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Aston’s success in university rankings

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18 May 2011 


Aston University has performed well in several recent global and UK ranking league tables and surveys, demonstrating it is a world class Institution despite strong sector competition.

In the Guardian University Guide 2012 Aston has been ranked 6th in the UK for Chemical Engineering, 7th for Electronic Engineering and 9th for Anatomy and Physiology – a  cluster of ‘top ten’ positions that  further enhance the reputation of the University.

In the ‘Complete University Guide’ Aston is ranked 25th out of 116 UK Universities – with some notable high points.

Aston is ranked 1st overall in ‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’ which includes Optometry, Audiology and some elements of Biology. This is the third year in a row that Aston has topped this ranking.

Aston is ranked 6th overall for ‘Pharmacy’.

In the key area of ‘Graduate Prospects’ Aston University is ranked 16th out of all UK universities. The result demonstrates Aston’s commitment to helping develop highly employable graduates and ensuring Aston students look to the future with confidence.

In the QS ‘Top Universities’ rankings, Aston is rated against other universities from around the world. As the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests there are as many as 9,000 institutions of higher education globally, this is a very large competitive set.

The QS findings highlight the strong reputation Aston has amongst employers, not just in the UK but in many other markets. Aston is ranked 86th globally for ‘Employer Reputation’, which  demonstrates yet again why Aston and Aston graduates are targeted by top employers year in year out.

The QS rankings also support the 2011 ‘High Fliers’ survey of the UK graduate market, which shows that leading UK employers expect to increase their graduate recruitment by 9.4 percent this year. It ranks Aston in the Top Twenty universities in terms of being targeted by the largest number of employers, across a wide range of sectors.

‘High Fliers’ warns that two thirds of recruiters are unlikely to recruit graduates with no previous work experience, and that over a third of this year’s entrants to graduate jobs will be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations – often through placements. Aston University has the market leading placement year programme.

The pioneering Aston placement year enables students to spend their third year outside university combining elements of study with working in business, industry or the professions. Placement programmes enhance employability skills and job prospects. The Aston placement programme has evolved each year since it was founded back in 1966 when Aston first gained University status.


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