Birmingham is a global centre for business, commerce and industry. The city is home to numerous UK, merchant and overseas banks, over 500 law firms and Europe’s second largest insurance market. The UK’s top accountancy and management consultancy firms have their largest offices outside London here, and the city has a thriving small enterprise community.
Birmingham is by far the UK’s largest manufacturing and engineering centre, employing over 100,000 people and contributing billions to the national economy. In the public sector, Birmingham is home to three universities, major medical centres of excellence and employs thousands of people in national and local government.
Our strong links with business and industry benefit our students. Our courses are professionally relevant and leading businessmen and women often come to Aston to share their knowledge and experience through guest lectures.
Aston has a long established relationship with the Birmingham Science Park, located right next to campus. The park is home to almost 100 companies, most of which have a technical or scientific focus. Their work ranges from forensics to new media, photonics to medical research.
There are fantastic opportunities for our students to build valuable business networks and contacts whilst at Aston, and many secure placement years or graduate jobs right here in Birmingham. Such great opportunities are not so readily available at universities in smaller cities or on out-of-town campuses.
Birmingham is the UK’s fourth most visited city by foreign visitors.
Birmingham has developed a reputation as ‘Europe’s Meeting Place’, attracting over 40% of the UK’s total conference trade.
In 2007 Birmingham was named as one of the top three places in the UK to locate a business (Cushman & Wakefield, commercial real estate service).