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Aston University welcomes national Admissions Conference

9 January 2006 – for immediate release

200 teachers and careers advisors from across the UK were at Aston University on Friday 5 January for one of the largest events of its kind.

The University’s 12th 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, student finance, admissions tests and trends in graduate employment. There was also an opportunity for delegates to hear about student life and the latest subject developments at Aston. The conference was opened with a keynote address by Aston’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia King, on the benefits of a University education.

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 regional schools and a programme of lectures and workshops specifically for NAGTY.

James Seymour, Head of Schools and Colleges Liaison 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. There’s no doubt that Aston is a popular university, having seen applications rise again this year*. The University is going from strength to strength with top 20 rankings in both major UK University league tables* and an excellent graduate employment record.’

Dan Gurr of Regent College in Leicester also said: ‘The event has been very interesting. Aston University has certainly presented itself in a positive light today as a caring, forward thinking institution. As a Careers Co-ordinator in a Sixth Form College, I am more than glad to recommend Aston to our students.’

Mrs Julie Wheway, from Highfields School, Wolverhampton said: ‘This is the first admissions conference I have attended and I’ve found it extremely useful. We have been provided with a lot of information that would have taken a long time to collect ourselves.’

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Notes to editors

*NAGTY – Aston is a partner in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth.

Early indications suggest that UCAS applications to Aston University have increased for 2007 entry by around 15 per cent compared to 2006, and over 30 per cent compared to 2004. Figures will be released to the press from UCAS for all UK courses and Universities in February 2007.

Aston is ranked 13th out of all 110 UK Universities in the Times University Guide 2007 and 19th out of 120 UK Universities in the Guardian 2007 rankings.

From left to right: Tony Charlton (UCAS), Hilary White (Hereford Sixth Form College), Marion Stroud (Hereford Sixth Form College), Stewart Comfort (Aston University), John Saunders (Aston University), and Jim Clulee (Solihull Sixth Form College).

Picture taken by Huw Meredith

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