About Aston University

About us
Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Read more

Our goal is to have 100% of our students on placement by 2020

Over the last 20 years we have consistently been ranked as a top university for graduate employability (80 in the World and 12th in the UK according QS Graduate Employability Rankings).

Our research has a direct impact to society and 78% of it is rated world leading internationally excellent (REF 2014).

We were recently ranked the 33rd Most International University in the world and 10th in the UK (THE Most International Universities’ table), as well as 11th in UK for Student Experience (2016 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide). 

Who we are
History and traditions

League table rankings & REF 2014

Aston University has strong league table positions across a range of different criteria.

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Our ethos

Aston strategy 2018-2023:
How we move forward matters

Our corporate strategy for 2018 to 2023 places students at its core.

It focuses on the application of knowledge for economic and social benefit, as well as how all aspects of the University can improve prospects for Aston graduates

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Professional placement years
How we work

Creating a campus for the best student experience

Our mission is to deliver and maintain a sustainable campus that enhances the student experience.


We will continue to provide high quality accommodation and space that is accessible, efficient, flexible and responds to the needs of all our users.


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Management and governance

Professor Alec Cameron is our Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive. He sets the strategic direction for the University and is supported by the Executive Team.

The Executive team is made up of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, two Pro-Vice-Chancellors, five Executive Deans (also PVCs) and four Executive Directors.

We are governed by the University Council The Senate is the supreme academic authority. 

We currently have five Academic Schools, each managed by an Executive Dean.

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