Student Data


Admissions Data
Office for Students Transparency Information

The Office for Students requires the University to publish information about student attainment.

The information published on these pages shows:

The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us. It shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socioeconomic background.

Aston University context

Aston University has demonstrated a long standing, sustained commitment to supporting access and success for its students. The University continually challenges itself to conduct research into the causes of gaps at access and success, and provide evidence-based initiatives which address these. Our plans and targets are set out in our Access and Participation Plan, which can be accessed here: astonuniversity-app-2020-2025.pdf.

To see the transparency data below in the wider context of Aston University’s student body, it is important to note the following:

  • The majority of Aston University’s UK undergraduate students identify as BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) (74%).
  • Aston’s proportion of students from quintile 1 and 2 (the most deprived neighbourhoods according to the English Indices of Multiple Deprivation (EIMD)) has grown over the past 5 years, and Aston recruits more EIMD quintile 1 students than the sector average, with the proportion growing faster than the sector average.
  • Aston University’s biggest ‘intersectional’ student group is BAME and mixed ethnicity students from the two lowest EIMD quintiles (46% of our students).
  • Looking at data over a number of years, Aston University’s attainment gap between BAME and white students is steadily reducing and our Access and Participation Plan sets out our target to further reduce the gap.

Attainment gaps

Our transparency data suggest a BAME attainment gap, with fewer BAME students obtaining first and 2.1 classifications compared to their white counterparts. Our attainment gap is smaller than the sector average but we are not content with this. We are acutely aware of this issue and have conducted research into the causes of this, as well as carrying out initiatives to improve this situation. When looking at the rates of firsts and 2.1 classifications awarded by Aston University between 2010 and 2018 by ethnicity, the data show significant progress in closing this gap. Initiatives aimed at closing the BAME attainment gap include our Learning and Development Centre (which provides additional academic support to students) and an Office for Students funded project, ‘Levelling the playing field through work-based learning’ which encourages the take-up of work-based learning amongst BAME students. This is based on evidence that amongst students who take work placements, attainment gaps are much smaller (Moores, Birdi, Higson, 2017). We set out in our Access and Participation Plan targets to reduce attainment gaps year-on-year and detail the action we will take to achieve these reductions.

The University has committed to implementing the Universities UK framework for addressing the BAME attainment gap, and was involved in the development of the framework.

Our transparency data suggest an attainment gap between students from the most deprived neighbourhoods (EIMD quintile 1) and students from less deprived neighbourhoods. We are aware of this issue and our Access and Participation Plan sets out our target to reduce this gap, and which strategies we will adopt to achieve this, including our Learning Development Centre.

Transparency 2021 information: Attainment of 2019-20 qualifiers  
Provider: Aston University  
UKPRN: 10007759  
For details of non-numeric values in the following tables, please see the 'Rounding and suppression' worksheet  
Table 1a: Percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2019-20 qualifiers.  
CharacteristicCharacteristic splitPercentage
EIMD 2019 quintile1 and 284.8%
EIMD 2019 quintile3 to 588.1%


Transparency 2021 information: Attainment of 2019-20 qualifiers         
Provider: Aston University         
UKPRN: 10007759         
For details of non-numeric values in the following tables, please see the 'Rounding and suppression' worksheet         
Table 1b: Detailed information on attainment for 2019-20 qualifiers.         
Mode of StudyCharacteristicCharacteristic splitHeadcount of classified First Degrees awardedPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as first classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as upper second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as lower second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as third class / passHeadcount of unclassified First Degrees awardedHeadcount of other undergraduate awards
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile170035%50%10%0%N40
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile240035%55%10%0%N30
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile336035%50%10%0%NN
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile433040%55%5%0%NN
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile535050%45%10%DPN30
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintileN/A4045%45%10%DPNN
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintileUnknownNNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile130DP25%55%20%NN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile2NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile3NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile4NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile5NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintileN/ANNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintileUnknownNNNNNNN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile1NNNNNN/AN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile2NNNNNN/AN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile3NNNNNN/AN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile4NNNNNN/AN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile5NNNNNN/AN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintileN/ANNNNNN/AN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintileUnknownNNNNNN/AN
Transparency 2021 information: Rounding and suppression 
The data contained in the tables in this workbook have been rounded and suppressed as follows:
Numerators and denominators have been rounded to the nearest 10. Where the numerator or denominator rounds to 20 or less, the data are suppressed with an "N".
Percentages are rounded according to the smallest, unsuppressed denominator in a given mode and characteristic. If the denominator rounds to:
- 50 or less: percentages are rounded to 5%
- 1000 or less: percentages are rounded to 1%
- More than 1000: percentages are rounded to 0.1%
"N/A" is displayed where there is no provision in a given mode or level 
"DP" indicates suppression for data protection reasons. This is applied where the numerator is two or less, or differs from the denominator by no more than two students.