Academic and student support - improving the Aston student experience.

At Aston, we're always looking to develop the support available for students - whether this is support for your studies or support for your wellbeing.

You asked: "What is Aston doing to support my learning?"

The Hub

  • The Hub (expanded and renamed The Hub in 2010)on the ground floor of the main building, offers a single place for counselling, IT, student enrolment, financeand general support.

  • The Hubhasa queue manager at peak times to ensure students only have towait for as short a time as possible.

  • Arevised system allows students to request MAP letters and collect them immediately at The Hub reception desk (rather than the previous two day wait).

  • Acolour printer in The Hub has been installedfor students to print and collect coursework.

  • A dedicated student adviserhas allowed The Hubto offer more appointments on complex topics such as council tax, bursaries and student loans.

The Learning Development Centrein the Library, which opened in 2006 and refurbished in 2010, has expanded its range of services. It now offers a wide range of workshops, one-to-one tutorials, study guides and additional learning resources (group study rooms and laptops etc).

You asked: "What about health and wellbeing?"

The Aston UniversityNHS Health Centremoved to a larger location (Boots' store on High Street, Birmingham, 7 minutes walk from campus) in 2008 and is now open seven days a week, offering a wider range of services for students. A satellite clinic is locatedon campus. The University has alsosupportedHenderson's Dental Practice, located on campus for use by staff, students and graduates in addition to theOptical Clinic in Vision Sciences.

The refurbishedDoug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centrere-opened inOctober2011 on campus after a significant £5m investment. The University's outdoor recreation centre (off campus) refurbished its pavillion and changing facilties in 2009. More and more Aston students are getting involved.

You asked: "What support is there for International Students?"

We appointed anInternational Student Employability Advisorin theCareers and Employability Centre. More resources have also been put intoEnglish Language supportand more help is available for students who require visas.

We also now have a dedicated International Welcome Week to help students settle into university life in the UK.