Electronic Engineering '100% course satisfaction'

Electronic Engineering

5 July 2011

Aston University’s Electronic Engineering academic group has been awarded 100% student satisfaction for its Course offering in the Guardian University Guide 2012.

The Group, placed 7th out of 62 universities overall, was only one of three universities to be given the maximum feedback score from its Undergraduates. Aston University is the highest rated university in the Midlands for Electronic Engineering and is placed above established names including Edinburgh (9th) and Imperial College (13th).

The 2012 Guide, which is based on data for full-time undergraduates at UK universities, examines a range of areas including student opinions on course and teaching standards, student to staff ratios and spend per student.

Aston University was also rated among the top 10 UK universities for specific Subject Groups in Chemical Engineering (6th) and Anatomy and Physiology (9th) respectively, the latter including the subject areas of ophthalmic and aural and oral sciences.

Dr David Webb, Reader in Photonics and Head of Electronic Engineering at Aston, said: “As a Subject Group we are delighted to receive such positive feedback from our undergraduates. We want to offer our students the best experience possible, and we will be working hard to build on our strong, design-focused courses and research ethic. For example, we have recently launched a new fast track MEng that we believe offers students an incredibly exciting opportunity to combine both university and industrial experience within a four year programme.”

In the last two years, Aston’s Electronic Engineering Group has secured nearly £3m of research funding and is involved in a range of worldwide research collaborations. This funding includes £600,000 from the European Regional Development Fund matched by Aston to provide £1.2m of business and research support to Small and Medium Enterprises within the Midlands Region. An award of €1.7m was received by Professor Sergei Turitsyn in recognition of his current and continued advancement of nonlinear photonic technologies. This is currently funding new research posts and PhD opportunities in Photonics at Aston University to increasingly push ultra-long fibre and random laser technologies. Research in this field of Electronic Engineering will focus on the development of foundations for new generation fibre lasers for telecommunication and sensing applications and new approaches to secure communications.

For further press information please contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549