Aston recruits 50% females onto top MBA

Full time MBA cohort October 2015
The new Aston full-time MBA students, taken on arrival in October 2015

Saturday 31st October 2015

Aston Business School has recruited its highest ever percentage of females onto its full time MBA programme. Aston has achieved a 50/50 split between males and females starting the programme in October 2015.  In the same month, the Davies report was published showing that there are now no more all-male boards in FTSE 100 companies, reflecting the drive amongst businesses and top business schools to address the shortage of females reaching the most senior positions in business and industry.

Just one solitary Business School, of those ranked in the Economist’s top 100, admitted more women than men in 2013 (the latest figures published). Aston’s achievement of 50% would place Aston in joint second position worldwide and joint first in the UK. Some of the top 100 schools admit less than 20% women, with the median percentage of females enrolled at just 32%, putting Aston far ahead of almost all the schools listed [1] .

Aston’s cohort for 2015 is made up of students from 14 countries around the world, including Nigeria, China, India, Thailand, America and Australia as well as the UK and Europe.

Sally Gillespie, a full-time MBA student and on secondment from Chiltern Railways, said:

 "I was attracted by Aston Business School's excellent reputation as a global business school. It's fantastic that there are so many women on the course as it reinforces the fact that there is no glass ceiling for us professionally and that we are able to aim high for senior positions in business.”

Former  trade minister Lord Davies and author of last week’s Davies report, said UK top companies had reached a "major milestone" in increasing the number of women in their boardrooms, but more needed to be done; the same change needed to be made in the executive committee structure of both big and small companies.

As the traditional step from middle to senior management, increasing the number of women MBAs is an important step to increasing women in senior business roles.

Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, was particularly delighted with the achievement and explained:

 "If we are to truly achieve equality in the boardroom, it is vital for the country's top business schools such as Aston to actively recruit high-quality female applicants and, through quality MBA teaching and professional mentoring, help push them on the road to achieving those elusive senior positions in business.”

Aston Business School is among the elite 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the leading accreditation bodies for business schools in the UK, US and Europe.

The Economist 2014 Which MBA rankings placed the Aston MBA 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for immediate return on investment.

[1] The Economist Which MBA rankings, Women in Business School