Aston is a long established research-led University, renowned for its world-class teaching and strong links to industry, government and commerce.

Aside from offering a dedicated business school, popular with aspiring students from across the UK and overseas, Aston University also provides a dedicated business support service working in partnership with thousands of companies across the UK to help discover new solutions to problems, develop workforces, offer meeting and conference facilities and provide their pick of new business graduates.

Aston University also boasts a dedicated school in Engineering & Applied Science which, with its tradition of quality and reputation for cutting edge research, offers students excellent opportunities to join in the process of discovery and creativity, and prepare for an increasingly diverse and technological world.

Employability at heart of teaching programmes

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University, based in the West Midlands, is a long established research-led establishment which is known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.

Employability at heart of teaching programmes

Aston’s close partnerships with business ensure that degree programmes offered are inspiring, challenging and constantly updated to equip students with essential work-related skills and experiences. Over the last 20 years, Aston has consistently been ranked as a top university for graduate employability (80 in the World and 12th in the UK according to QS Graduate Employability Rankings).

Employability is at the centre of what Aston does and we start early. Before students enrol, our Pre-Entry Adviser offers co-ordinated support and promotes cohesive messages around employability to our prospective students, their parents and teachers.

The outreach programme offers an opportunity for school aged students to access careers related advice and has been developed to encourage learners to start thinking about the best ways to prepare themselves for their future career. One crucial element of the programme is to help broaden their options so that they consider studying a STEM subject. The programme, known as ‘Access to Professions’ is targeted at secondary school students in years 8, 9 and 10.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) has taken part in the programme and hosts a number of sessions where students have the chance to explore potential career pathways. Leading academics in the engineering world give insight into the different type of careers available. In order to help facilitate the programme and its sessions, academics integrate with well-known companies such as Capgemini, PwC, Teach First and Deutsche Bank who work closely with the University.

In addition, the programme also focuses on highlighting to students the skills needed to prepare for their desired career and the support offered by Aston.

Previous feedback from these sessions has shown that students are becoming increasingly motivated to pursue a career of their own interest. Statistics also show that over half of the student cohort that attend the sessions leave feeling more motivated to do well in their studies.

Supply chain management degree course among best in world

Aston University is currently ranked in the top 100 universities for supply chain talent across the globe – and is aiming to hold on to its position in the latest poll to determine the future of supply chain.

Supply chain management degree course among best in world

A survey by SCM World among graduates of supply chain degree courses and practitioners in the industry concludes at this month, with the results being published as the SCM World University 100 report as part of its comprehensive Future of Supply Chain study.

Aston University introduced its acclaimed MSc programme for supply chain management in 2008 and its graduates have gone on to work for industrial and commercial giants such as Nissan, Alstrom Power and Singapore Airlines Cargo as well as with the Royal Air Force and Royal Mail.

Professor Ben Clegg, Professor of Operations Management, Aston Business School, said: “Aston University’s MSc programme for supply chain management is both distinctive and different because it is jointly delivered by the engineering and business schools. This means our students receive a much broader knowledge from academics that work closely with business and industry.

“Aston Business School also has the enviable distinction of being among just one per cent of business schools worldwide with accreditation from three of the largest and most prestigious business school associations – namely the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (ASCSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Professor Ed Sweeney, Professor of Logistics and Director of Aston Logistics and Systems Institute, added: “In addition to the triple crown, our course is professionally recognised and accredited by both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).This gives graduates of our programme a real edge over graduates from courses that lack this wealth of accreditation from the leading associations in the field.”

He explained that the programme had been developed in collaboration with industry and had a strong international content to ensure it could respond to current business requirements, thus enhancing graduates’ global employability. Students also study a wide range of specialist areas including purchasing, contracts, optimisation, relationships and partnering.

Student Joshua Dunning, said: “The MSc Supply Chain Management course at Aston is engaging, motivating and challenging and fundamentally relevant to industry. The depth of knowledge gained from the multi-school teaching approach is highly beneficial and the knowledge of teaching staff allows content to be easily digested. I have been extremely successful in graduate scheme applications and have had offers from large companies. I believe the course content has strengthened my performance throughout these applications.”

Graduate Alba Rodriguez said: “I have had the opportunity to carry out real-life projects supported by an outstanding enterprise network. As well as gaining a profound knowledge of procurement, inventory planning, transportation and strategic management; this MSc is also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. I have been very successful in the job market, as the qualifications are extremely industry-relevant. “

Graduate Ashok Sureshkumar Kalavathi, added: “The course is well structured and covers in detail all the components of the supply chain. I particularly liked how welcoming each module’s professors were, having industry-related case studies and in-depth research. There were also guest speakers from different leading companies, field trips and industrial visits, including to Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull. The accreditation also gives opportunity to be a member of CMI, CIPS and CILT, which in turn offers an important opportunity to network with professionals within the industry.”

SCM’s annual survey aims to gauge what hiring professionals think about the preparation universities provide to young people entering supply chain management. In the 2016 poll, Aston University was ranked 91 worldwide and among just a handful of UK universities to make the top 100.

All graduates of university supply chain degree courses can participate in the survey, along with practitioners within the industry. The published results include the top 100 universities as well as rankings by industry, geography, job functions and seniority.