The students, faculty, and administrators at Aston University are motivated by an unyielding drive to improve and grow continually. A testament to that dedication can be found in the newly-released Complete University Guide (CUG) 2020. Aston University soared 11 places from last year’s list to be ranked as the 34th best university in the United Kingdom (UK).
The CUG has consistently been one of the most prevalent resources used by prospective undergraduate and graduate students researching various educational institutions. The reliability of the CUG’s rankings stems from the key objective parameters on which they score various schools. They gather data, for example, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the National Student Survey (NSS) on relatively objective aspects like entry requirements or research quality. The CUG also examines key metrics such as student satisfaction, which measures student opinion on the quality of a school’s faculty, and graduate prospects, which reflects a student’s employability prospects following graduation.
These various data points for more than 130 UK post-secondary schools are compiled into a score that can reach a maximum of 1,000. The CUG gave Aston University an impressive overall score of 763, nearly ten points ahead of the 35th school, Swansea University (756). This result left Aston University only four points behind University of Sheffield (767), the institution that took 33rd place.
Achieving a place within the Top 40 schools in this prestigious and rigorous ranking is an accomplishment to be celebrated, but Aston University’s successes within the CUG don’t stop there. Aston University’s gain of 11 places on this ranking is exceptional, particularly given the fact that this climb occurred in only a matter of 12 months. Also remarkable were gains seen in the specific parameters that the CUG analysed. For instance, Aston University’s degree completion ranking moved up eight places from 2019 to take the 25th spot on the list. In addition, the ratio of faculty to students moved up the ranking a meteoric 30 places from last year’s figures.
What these new rankings reinforce is Aston University’s ongoing investment in improved academic outcomes, enhanced employability following graduation, and innovation in the structure and delivery of post-secondary education. Aston University’s programmes are designed to cultivate knowledge while catering to the 21st century student. With this mission in mind, along with the ongoing drive to never stop improving, one can only imagine how much higher Aston University might climb in these rankings in the future.