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Aston University’s student intake increase highest outside of London

Aston University Campus

23 January 2014

Aston University’s student intake has increased by 41% - the highest growth in acceptances outside of London. 

The 2013 intake figures, released by UCAS today, show a 41% increase in full-time UK students accepting places at Aston compared to 2011. It is the second highest increase at any university in the UK behind only Birkbeck, University of London, which specialises in part-time and evening courses. 

The UCAS report on 2013 acceptance numbers also indicates Aston’s intake grew by 20% compared to 2012 statistics – highlighting year-on-year growth. The report recently featured in the Times Higher Education.

Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said: “We believe our excellence in teaching, investment in our campus facilities, and strong student support and employability records have all proved successful in attracting new high quality applicants. Our balance of high graduate employability and a high quality student experience are also making Aston such a popular choice for prospective students.” 

Our balance of high graduate employability and a high quality student experience are also making Aston such a popular choice for prospective students

Aston has continued to raise entry standards of its courses, and it is the second year running that enrolments have increased. Initiatives such as the Aston Excellence Scholarship have been introduced to support high quality student applications. 

Recent multi-million pound campus investments include a refurbished sports centre, 1,000 new ensuite student bedrooms and extended library facilities. 

More than 60 per cent of Aston students opt to take a year’s work experience as part of their degrees, a tradition at the institution which stretches back over 50 years. 

A recent graduate market study found that over half of the companies featured in the Times Top 100 Employers expressed a preference for graduates with prior work experience. 

Applications to Aston for 2014 entry are up again on last year’s numbers.

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk