Aston sees biggest rise in student acceptances in UK


27 January 2016

  • The number of students accepting a place at Aston rises 80% since 2011, the largest increase across all UK universities. 

Aston University saw the biggest increase in students accepting a course place compared with all UK universities, according to the latest data.

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) published its 2016 recruitment data on Thursday (26 January) which showed that acceptances rose by 80 per cent since 2011, an increase greater than other UK universities by a significant margin.

The second and third largest rises were achieved by Coventry University and University of Surrey, which saw a 53 and 50 percent increase respectively.

Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: “Aston is distinct from many other universities through our focus on business and the professions. Our students’ employability and continuing success after leaving university is of huge importance to us, and this is what we believe is convincing more students than ever before to choose Aston.”


Notes to the editor

  •   An analysis of the UCAS data by Times Higher Education can be found here. 

About Aston University

  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has been always been a force for change. For more than 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for its opportunity enabler through broad access and inspiring academics, providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston recently held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey. 

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