I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aston. I was given the freedom in my course to learn about things I find interesting and had the opportunity to develop workplace research-specific skills that will benefit me in my future career. Living in the center of Birmingham also allowed me to explore a different city and get to know more about other cultures helping me to grow as a person.
Work placements are commonplace at Aston and the support from the careers and placements team is great.
Lecturers are accessible through email and appointments and make themselves available to help you with anything you're struggling with or direct you to someone who can. The incorporation of laboratory-based modules provides invaluable experience that undergraduates at other universities might not have, they really help to put the theory you learn in other lectures into practice and solidify learning. The style of lectures is very relaxed and interactive, questions are welcomed and the topics we learn about are relevant to current research, making them more interesting. Lecturers are also open to suggestions about topic content and final year seminars are a collaborative effort between student and staff to ensure we are learning about things we find interesting.
Improved as of 2019, there has been an increase in student involvement and you actually feel like you can make a difference through the SU.
The majority of the accommodation surrounding Aston University is student-style accommodation owned by private companies e.g. unite students. My experience has been very good, maintenance issues are fixed quickly and they are very secure, often with multiple key-locked doors into the accommodation and on-site security guards. They are quite expensive, but essentially the same cost as living further out of the center and paying for travel into university/car parking everyday.
Aston University is right in the center of Birmingham and so is within walking distance of essentially everything.
There are many societies available.
The support offered by the university is great both academically and personally. Lecturers are always accessible and provide feedback on coursework, exams and other queries. On the neuroscience course, tutors are often also people that lecture you and so you can develop a great relationship with them. Personal support is also good at Aston, there is a focus on mental and physical wellbeing and this is promoted openly by the students union.
Sometimes I go to Uni just to have on lecture
I live far from uni
It’s been okay, difficult to adjust as I’ve moved from quite far. Managing finances was difficult, still searching for a job. Definitely try and avoid spending loads of food on take out and learn to cook
Like the way the modules are split. Don’t like the long days.
Sometimes I go to uni fast to have one lecture
I live far from uni
On the whole, I have enjoyed the experience here at Aston. There have been a couple of module which fell short of my expectations, but these have been notable exceptions to an otherwise positive experience.
There is a dedicated team to support career development, who are helpful and enthusiastic.
Some variation across modules can be a little frustrating. Would like to see more integration of technology, and greater focus on using the types of software and systems that are used in the professional environment rather than dedicated HE systems.
Yes. Located just outside of the city centre, so it is ideal for transport and local shops, bards and restaurants.
Good. I'd personally like an archery club, but that might be difficult logistically
Support on the whole is very good. Availaibility of academic staff is good. The dedicated Learning Development Centre are extremely good at helping with essay structure and academic writing, and very supportive at helping me to attain higher levels.
Been great so far, too early to say much. My experience with my course has been amazing and I am excited for what's yet to come. The university is at a good location where everything is so close and easy to access.
Offers work placements
Lectures and seminars are separate and we are given a chance to express our views on a certain topic in seminars which is great.
I think the Student Union has great facilities for everyone regardless of their disability, race, gender etc.
Decent but it is a old building
Fairly close. Town right around the corner. Loads of local shops around.
Huge variety of societies/sports for everyone.
As a final year student I can honestly say I’ve loved my university experience. I always knew I wanted to come to Aston University, and I definitely made the right choice. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed my university experience as much as I have, anywhere else.
I came to Aston because of their emphasis on placements. After coming here, I have found that the careers and placements department is great and providing support to students to help them find a placement or job, and the fact that you can use the careers and placements service for three years after you graduate is amazing.
I like that I have so much flexibility in terms of modules, I have few core modules and the rest is up to me, so I can tailor it as much as I like.
The new students union is so nice and it’s such a great place to hang out in and de-stress. They run loads of activities and events to get stuck into too
The facilities are really good, especially the new students union building. The sports centre is also very impressive
The location is perfect in the sense that it’s so close to the city centre so there’s tons of shops and transport links
The sports centre is amazing and there’s so many sports societies to join
I love that it’s so easy to schedule an appointment to see tutors and lecturers and they’re always so happy to help, it helps to see that even though you’re not in school and being spoon fed anymore, the support is available should you need it.
my experience of university so far has been fairly enjoyable. I am proud to be a student of Aston University. I have made some good friends and contacts within the university.
We have a careers and placements centre, an online careers portal, the university encourages everyone to take a placement year, workshops and employability sessions all year round
I like the way a lot of my course has been taught so far. I like tutorials/seminars, however I do not like assessments being based on group work.
The new SU is fantastic, very modern and a fun place to be. The students who run the SU seem great and friendly.
the universities facilities are very good, and continue to get better every year
Yes. Accommodation is on campus. A lot of restaurants etc are around the area, with the city centre being a 10 minute walk
There are a lot of sports and societies on campus to participate in.
My tutors feedback hasn't been the greatest. However, I am aware of the other vast support available across the university.
I have enjoyed the experience of living away from home and learning new things.
All courses do a placement year which helps employability.
Lectures are really good, however only a small amount of contact time.
I think for a smaller uni the SU is active and engages with students.
University provides all that is needed for the course.
It's a good area, not as active.
Aston has a wide variety of clubs.
Don't use a lot of the support but know it's available.
Pretty good, definitely glad I went to this uni.
Lots of workshops, placement year.
New SU is nice.
Good location, safe.
Most are pretty good, though some are a little old, and the main building is hard to navigate.
Right in the middle of everything.
Loads of variety of clubs and societies.
Don't really use it that much so not sure to be honest.