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Along with all the staff of the School, I welcome you to Aston Business School. Whether you are new or returning and whether you are studying on the campus or remotely, we will do our utmost to make your time with us both rewarding and enjoyable.

The School is internationally recognised for the quality of our teaching and for the resulting employability of our graduates. We want to provide you with an inspirational educational experience that prepares you for success in your chosen career. You will be taught and guided by academics who are prominent in their fields, with close links to business, public sector organisations and professional bodies in the UK and abroad.

This handbook contains essential information about being a student at Aston University and is designed to support you throughout your studies. It contains our policies and procedures, important dates, and contact information for our services for students. You will enhance your benefits from attending Aston if you take part in the many events and societies on offer. Your Personal Tutor, your Programme Directors and the Student Support Team are available to address your questions and concerns.

We wish you every success with your studies and in your future career.

Professor George Feiger

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean

Aston Business School

Helen Higson

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-active University, known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and the professions.  It is also an inclusive, forward-thinking and diverse institution, deeply committed to ensuring all of its students can maximise their achievements. 

Whether you’re a UK, EU or international student looking for advice on managing money, wanting to join or even set-up a student society or needing guidance and support when looking ahead to your future career, Aston has friendly and experienced professionals ready to help.

We take supporting our students very seriously.  Aston was proud to have been awarded Gold by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) where we were acclaimed for “students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”.  Similarly, in the National Student Survey (NSS) Aston has achieved an overall satisfaction rate of at least 88% for the last four years (above the national average of 86%).

We are dedicated to equipping our students with the skills needed to thrive in the world of work. Aston is ranked among the top four universities for helping students secure a work placement year during their studies, helping them gain invaluable experience.  With the aid of our award winning Careers+Placements team, Aston’s graduates are some of the most employable in the UK.  Six months after graduation, nearly eight out of ten Aston alumni are in graduate level destinations – an employability rate comparable to those of the traditional elite universities.

For those who do not want to take the traditional graduate route, however, our Careers+Placements team can assist with other options such as further study, voluntary or charity work, and starting your own business.  For postgraduate students we have a specialist careers adviser who can help with career planning and we also have opportunities for postgraduate internships that can provide important work experience. 

For students who are not based on campus Careers+Placements have an online collection of tools for career planning and research.

Having celebrated our 50th year as a University in 2016 and welcomed our new Vice-Chancellor, we are constantly adapting to the changing needs of our students. In keeping with the University’s progressive motto, ‘Forward’, we pledge to continue to do so.

Professor Helen E Higson OBE
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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