1895 - The Beginnings

Our origins trace back to Aston University’s beginnings in the Birmingham Municipal Technical School established in 1895.

In 1947, the Technical School created a Department of Industrial Administration, the second to be founded in the United Kingdom (UK). When the Department was created few would haveanticipated that it would one day grow to be one of the largest and best Business Schools in the UK, or indeed that would gain international recognition for its world-class research and teaching. David Bramley was the first Head of Department.

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1961 - Research and ‘Aston Studies’

Research at Aston Business School has its roots back to 1961 when the Industrial Administration Research Unit (IARU) was set up and within it the ‘Aston Studies’ on organisations. The research was ground breaking with the study of groups of workers and individuals being carried out in their workplace and organisation setting.

In response to the growth in postgraduate education, a joint venture with Birmingham University formed the Graduate Centre of Management Studies in 1964. The same year a BSc in Behavioural Science and an MSc in Industrial Administration was introduced.


1979 - The Aston MBA

In 1979 our first MBA’s were awarded.  

1987 - Aston Business School

In 1987 the Management Centre was renamed Aston Business School.

The Mid 90’s

The mid 1990s saw the development of a range of integrated one-year MSc programmes and the undergraduate programmes expanded. 

Between 1980–1997 the School launched an MSc in Public Services Management, the Work Organisation Research Centre (WORC), the Innovation Design and Operations Management Centre (IDOM), a distance learning MBA, an MSc in International Business and opened a dedicated suite for postgraduate students.

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2003 to date - Triple Accreditation

Aston Business School is part of an elite group of global business schools who hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation.

Aston Business School is committed to maintaining the quality of its courses and in 1999 formed the ABS Advisory Board and Undergraduate Advisory Panel to ensure that they were rated excellent. The first of its triple accreditations was also achieved – EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) in the same year.

In 2003 – Aston gained AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation.

AMBA accreditation (The Association of MBA’s) was awarded in 2015. The Aston MBA is one of the longest established MBA programmes in the UK, and one of the first to achieve AMBA accreditation and in 2018 the programme celebrated 40 successful years.

2006 - Aston Business School Building

In 2006 we saw a £20m extension to the Nelson Building which is now called the Aston Business School Building which includes a dedicated MBA suite. 

2008 - 60 years at Aston

In 2008 Aston Business School celebrated its 60th birthday and named two of its lecture theatres after Adrian Cadbury and Susan Cadbury in recognition of their long association.

2017 - Aston Law School

The School’s department of Law became Aston Law School, sitting within Aston Business School.


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Professor George Feiger

Executive Dean of Aston Business School, explains what makes Aston such a unique place to study, research and to work with.