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Aston University is made up of four faculties; Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Business and Languages & Social Sciences. Situated in the centre of Birmingham on a 40 acre campus Aston University has plenty of facilities to offer students including cafés, pubs, restaurants, a travel centre, hairdresser, bank, dentist and shops.
Sports facilities on campus include a 25m swimming pool, sports halls, gym and fitness rooms, dance studio, yoga room, climbing wall, indoor cricket nets, sauna and steam room and sports pitches. Close by to the campus is an outdoor sports pavilion with catering, bars and changing facilities and more than 40 acres of floodlit pitches for rugby, football, hockey and cricket.
The university is ranked as 21st by The Complete University Guide 2012, as 5th greenest in the UK and is within the top 100 universities in the world for recognition by graduate employers, a fact that Aston University is very proud of and intends to keep improving on. Some of the ways that the university supports students in this area include high quality advice on careers, established relationships with professionals in leading industries and support and advice for students who wish to develop in their entrepreneurial skills and start new businesses. In addition to this, students are encouraged to include a placement year in their degree and will pay a significantly lower fee for that time, around 70% of students take part in this, helping them gain the necessary skills and experience to transition into the workplace after graduating.
Aston Students' Guild is the social hub of the university. B4 Bar is host to music and live sports by night and serves great food by day. The Base venue caters for all types of taste in music plus hosts comedy, wrestling, talent shows and events such as roller discos. The Students' Guild also aims to make student life as easy and straightforward as possible and so provides an advice and finance centre known as The Hub, printing services, JobShop for students who want part-time work whilst studying, a Subway food outlet and several study areas. For students that want to do something outside of their studies there are nearly 80 clubs and societies to choose from and include opportunities to get involved in Aston student magazine.
Described as a small, compact and friendly campus, Aston University is home to around 10,000 students from more than 120 countries. Students can enjoy relatively low costs of living and have easy access to all that the City of Birmingham has to offer.
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Guys do not go to this university,It's a money making thing. Their idiot professors are not getting accountable for leaking exams instead university penalize students by forcing them to repeat the year. That stupid university dean does not understand the financial burden on students. It just happened to my family member recently. What a shame
I love the changes to the campus but I do feel that our student union is not as buzzing and social as other universities union. I think there needs to be more events and perhaps students should be asked what events they would like. Living in Birmingham we have great access to clubs on Broad Street so I think students would really appreciate the union to a space for more social activities.
Aston is an amazing University especially for Business students. Lecturers are really helpful and campus is beautiful. It is a well known University, also world-wide known and is an achievement if you can get in. The accommodation is beautiful and right in the centre of Birmingham so you are near to everything. I can't rate 5 stars for clubs and societies as I'm not part of one but there are loads on offer. The Student Union is brilliant, especially for Freshers week and we even have our own pub on campus. Careers service is outstanding, help you from finding jobs, with your CV and help you practise interview techniques. As almost ALL students have a placement year (struggling to come across anyone who hasn't) they make you feel comfortable when finding a job.
ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! This Uni refused to stop a fellow student from harassing & stalking myself and other Uni friends, meaning we had to go to the Police. The Uni was aware of this other student's actions and creepy behaviour but gave him numerous undeserved second chances. Even when this other student repeatedly threatened to kill one of my Uni friends the Police had to caution him before the Uni took any real notice and even then they refused to kick him out. Eventually, when he had been arrested on various occasions and given a prison sentence suspended for 18 months, the Uni finally reluctantly said that he had run out of extra chances and was to be kicked out permanently. Far too little too late. By this time it had been going on well over a year. Little wonder that in April 2014 my Uni flatmate killed himself in the Lakeside residences. The Uni wrongly tried to hush it all up to avoid bad press and swore us to secrecy. Worse, they then let slip to me how he killed himself. AVOID!
Fantastic city campus - incredibly unique in that sense with only a 10m walk to the Bullring and Birmingham centre. Education quality and reputation is fantastic, new student union coming soon and desperately needed!!
Love my course, high standard of teaching, lectures approachable and helpful, lots of practical experience. Good that the university puts emphasis on placements, a shame that these are mostly business based regardless of the course you are on; placements offered at the university are only paid if they are business/marketing placements, and lab placements are almost always unpaid. Almost no funding of societies, they rely on membership fees for everything. Almost no arts societies, such as drama, poetry, art, and music society is massively underfunded with one small practice room as its only designated room in the whole university. Overall, academic side is excellent but societies and events run by the union leaves a lot to be desired. But as Aston is a city centre campus university, it's not as important, as there is so much to do in Birmingham to make up for lack of societies and in terms of nightlife.
I liked the size of the campus and student population. There were c.13,000 students when I did my Masters in 99/00. There was a real community feel. The uni is within walking distance to the city centre giving choice to stay on campus for the usual student partying or going into town. There are lots of sports to get involved in - I joined the hockey team. There are lots of clubs/societies to take advantage of to have fun and meet people.
Albeit small, this university has a lot to offer! Lovely campus where everything is a stones throw away. There are a lot of activities and clubs and as a whole you really get the sense of being part of a community! The accomdation is great value and the placements and graduate jobs that the university can link you up with are amazing!
Don't let how small the university is put you off. It's a great community, almost like a large family. Everything to close so you don't have to walk far, and overall it is a very modern and environmentally friendly campus! The placement years offered here are fantastic and really set you up perfect for a good paying graduate job!
It's such a friendly university that's a close knit community. There's a lot of clubs and activities to get involved in and the placements it offers for its students are great. There's high prospects of getting a great graduate job when you go to this university.
Being such a small university means we have become a tight-knit community at Aston, but by no means do we do things on a small scale. The opportunities available, both academic and social, are plentiful and there is something for everyone.
Being a small uni really has its benefits. We're a tight-knit community at Aston where everyone knows everyone. There are loads of opportunities available, both academic and social, so there is always something for people with almost any interest to get involved with.
If you want to have a great time at Aston you can, all you need to do is open yourself up to opportunities rather than hide yourself away and not try anything out. The employability rate is great, everyone is friendly and helpful and the campus is so green and nice. Within the business school the lectures can be too large and impersonal but the VLE is very helpful.
One of the most homely and amazing campuses. Great nightlife, lots to explore in Birmingham and so many societies to enjoy. Accomodation a bit expensive but other than the the cost of living is ideal for any student!!