Published on 29/01/2024
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Aston University announces partnership with global online education provider OES

•    Aston Online programmes will be available from September 2024
•    Courses range from Business to Computer Science
•    OES is a market leader in online higher education. 

Aston University has formed a new partnership with leading online education provider Online Education Services (OES) to offer a range of 100% online degrees to students globally. 

The Aston Online partnership will allow UK and international students from all over the world to study for an Aston University degree. 

The programmes will cater to the global online learner, featuring a student-centric, flexible study model that empowers learners to achieve their academic goals alongside professional and personal commitments.

OES is a market leader in online education, with over 12 years’ experience across its partnerships with world leading higher education institutions in Australia and the UK. To date, they have supported over 100,000 students globally. 

Starting from September 2024, online students will be able to join Aston University’s global community and study from a portfolio of eighteen undergraduate and postgraduate degrees selected to meet high-demand jobs and address skills gaps locally, nationally and globally. 

The portfolio will span all three of Aston University’s academic colleges, from computer science and cybersecurity to psychology and public health, as well as the Aston MBA. 

Details of all programmes and their availability can be found on the Aston University website.

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

“Both Aston University and OES are committed to creating a global student community and providing innovative and flexible learning opportunities to meet learners’ needs in a rapidly changing world of work.

"This strategic partnership will bring some of our leading degree programmes to global regions. OES’s experience and sector-leading expertise in providing high quality online learning will assist us in our ambition to establish a leading omni-channel academic portfolio in line with the Aston 2030 strategy.  Our partnership will create new jobs in Birmingham within a new online education hub, housed in Aston University’s John Cadbury House.”

Denice Pitt, Chief Executive Officer of OES, said: 

“We are delighted to be partnering with Aston University on our shared vision for innovative, quality online education that delivers an engaging student experience and future employability outcomes.  

“We look forward to establishing our local team in Birmingham and welcoming our first group of students in September.”

Photo caption (L-R) OES Chief Growth Officer Guy Maine, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University Professor Aleks Subic (seated), OES Chief Academic Officer Sue Kokonis, OES Executive Director, Student Experience and Insights Sacha Nouwens, Chief Executive Officer of OES Denice Pitt (seated), Chief Operating Officer Matt Parker. 

Notes to editors

Details of all programmes and their availability can be found on the Aston University website 

About Aston University
For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.
Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.
Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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