Aston University was founded in 1895, with it being an university since 1966, is a research-led university. It is one of the smallest public research universities in the UK. Aston University is based in the city centre of Birmingham. About 11 000 students are following undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at Aston. The institution has four different schools- Aston Business School (ABS), School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS), School of Languages and Social Studies (LSS) and the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS). ABS and LHS are internationally-renowned, international students make up an important part of the student body. In order to get admitted to any of the undergraduate degree courses at Aston University, prospective students need to apply through the UCAS. Aston is ranked within the top 35 universities in all university ranking tables. It is especially known for its high employability ranking which attracts students from diverse backgrounds, making studying at Aston a multinational experience. Graduates usually find employment within six months upon graduation. The MBA programme has established itself among the best worldwide. The Master (MSc) courses at Aston Business School were ranked 12th by Financial Times which makes it one of the leading 50 business schools in Europe.
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Aston University has a numerous number of facilities that can help students get through their university life. One facility which I find has been helpful to me is the Peer Mentoring scheme. This is one to one scheme where the mentor can provide help to their mentee. The mentee has the opportunity to seek help from someone who has been in the same situation as them before.
I give high praise to the lecturers, who put in a lot of work and teach at very high levels. If you ever have a query the lecturers are friendly and respond to their emails promptly.
The campus itself is really lovely. It is a safe and secure university with 24/7 security.
There is also plenty of space where one can read/ revise peacefully. The main building is always open and there are spaces designated for each discipline.
Aston University is a school that is devoted to the progression of their students, from the way lectures are taught to the postgraduate opportunities. Aston University provides many support opportunities, including a careers website where you can access placements, internships, graduate internships and part time jobs. It also has numerous ways in which they support their students through online resources, ample reading resources in a library that is open almost all of the time, personal emails for all of the lecturers, and also mental health support which is incredibly important.
The only fallbacks of this university would be that it is very Business orientated, as the majority of the students do study Business, so there are more resources for these students. Also, they alter how the modules are assessed often, which means that they are not very highly organised in the first year that the assessments are laid out this way. For example, this year for my Research Methods module in Psychology, they changed the main coursework piece to an exam, which left lecturers unsure of how to provide guidance on how to revise and caused much confusion with students.
Aston University has a high quality of teaching, as can be seen from its rank, also the teaching staff are always helpful and friendly. Aston also has a dedicate team offering careers advice to students, which improves our employability to a large extent. In a word, as long as you are willing to learn, there are loads of free resources provided by the university, you can get the most of your study out of here. Except for study, Aston’s location is convenient for students to go shopping, as it is near to Bullring.