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Aston University

Aston University was founded as a Technical School in 1895. It has evolved over the last 120 years to become a research-led university known for world-class teaching quality, strong links to industry and government, and exceptional graduate employability rates. In 2016 Aston celebrates 50 years since the granting of its University Charter. Alec Cameron became Vice Chancellor of the University in the autumn of 2016.

Aston focuses on high quality, exploitable research that has an impact on society through medical breakthroughs, advancements in engineering, policy and practice in government, and the strategies and performance of business. The pioneering research conducted is wide-ranging and includes treatment for type 2 diabetes, entrepreneurship and small business growth, developing renewable energy and improving the delivery of justice with forensic linguistics. 

The University’s investment in applicable research continues with the new Aston Medical School which will train a new generation of doctors. Its strong emphasis on individual scholarships and financial assistance programmes is designed to encourage social mobility within the West Midlands. 

Aston University is based in the centre of Birmingham, home to over 65,000 students and one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities. 

The University is consistently ranked in the UK’s top 20-30 universities. Aston offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and also works with the public and private sector to develop tailored Continuing Professional Development and Foundation Degree programmes.

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