Published on 26/06/2023
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•    Aston University is ranked 446th in the 2024 QS World University Rankings
•    This represents a rise of 118 places compared to last year
•    It places Aston University in the top 30% of global universities in the QS ranking. 

Aston University is ranked 446th in the 2024 QS World University Rankings, improving its position by 118 places compared to last year. 

The latest rankings, released on 27 June, also see the University ranked 46th in United Kingdom.

The QS World University Rankings is the most-widely read university rankings in the world. This latest analysis, which evaluated 2963 institutions in 104 locations, places the University in the top 30 per cent of ranked global universities.

The nine indicators used by QS to measure performance include academic reputation, citations per faculty, employer reputation, employment outcomes, faculty student ratio, international faculty, international research network, international students and sustainability. 

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, said:

“I am delighted to see that Aston University has improved its position in the QS World University Rankings in the context of an increasingly competitive global education environment.  This result reflects exceptional contributions of our leaders, faculty, students and staff across the University, and I thank them for all their efforts.

“As we prepare to launch our new 2030 strategy this September, this improvement in our global ranking connects directly with one of our key strategic objectives to elevate our ambition and enhance our global reputation.”

QS Senior Vice President, Ben Sowter, said: 

“The 2024 QS World University Rankings represents a major step in the evolution of the exercise, marking the most significant innovation in its methodological paradigm since its inception two decades ago. 

“More than ever, it aligns with Gen Z and Alpha priorities, providing institutions with a unique lens through which to assess their performance in areas paramount to shaping a brighter future for generations to come.”

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About Aston University
Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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