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Aston leads the Midlands!

17 February 2005

Aston leads the Midlands!

ONE of the region’s universities has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people applying for its courses that is over three times higher than the national average, according to official figures just released by the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Aston University received an excellent 29.10% rise in applications for its undergraduate courses against a UK average increase of 9.2%. Through UCAS, over 13,000 people have so far applies to study at Aston for entry in October 2005 for around 1,900 places, a ration of seven applications per place.

Aston’s increase is by far the largest gained by universities throughout the East and West Midlands. Birmingham and UCE are up by 9% and 13% respectively, Warwick is up by 0.3%, Wolverhampton up 1% and Loughborough up 12%. Both Nottingham and Leicester universities have seen a fall of 7% and 4% in applications.

Stewart Comfort, Head of Schools Liaison and Careers at Aston said: ‘This is fantastic news for Aston University, the bottom line is that we are consistently the UK’s top university for graduate employment, the quality of our research and teaching is world-class and our students tell is that Birmingham is a great place to live. This week’s figures are reflecting the fact that today’s students want a high quality education, excellent career prospects and a friendly, supportive university experience. Aston University fits these criteria perfectly.’

‘Most of our subject areas have experienced large increases in applications, with subjects such as Engineering, Sciences, Business, Languages and Psychology leading the field. Overall, we’re delighted with this high demand for our courses and will continue to operate the open, transparent admissions policies for which we are known to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance to study with us,’ he continued.

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Written by Sally Hoban. For further information please contact me on 0121 204 4552 or email: s.l.hoban@aston.ac.uk

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Source of information, UCAS’s website: www.ucas.ac.uk/new/index.html

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