About Aston & Rankings

Friendly & diverse community

Aston has long been a popular destination for international students and we recognise and celebrate the important academic contribution and cultural diversity that you bring to our university. As an Aston student you will learn in a friendly and diverse community in the centre of Birmingham, a vibrant and multicultural city in the heart of the UK. Birmingham has a rich international heritage and we welcome people from all countries to be part of our city. Birmingham is home to 187 different nationalities and celebrates a wide range of major festivals from Vaisakhi to Eid to Chinese New Year. Aston is a welcoming and safe place to live and study, and we are proud that our university is open to students from around the world. 

World-class teaching & research

Aston is a long-established university known for its world-class teaching and research. We were recently awarded a gold rating for our teaching quality in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017), and we are also one of a small group of UK universities to be awarded a five star rating by QS (2018), the world’s largest international higher education network. These stars were awarded in the areas of teaching, employability, innovation, facilities, inclusiveness and internationalisation. 

Graduate employability

82% of Aston graduates are in professional level jobs or further study, 18th highest percentage in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018). We are renowned for our career enhancing courses and our connections with industry - something that we believe is vital in today’s economy. Aston University is a truly international learning and research environment, which prepares its students for the global workplace of today.

TEF Gold

Awarded GOLD in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017

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Third in the UK for the proportion of students taking a placement year (61% of our students, 2016/17)
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Second in the UK for boosting graduate salaries (Economist 2017)
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Top 20 in the UK for student experience (2018)


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88% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017)


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Top 20 in the UK for international outlook (2018)


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80% of Aston graduates secure graduate level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (2018)

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Aston accommodation is ranked 6th in the UK (2017/18)
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5 star rating for excellence in teaching, employability, innovation, facilities, inclusiveness and internationalisation (2018)
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59 new businesses launched by Aston students & graduates in 2017, supported by Aston’s BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise & Employability Network)