14 February 2007 – for immediate release
Aston University in Birmingham has seen a large increase in the number of people applying for its courses according to official figures just released by the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Aston received an 8% rise in applications for its undergraduate courses against a UK average increase of 6.4%. Through UCAS, over 13,200 people have so far applied to study at Aston for entry in October 2007 for around 2,000 places, a ratio of 6.6 applications per place.
Aston’s increase is the largest gained by universities in Birmingham (Birmingham and Central England universities are up by 1.9% and 6.5% respectively).
Professor Graham Hooley, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor at Aston said: ‘This is fantastic news for Aston University. We are consistently amongst the UK's top universities for graduate employment success; we are the only University in Birmingham to be ranked in the UK's top 20 Universities in both the Times and Guardian league tables, and our students tell us that Birmingham is a great place to live.
‘This week's figures are reflecting the fact that students want a high quality education, excellent career prospects and a friendly, supportive university experience. Aston University fits these criteria perfectly.
’All of our subject areas have experienced increases in applications, with subjects such as Biological Sciences, Pharmacy and Optometry, Business, Social Sciences and Psychology leading the field.
’Overall, we are delighted with this high demand for our courses, and the high quality of the applications we have received, with many of our entry requirements increasing again this year,’ he continued.
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Source of information, UCAS website: www.ucas.ac.uk