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Aston shines in international student survey

Aston Campus

7 May 2014

Aston University has been rated first in the UK for the quality of its student accommodation and ranked third for overall living experience, according to a new study. 

The International Student Barometer (ISB) survey showed that 93.7% of the University’s international students were satisfied with the condition of their living quarters, the top score in the country. 

More than nine out of ten non-UK students surveyed were also happy with their overall living experience, a reflection not only of the cost and quality of their accommodation but also how much they enjoyed their campus surroundings and Birmingham in general. The ISB reported satisfaction at 94.8%. 

The positive reaction registered by the ISB comes in the wake of a £300m investment into Aston’s campus. The project introduced new sports facilities, including an 11-a-side all weather sports pitch, a revamped library, new research centres for health and low carbon technologies and over 3,000 en-suite rooms. 

International Development Director, Wendy Yip, said: "We have always placed a strong emphasis on providing a great student experience and it is wonderful to have such positive feedback from our students.That doesn't mean we intend to stop listening and improving where we can, though. We are determined to improve further and hopefully we will do even better in the next ISB survey."

The ISB also highlighted that:

  • 91.6% of respondents stated they were satisfied with their overall University experience, including the quality of teaching and learning materials provided
  • Over 88% of those surveyed declared they would recommend the University to others while the quality of Careers Advice was judged to be the second best in the country
  • More than 93% of respondents felt that Aston helped them upon their arrival in the UK, with financial advice offered and social activities organised particularly appreciated

The ISB is a worldwide study of international students, with feedback received from 143,952 students in 178 institutions across 13 countries.  It reveals levels of student satisfaction in ‘core’ areas of university experience and is conducted by the International Graduate Insight Group. 

The independent survey allows participating institutions to be compared against one another as well as national and international standards. In the UK, 53 universities took part in this year’s survey. 

Aston University is a truly global institution. Out of the 9,500 students at Aston, 3,000 are international students from 139 countries. 

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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