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Aston facts

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Monday’s (13 June) Universities Week theme revolves around the celebration of universities as the heart of the UK education system by highlighting the extensive knowledge that universities hold and how it influences UK society.


Universities throughout the UK have submitted a selection of ‘facts’ they teach on their courses. These will be compiled into an online application called FactShare. Each time you visit the Universities Week website you will be presented with a randomly generated fact – you can then share your new gem of information via Facebook or Twitter.

Aston has submitted a whole array of facts to Universities UK for the national FactShare – keep an eye out to see which are used! However, we wanted to let you have a sneak preview of our ‘Aston facts’…

Did you know that?:

  • The stress associated with dieting without group support leads to impairments in memory and the ability to concentrate.
    (Dr Michael Green, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University)

  • Part of the supposed beneficial effects of glucose and caffeine on mental performance is an expectancy effect of whether people actually believe they are ingesting them.
    (Dr Michael Green, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University)

  • The eye and brain are so intimately connected that your optometrist can determine the approximate location of a life-threatening brain tumour with tests that are no more sophisticated than those that s/he would normally use during a routine eye examination.
    (Dr Mark Dunne, Optometry, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University)

  • If capital markets (banks) were able to improve their ability to allocate and monitor debt by 10% then UK productivity would rise by 6%.
    (Professor Nigel Driffield, Aston Business School, Aston University)

  • An increase of 10% in measured globalization (trade and FDI) would lead to an increase in the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers by 6% i.e. globalisation increases significantly the returns to education.
    (Professor Nigel Driffield, Aston Business School, Aston University)

  • It takes 2,000 litres of water to make a litre of milk.
    (Professor Tony Bridgwater, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University)

  • It takes 24,000 litres of water to make 1 kg steak.
    (Professor Tony Bridgwater, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University)

  • Approximately two-thirds of technology-based small and medium-sized firms in the UK access knowledge from overseas sources.
    (Dr Hiro Izushi, Aston Business School, Aston University)

  • Family firms are not just the dominant form of organisation in emerging markets, their presence is also significant in developed economies. In the UK family businesses account for about 75% of all businesses.
    (Dr Sumon Bhaumik, Aston Business School, Aston University)

  • In France and its overseas territories, beside the official language, the French still speak 75 regional languages or dialects (and produce around 400 sorts of cheese!).
    (Dr Nathalie Mrgudovic, School of Languages & Social Sciences, Aston University)

  • There are more microbial cells in our bodies than there are human cells! In fact 95% of all the cells in the body are bacteria - there are more bacteria in the colon than the total number of people who have ever lived.
    (Dr Anthony Hilton, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University)

  • Everyone has about 1 kg in weight of bacteria in their gut, each gram of faeces contains 100,000,000,000 microbes, and human adults excrete their own weight in faecal bacteria every year.
    (Dr Anthony Hilton, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University)

  • Asymmetrical people are better leaders.
    (Dr Carl Senior, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University)

  • Scam emails purportedly from African presidents etc. asking for assistance in a money transfer originated in Nigeria are known as '419s', the paragraph of the penal code that covers fraud.
    (Dr Stephanie Decker, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University)

  • Studying a language or working or studying abroad strongly increases your ability to operate in intercultural groups.
    (Professor Helen Higson, Aston University)

  • Undertaking an integrated placement year as part of your degree increases your chances if getting a graduate job and improves your class if degree.
    (Professor Helen Higson, Aston University)

  • There are more non native speakers of English across the world than native speakers of English.
    (Dr Fiona Copland, School of Languages & Social Sciences, Aston University)

  • Every year, more and more countries are introducing English learning from the time children first begin school.
    (Dr Fiona Copland, School of Languages & Social Sciences, Aston University)

  • There is a crater on the moon called Birmingham.
    (Dr Muna Morris-Adams, School of Languages & Social Sciences, Aston University)

  • Birmingham has 6 million trees and more parks than any other European city.
    (Dr Muna Morris-Adams, School of Languages & Social Sciences, Aston University)

  • Birmingham has the largest public library in Europe, lending a staggering 8 million books a year.
    (Dr Muna Morris-Adams, School of Languages & Social Sciences, Aston University)

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