Aston receives 25 per cent application increase


31 January 2013

Aston University has received a 25 per cent increase in applications for its full-time undergraduate courses starting in 2013, compared to last year.

The announcement coincides with UCAS, the organisation which deals with UK university applications, indicating a 3.5 per cent increase in the number of applicants to institutions nationally, compared to 2012 entry.

Aston’s record for graduate employment success is consistently in the top ten according to the annual Sunday Times University Guide. According to the 2013 Guide:  “Aston University turns out some of the most sought-after graduates in Britain with more than 89% landing graduate-level jobs…..putting the likes of even Oxford in the shade”.

This has coincided with multi-million pounds of investments on its campus including a refurbished sports centre, new university accommodation, laboratory and library facilities and a revamp of its Students Union.

Degree subjects with the largest increases for 2013 include business and management, engineering, computing, biological sciences and languages.

Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor at Aston University, said; “The quality of applicants this year has been extremely high and we are still welcoming applications from candidates expecting to achieve BBB-AAB and higher for 2013 entry. Over 70 per cent of our students opt to take a year’s work experience as part of their degrees – sandwich courses. In the current economic climate we believe this balance of high graduate employability and a high quality student experience makes Aston a popular choice. We are looking forward to welcoming our applicants to open days over the next few months”

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