Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Professor Julia King became Vice-Chancellor of the University in 2006.

Aston University is based in the centre of Birmingham, home to over 65,000 students and one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities.

Our friendly and safe 40 acre campus houses all the University's academic, social and accommodation facilities for our 9,500 students.

We are ranked 13th out of 113 UK Universities by the 2010 Complete University Guide, and 19th in the Guardian rankings 2010, confirming our place amongst the elite of UK Universities. We also have an outstanding reputation for helping our graduates secure good jobs, with 82% finding graduate level employment within six months of graduation, compared to a national average of less than 70% (2007 and 2008 graduates). 

This success placed Aston 9th out of all 120 UK Universities for this variable in the 2008-9 Sunday Times University Guide

Aston offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and also works with the public and private sector to develop tailored Continuing Professional Development and Foundation Degree programmes

The Academy uses the successful experience of Aston University in developing a broad range of first and foundation degrees, work-based accreditation and industry-specific qualifications; areas in which the University is a world leader. This will ensure that Academy students are fully aware of all the routes and opportunities available in the specialist disciplines, Students will also acquire the softer skills needed in the world of work, for example good presentational and communication skills, ability to manage time and task and personal qualities such as enthusiasm , passion, enterprise, imagination, and lively thinking.

The Academy is uniquely placed to be supported in the specialist disciplines by Aston University and its students in developing additional teaching programmes, master classes, demonstrations, involvement in real tasks commissioned by real industries, outstanding mentoring and role models. This is a unique opportunity to engage, challenge and excite the Academy’s students. The proposal to teach MFL programmes through Aston University’s Faculty of Languages and Social Sciences is an example of how the Academy will use and benefit from its unique partnership with the University (Appendix B).

Aston University’s links with industry and employers, together with the Academy’s own Partners, offer a unique opportunity to engage Academy students in industry, with work-based role models, in real tasks, real experiences (including work experience) and unrivalled career guidance. The role which industry and employers could play in helping shape the curriculum and the learning experiences of Academy students cannot, at this stage, be calculated, the limit will be time and imagination only; however vocational learning opportunities will make a significant contribution to students’ learning.

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The students combine hand and mind to learn in a very practical way, integrating national curriculum requirements with the technical and vocational elements. The college ethos and curriculum is heavily influenced by local and national employers who also provide support and work experience for students.