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Aston hosts national admissions conference

11 January 2006 – for immediate release

Teachers and careers advisors from across the UK were at Aston University on Friday 6 January for one of the largest events of its kind in the UK.

The University’s annual Admissions Conference enabled secondary and further education employees to share good practice with Aston University staff and hear about the latest developments in higher education that may impact on their work. Topics discussed included league tables and performance indicators and trends in graduate employment. There was also an opportunity for delegates to hear about student life and the latest subject developments at Aston.

Participants could also receive advice and guidance about how they can make the most of the national Aimhigher and NAGTY* initiatives for their students. Aston has a very successful programme of widening participation events which include masterclasses with local schools and a programme of lectures and workshops specifically for NAGTY.

Stewart Comfort, Director of Student Recruitment at Aston said: ‘This annual event is a great opportunity for teachers and careers advisers to get together and discuss some of the latest developments that will impact on admissions and applications procedures for higher education. We are both pleased and proud to host this event again this year. There’s no doubt that Aston is a popular university, having seen a 28% increase in applications in 2005*, but we warmly welcome students from all parts of the UK and beyond with a wide range of qualifications.’

Mel Colley, from Warwickshire College, was one of the delegates at the conference. He said: This is becoming a ‘must attend’ event each year. The programme is varied and the speakers are experts in their field. The world of higher education admissions is constantly changing and updates on such topics as the UCAS Admissions system and student finance are essential for the appropriate staff in schools and colleges. Aston University’s campus is surprisingly attractive on the edge of a bustling city. The impression given is of relatively small and friendly university with an enviable graduate employment record. I shall certainly recommend students to apply.’

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