of Birmingham, England. Aston was granted its Royal Charter as Aston University on 22 April 1966.Aston has also performed well in the National Student Survey, with the 10th highest average satisfaction score of all UK mainstream universities at 80.6% in 2008 and the 13th highest percentage of all UK universities.In the same survey, 89% of Aston students were satisfied with the quality of their course (UK average 82%).Aston is a relatively small university, serving around 7,500 full-time undergraduates compared with the 18,84 of its near neighbour institution, the University of Birmingham. Aston also has 2,530 postgraduate students (1,315 full time) on MSc, PhD, PGDip and MBA programmes. Aston Business School (part of the university) celebrated its 60 year anniversary in 2007, one of the most established in the UK.
In keeping with its background in technology, business, sciences, engineering and applied subjects, Aston continues to have a focus on industry and commerce. The university also has a School of Languages and Social Sciences. A majority of undergraduate students are registered on courses leading to a BScand 70% of eligible undergraduate students at Aston are enrolled on four-year sandwich courses, spending a year abroad or on industry placements. The university emphasises its focus on industry placements and graduate employment record:in 2010-11, 87% of first degree graduates found graduate level employment within six months of graduation, compared to the UK national average of less than 70%. This was the 5th highest proportion of all UK universities and colleges. In the 2011 QS World University Rankings, Aston is ranked 334th overall,and 51st for ‘Employer Reputation’.
Campus
The lake at the heart of the campus with triangular fountain
Established in 1895 as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School,The university is situated on a 40-acre (16-hectare) campus at Gosta Green, in the city centre of Birmingham, England. As well as being home to over 2,100 students, the Aston University campus has the following amenities available: sports centres, swimming pool, library cafés, restaurants, pubs, shops, travel centre, hairdresser, health centre, dentist, places of worship, opticians, a bank, automated teller machines and plenty of outside space.Around the campus there are also various open-access IT suites, offering computer and internet access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer access to a range of software packages, database systems and computer-aided learning materials. In addition, each of Aston's Schools of Study also has its own computing labs providing additional PCs, Unix workstations or Mac computers for their students.