Aston University

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Group.png Aston University  
HeadquartersBirmingham, England
Formerly the Birmingham Municipal Technical School

Aston University is a public research university situated in the city centre of Birmingham, England. Aston began as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895, evolving into the UK's first College of Advanced Technology in 1956.[1] Aston University received its royal charter from Queen Elizabeth II on 22 April 1966.

Aston pioneered the integrated placement year concept over 50 years ago,[2][3][4] and more than 73% of Aston students take a placement year, the highest percentage in the UK.[5]

In 2020, Aston University was named "University of the Year" by The Guardian[6] and the newspaper also awarded Aston Students' Union its "Buildings That Inspire" award.[7] The Times Higher Education Awards named Aston University as its "Outstanding Entrepreneurial University" in 2020.[8]


Alumni on Wikispooks

Paul Drayson5 March 1960Businessperson
Malcolm Harbour19 February 1947UKPoliticianA member of the European Parliament


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