Aston University: 2012 tuition fees proposal

Tuition Fees

24 March 2011

Aston University is proposing to set a tuition fee of £9,000 a year for UK/EU undergraduates starting degree courses in 2012.

Aston University is known for its employable graduates and for exploitable, internationally recognised research in areas including new drug design, sustainable energy, business and strategy, and forensic linguistics.

Aston University has made a strong commitment to social mobility in its proposed Access Agreement to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) for students joining the university in 2012/13. This includes plans for a range of Scholarships  which will provide additional support for over  45% of new Aston students in 2012.

Aston’s highly regarded sandwich placement year will also not be subject to a £9,000 tuition fee. The placement year will be supported and placement year fees will reflect this support.

Professor Julia King, Aston’s Vice Chancellor said:

‘With 2,000 graduates each year, Aston is small by comparison to many other universities. It is also highly successful in having a far stronger track record for both graduate employment and social mobility than many other larger and higher profile institutions.

Aston graduates are consistently among the most employable in the UK.  An Independent Survey of the ‘Top 100 Employers’ in the UK rates Aston as one of the top twenty universities they turn to for graduate talent1.  The Sunday Times University Guide ranks Aston 10th out of all UK Universities for graduate level employment success over the last three years - higher than 14 of the 20 Russell Group universities.

At Aston we believe in the power of higher education to deliver social mobility and to transform people’s lives.  In comparison to other top 40 UK institutions in the Times University Guide, Aston combines the highest percentage of students from the lowest socio economic groups with the 4th highest percentage of students from state schools 2.  We are strongly committed to attracting talented young people to study at Aston, no matter what their financial circumstances or background.

There is no single secret to our success. However, during the 1960s Aston pioneered the sandwich placement year, which enables undergraduates to gain employability skills and self confidence, whilst spending time in a working environment, as an integrated and assessed element of their degree programme.  Today over 60% of Aston students take a placement year or year abroad - the highest percentage in any UK university.  We are convinced that the placement year makes a vital contribution to the employability of our graduates.

At Aston we are very conscious that we are now educating the generation that will have to deliver, over their professional lives, such critical challenges as carbon emissions reduction and global economic growth, in an increasingly international work environment.  Setting our fees at £9,000 will allow us to continue to develop our placement years, whilst ensuring that every Aston undergraduate also has the opportunity to develop global citizenship skills, including an innovative entrepreneurship programme and learning a modern foreign language, to further enhance their education and employability.

We continue to work closely with the Aston Students’ Guild to identify other ways to improve the student experience at Aston.’

As part of these new arrangements Aston University will also provide a substantial financial support package of bursaries and fee waivers, in order to ensure there is no financial disincentive stopping young people who wish to study at Aston from being able to do so.

For further information see the 2012 Fees FAQs

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Notes to editors:

  • Aston University has a focus on Life and Health Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, Business, and Languages and Social Science. These are disciplines that are vital to the economic recovery.
  • Aston University is based in the centre of Birmingham. It achieved University status in 1966. There are 9,500 students at Aston from over 130 countries.
  • Aston has recently been informed of a 3.8% reduction in its HEFCE recurrent grant for 2011/12, excluding the Modernisation Fund.
  • Aston University’s proposals on tuition fees will be submitted to OFFA by April 19th 2011.   OFFA is planning to announce the approved fee levels for all English Universities on 11 July 2011.