Timeline

 

Milestones to university status

1875 
We started life as the School of Metallurgy, part of the Birmingham & Midland Institute. The Institute played a leading role in introducing scientific and technical education to people of all backgrounds in Birmingham, and set the scene for how Aston University would evolve.  

1895  
We gain independence from the Birmingham & Midland Institute to become the Birmingham Municipal Technical School. We teach chemistry, physics, metallurgy and electrical engineering.

1927 
We evolve to become the Birmingham Central Technical College, and now teach additional subjects such as botany and commercial classes. 

1933 
The Gosta Green site is acquired, and is home to our new additions – the College of Commerce, and the College of Arts and Crafts. 

1955 
We become the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology, which is opened by Queen Elizabeth II. 

1966 
Aston University receives its royal charter from Queen Elizabeth II.

1997
In February 1997 the Privy Council approved the change in name from the University of Aston in Birmingham to Aston University.
 

A new chapter...

 
2007
The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) is founded, providing practical bioenergy solutions by using waste to produce sustainable energy. 

EBRI

2010
The Aston Brain Centre, one of the leading brain imaging research facilities in the world, opens its doors. 

Brain centre

2012
Aston University is the lead sponsor of the new Aston University Engineering Academy, which educates 14-19 year olds in engineering. 

AUEA

2014
Aston Medical School is founded. Offering 40 per cent of its places to students from disadvantaged communities, it is one of the UK’s most socially inclusive medical schools.

AMS 

2017
Aston becomes the first university in the UK to have degree apprenticeship graduates. 

graduate

2019
A first of its kind in the world, the Institute of Forensic Linguistics is created to improve the delivery of justice through analysis of language. 

Data bank