In the complex and crowded landscape of international post-secondary educational programmes, there are few accomplishments as satisfying as being recognised for excellence. Aston University is currently enjoying such satisfaction, as it was recently ranked as one of the top 40 universities in the United Kingdom (UK) in the annual Guardian University Guide 2020.
One of the most respected and popular guides to higher education programs among students who are deciding on a course of study, the Guardian University Guide 2020 considers aspects such as the percentage of students who are able to attain employment after graduation, the preparation for students to enter their desired career path, faculty-student ratios, and overall student satisfaction.
These values are calculated into a score out of 100 that helps to then rank the programmes in order, with higher score signalling stronger programmes. Among these various metrics, Aston University came in with a score of 62.3. This result placed them at 36th out of more than 120 schools scored in the ranking, only fractionally behind Newcastle University (#35, with a score of 62.4) and Aberdeen University (#34, 62.5).
This year’s ranking is made all the more exhilarating for Aston University in that it shows a marked improvement over last year’s results by climbing seven places (it ranked #43 last year). The fact that the university was able to improve its overall score and surpass other competitive schools speaks to the university’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence.
Equally exciting is that Aston University came in #1 for the ‘value-added’ metric, which assesses how well a programme prepares its students for an entry-level position in their desired field. This first-place finish reflects a significant improvement up more than 20 places on the list and serves as a testament to Aston University’s ongoing commitment to providing their students with the tools for success.
Similarly, impressive gains were seen in specific administrative and academic areas. In addition to rankings boosts both in the number of students who continue their courses as well as faculty-student ratios, the Economics programme achieved the rank of 17th out of 71 schools, while the Chemistry department witnessed a 24-place boost to land in 20th place. Perhaps most impressive was the meteoric rise of Aston University’s Accounting and Finance department: it earned 27th place out of 101 schools, marking an incredible 56-place rise in rankings in just one year. .
These positive results from the Guardian University Guide 2020 serve to underscore Aston University’s dedication to fostering an educational atmosphere where academic rigour and professional preparation come first and foremost.