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Who we are, what we do

Aston University has its origins in the Birmingham Municipal Technical School established in 1895. In 1956 it became the first designated College of Advanced Technology. In 1966 it received its Charter as a university. In conjunction with the City of Birmingham and Lloyds Bank plc, the University established the Aston Science Park in 1982.

Aston is an international centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy, focused on subjects of professional and vocational relevance in the sciences, engineering, business and the humanities. It attracts eminent scholars and outstanding students from a global recruitment market.


Information is published on the website about the University's legal and regulatory framework and its management structure and organisation. Academic Schools and most administrative departments publish information regularly via School and Departmental webpages which can be accessed via the A-Z index.

The contact details of most University employees are publicly available from several places on the University's website. The simplest way to find information about individual members of staff is via the list of Schools and Departments or by using the website's search function.

Information about the University's location, campus and physical layout is published electronically. 

The University has many links with public and private organisations including government and regulatory bodies, sponsors, professional groups, and local, national and international businesses. These links change as partnerships and associations are renewed or discontinued. To find information about a particular partner or sponsor use the search facility on the University's home page.

We maintain a list of companies owned by the University which is available on request.

The names of company officers, information describing the company's principal activities and the most recent company accounts sent to Companies House are available in paper format on application.

Information about Aston University student activities is published by the Students' Union and can be accessed from the Union's website.