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Aston University

Aston University

A world-class campus university based in the centre of Birmingham

Aston began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895, evolving into the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology in 1956.[Aston University received its royal charterfrom Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966.

In 2016, Aston received recognition Times Higher Education for the second best teaching quality in the UK.For 2018, it was ranked in the top 55 universities in the UK by all major domestic and international league tables. Aston was ranked by QS as the 42nd best university in the world under 50 years old in 2015.

Aston thrives as part of an international community and we remain totally committed to global co-operation. We are a popular choice for international students and we recognise and welcome the important academic contribution and cultural diversity that you bring to our university. We are proud to have a diverse student population of over 13,000 students from over 120 countries who all live and study in an inclusive, safe, close-knit and friendly atmosphere, with many international student societies and faith groups found on campus.

Birmingham, like the rest of the UK, also has a strong multicultural community. We welcome people from across the world to be part of our city and together we celebrate major festivals from Vaisakhi to Eid to Chinese New Year.

Aston University, and the UK, will always be a welcoming, safe place to live and study and we are committed to ensuring that our campus remains open to students from across the world.

Aston University received its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966.


  • Aston has been awarded Gold status in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Aston is in the top 25 in the UK for student satisfaction, with 88% in this year's National Student Survey.
  • Aston has been awarded the QS five star rating for excellence in teaching, employability, innovation, facilities, inclusiveness, and internationalisation.

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