UK Quality Mark granted to Aston University

Aston shines in university rankings

17 July 2015

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Aston University following its review in April 2015.  

A team of QAA reviewers visited the Aston University and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations. 

The review identifies a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • comprehensive input from outside the University to the student curriculum
  • the University's systematic and proactive approach to raising the aspirations of under-represented groups to engage with higher education and the University.


The review also highlights the opportunities for students' learning brought about by the University's integrated approach to work placements. 

The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example:

  • to work with students to ensure that they are effectively represented
  • to develop systems that allow students to become active partners in academic quality assurance and enhancement.

An Aston University spokesperson said: 'We are delighted that QAA has endorsed the quality of Aston University's provision. It indicates to UK and international students that the University meets national requirements for standards and quality and recognises key areas of good practice. 

'An action plan responding to the recommendations and setting out plans to capitalise on the identified good practice will be developed in partnership with the Aston University Students' Union over the next few months, and will made available on the University's website.' 

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education. 

The team that reviewed the Aston University included Dr Terrence Clifford-Amos (formerly Canterbury Christ Church University), Professor John Feather (University of Loughborough), Emeritus Professor, Dr Ian Giles (University of Southampton), and Kate Wicklow (student reviewer from University of London). 

A successful review means that the University can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the University meets national requirements for standards and quality.

QAA HER Action Plan 2015

QAA Higher Education Review of Aston University (2015)

 For more information, please contact Joanna Wynn, Media Relations Officer, j.wynn@qaa.ac.uk, tel 01452 557074.