University of the year 2020


Aston University has been named '‘University of the Year’' by The Guardian.

The prestigious accolade comes just weeks after we rose to number 30 in the rankings of The Guardian University Guide 2021 – a league table that focuses on student satisfaction, graduate employment, and quality of teaching. In making this award, the judges considered key criteria including:


Highly paid graduates

Aston graduates are among the highest paid in the country, ranked 15th for earnings 5 years after graduation, with a median salary of £33,200 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020).


Closing attainment gaps

More than half the students (59%) achieving a 1st or 2:1 at Aston were from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in 2018/19 – the highest proportion in the sector (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018/19).



Green campus

With a strong commitment to embedding sustainability, Aston is one of the ‘greenest’ universities in the UK and is in the top 10 of the People and Planet University Green League, 2019.


Retention of students

Aston has one of the best retention levels in the sector, on a par with many highly-selective universities.

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"Aston came top of the measure this year thanks to its sustained improvement in the Guardian University Guide, along with its commitment to sustainability and a focus on enabling students from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve their potential including graduate employability.”

-Rachel Hall, Universities Editor at The Guardian