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About this university
Aston University is a public research university in the Gosta Green area of Birmingham. It began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895 and became the first elite College of Advanced Technology in 1956. It received a royal charter in 1966 from Queen Elizabeth II. The university is a member of a number of groups including the European University Association and Universities UK.
Students travel from some 130 countries around the world to study at the university. This means there is plenty of help and assistance on hand for those travelling from outside the UK. There is free advice and assistance with a range of immigration and visas issues as well as help for those with changing circumstances and those wishing to bring their family with them. There are also preparatory programs in place covering English language to assist those for whom it isnâ€™t a first language. There is also assistance on hand with student accommodation and other matters relating to integrating with their new community as well as meeting up with others from their own cultural background. Aston Studentsâ€™ Union is the representative of the students while they are attending the university. They provide a range of clubs and societies as well as Welfare Services and are partially funded by a number of commercial services. The Union Building covers some five floors and is at the heart of the main campus. These include a Union Shop offering snacks, stationary and other essentials as well as the B4 BAR, a great place for a drink as well as hosting numerous events during the year. There is also The Loft, a social study space on the 2nd floor of the building with an IT suite with Presentations. Clubs and societies come under the sub-heading of the Student Activities office, a small team who organise the 34 sports clubs and over 100 societies that students can get involved with during their time at Aston. There is also an Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) available to help students on a wide range of subject from academic matters to housing issues and even health and wellbeing topics.
The main campus is a 60 acre site that was originally home to the Birmingham Municipal Technical School and is home to over 3,000 students as well as a variety of amenities including a gym, library, swimming pool, restaurants and places of worship. The library is a four story building with over 250,000 books that is open 24 hours a day for students during term time. Student accommodation on campus numbers some 3,000 places and all are en-suite. There were originally three tower blocks forming accommodation but they have been demolished in recent years and replaced with new buildings. There is also the Lakeside complex, home to around 650 students that has worn awards for Best Public Building. Aston Studentpad is the place where students can get help and advice on any matters relating to their accommodation at the university.
There are courses available from this university with the following field of studies:
- - Accounting and finance
- - Finance
- Business and management studies
- - Business analysis and management
- - Business and human resource management
- - Entrepeneurship and management
- - International and cross cultural management
- - MBA
- Computer sciences and IT
- Health sciences
- - Translating and Interpreting
- - Marketing
- Medicine and surgery
- - Politics and International Relations
- Teacher training and education