Published on 15/11/2020
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  • New partnership launched with Cambridge Education Group
  • ‘ONCAMPUS Aston’ will give hundreds of international students access to an Aston degree
  • International students will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement

Aston University has launched a new partnership with Cambridge Education Group’s ONCAMPUS to create an embedded international pathway centre. The new centre will help hundreds of international students every year to gain access to a university degree, by developing their academic research and writing skills, introducing them to the foundations of their subjects and improving their English language proficiency.

Aston University is the latest addition to Cambridge Education Group’s ONCAMPUS pathways portfolio, which has partnerships with 22 leading universities across mainland UK, Europe and the US. ONCAMPUS Aston will be based on Aston University’s Birmingham city centre campus and will offer international students the first step in pursuing their studies in the UK.

The partnership represents a commitment on the part of Aston University to international students, which will result in more students from around the world choosing to live, study and work in the West Midlands.

International students will have the opportunity to study a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Aston University through ONCAMPUS Aston including business, finance, engineering, the health professions and law and will be welcoming students on campus from September 2021.

Aston University is one of the largest providers of courses with an integrated placement year, with 73% of undergraduate Aston students taking up the opportunity to spend a year in industry, where they can develop their workplace skills and make professional connections.

Aston University was recently shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurial University’ award. Aston Business School is ranked in the top 100 globally for business and management studies by QS and has been shortlisted by THE for ‘Business School of the Year’.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, says:
“Our partnership with Cambridge Education Group's ONCAMPUS to run pathway programmes at Aston University will provide students all over the world with access to an Aston degree. It will help them to successfully transition to the University and adapt to university life here in Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. Students will have the opportunity to develop a core understanding of their chosen subject area, develop critical academic skills, improve their English language proficiency and prepare to start their study journey at Aston.

“Aston students learn in a multicultural environment and we believe that they will be better prepared for their future careers by sharing their classrooms with students from all over the world. We have a longstanding reputation as a university which achieves high levels of employment for our graduates and our collaboration with Cambridge Education Group will enhance this.”

Brendan Webb, co-CEO of Cambridge Education Group, says:
“Partnering with Aston University is an incredibly exciting development for Cambridge Education Group. Aston has a wide range of enviable industry-placement opportunities which will advantage students in a competitive graduate job market. We are proud to support international students to develop their academic and professional skills in a modern, employment-focused University in the heart of one of the UK’s most vibrant and multi-cultural cities.”




Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.

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