Published on 27/09/2022


Aston University climbs to 22nd place in Guardian University Guide 2023
  • Aston University has risen three places to number 22 in the latest Guardian rankings
  • The University has climbed up the rankings by 29 places since 2018
  • It has also been named 2nd in the UK for health professions courses.

Aston University has risen three places in the Guardian’s annual league table of UK universities, being placed 22nd in the latest rankings published on 24 September. 

The Guardian University Guide ranks universities according to a number of factors, including teaching excellence, student satisfaction and career prospects.

It marks the fifth consecutive year of improvement for Aston University, up 29 places since 2018, and up three places on last year’s table. 

The University was named as second in the country for health professions courses which includes its BSc (hons) optometry and its four year MOptom optometry which allows students to achieve a masters degree as well as qualifying as a registered optometrist.

In addition, the University is placed fifth in the country for construction courses run within its College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. 

And the University’s international relations courses, which are based within its College of Business and Social Sciences, received a ranking of sixth in the country.

Overall, Aston University increased its ranking for career prospects with an increase of four places to 27. 
The league table now places the University as second in the West Midlands. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Aleks Subic said: “Aston University’s year-on-year improvements in the Guardian University Guide reflects the high-quality teaching and learning being conducted here, across our three colleges.

“Our overall ranking for career prospects highlights how Aston University is committed to developing graduates who excel in the workplace - something that both prospective students and employers value highly.”

“These rankings are a key determining factor for prospective students when choosing where they go to study, and they also demonstrate continued improvement in our educational endeavour.”

The University is opening its doors to prospective students at its undergraduate open day being held on Saturday 1 October.

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston University 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.

 Aston University is ranked 22 in 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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