10 Facts About Aston University


In 2020, Aston University was named "University of the Year" by The Guardian, and the newspaper awarded Aston Students' Union its "Buildings That Inspire" award.

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In September 2021, Aston was shortlisted for University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2021.

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Origins of Aston University are a School of Metallurgy formed in the Birmingham and Midland Institute in 1875.

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Car manufacturer Aston Martin took one part of its name from the nearby Aston University combining it with that of its co-founder Lionel Martin.

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The motto of the Aston University is the same as that of the City of Birmingham – Forward.

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In October 2014, Aston University announced plans to launch Aston University Medical School in October 2015.

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In July 2017, Aston became the first University in the UK to have degree apprenticeship graduates.

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In 2016, to mark the 50th anniversary of the University, Her Majesty's College of Arms granted the favour of supporters to Aston University's arms, following a request from the Vice-Chancellor, Julia King, the Baroness Brown of Cambridge.

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The squirrel is the crest of the arms of Aston University Manor and is a rebus.

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For example, in the 2021 Guardian University Guide Aston are ranked 11th in the UK for 'Continuation' which measures the proportion of students that drop-out of University following their first year.

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