Aston Business School

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Aston Business School
Aston Business School.jpg
TypeBusiness School
Established1947 [1]
DeanGeorge Feiger
AffiliationsAston University

Aston Business School (ABS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe.[3] Part of Aston University, ABS is situated in the centre of Birmingham, England.

It has been granted triple accreditation[4] and was ranked 8th in the UK and 33rd in the world by QS in 2012.[5] ABS was the first UK business school to be awarded the prestigious EQUIS accreditation, in 1999.[6] ABS is the first institution in the UK to be allied with Beta Gamma Sigma by establishing a BGS Collegiate Chapter. ABS is one of only three business schools in the UK to be awarded a Small Business Charter Gold Award for its role in helping to support enterprise.[7]

Aston announced a £35 million cash injection for a major upgrade of the campus, including a new £19 million revamped business school.[8] In 2006 it opened a new £22m extension including new study rooms and two new lecture theatres.[9]


The Department of Industrial Administration at the Birmingham Central Technical College (now Aston University) enrolled its first students in 1947, with a remit to "consolidate and extend teaching work in industrial administration". David Hall Bramley was the first Head of the Department, and is recognised for his pioneering work in Industrial Management Education at the University.

Aston received its charter in 1966,[10] and in October 1972 the Management Centre was set up, merging the Department of Industrial Admninistration and the Graduate Centre for Management Studies and offering undergraduate, postgraduate, research and post-experience courses. 1978 saw the opening of the Nelson Building, purpose-built for the Management Centre. Its first MBAs were awarded in 1979. The Centre became the Aston Business School in 1988. The MSc in International Business offered for the first time in 1997, and the BSc in International Business and Management in 2005.

A £22m extension to the Nelson Building opened in 2006, now the main Business School building.


Aston Business School's Nelson Building

Aston Business School offers a range of first degrees (BSc) including single honours programmes covering the main business and management disciplines, and a choice of joint honours programmes. It also offers a qualifying law degree (LLB) and business foundation degree programmes. A distinctive feature of their first degrees is the business placement year which gives students valuable workplace experience. At postgraduate level, the Aston MBA is offered through full-time, part-time and online learning, together with a wide range of taught MSc courses and a postgraduate commercial law degree (LLM). These also include business and industry placements. Their research degrees programme includes the DBA, PhD/MPhil in Management and MSc in Management Research. The Centre for Executive Development provides bespoke and accredited development programmes for senior managers and businesses around the world.

Rankings and reputation[edit]

5th in the UK, 31st in Europe and 35th in the world. 3rd in the UK and 8th in the world for careers.[11]

12th in the UK, 22nd in Europe and 91st in the world. 16th in the world for value for money.[11]

47th in Europe.[11]

11th in the UK, 28th in Europe and 82nd in the World.[11]

4 Palmes - Top Business School.[11]

50th in the World.[11]

Teaching Quality Assessment - maximum 24 out of 24[12]

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) - research is of ‘international importance’ with a rating of 5, just short of the maximum score.[12]

Aston was ranked among the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires according to research reported in The Daily Telegraph[13]

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) Aston Business School was 9th in the UK for research excellence. 15% of research submitted was world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour; further 45% internationally excellent. Overall 95% of Aston Business School research was internationally significant with 95% of academic staff in the School submitted for assessment, including many early career researchers.[14]

Aston is 2nd in the UK for developing marketing professionals and 7th in the UK for finance professionals, based on the career outcome data of more than 313+ million LinkedIn members. The University was also 23 rd in the UK for accounting professionals.[15] According to the Complete University Guide 2016, Aston is ranked 6th for marketing, 22nd for accounting and finance, 22nd for economics and 23rd for business and management studies in the UK.

Research - Groups and Centres[edit]

Research at Aston Business School is organised through six Academic Groups, each forming a community of academics and research students with common interests:

  • Aston Law
  • Economics & Strategy
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing Group
  • Operations & Information Management Group
  • Work & Organisational Psychology

Aston Business School also hosts six Research Centres through which researchers respond to emerging research themes:

  • Aston Centre for Higher Education Learning and Management (HELM)
  • Aston Centre for Human Resources (ACHR)
  • Aston Centre for Research into International Business (ACRIB)
  • Centre for performance Measurement and Management (CEPMMA)
  • El Shaarani Centre for Islamic Business and Finance (IHSE)
  • Aston Centre for Servitization Research and Practice

Five cross-disciplinary Research Centres facilitate collaborative research with other schools at Aston University:

  • Aston Centre for Critical Infrastructure and Services (ACCIS)
  • Aston Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity (InterLanD)
  • Aston India Foundation for Applied Research (AIFAR)
  • European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
  • Centre for Sustainability and Innovation (CSI)

Working with business[edit]

Aston Business School works with local, national and international businesses to help them embed new strategies and practice which emerge from the school’s research findings. It does this through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships,[16] bespoke research projects, MBA Business Consultancy Projects and MSc research projects.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "The pope as a turnaround CEO". The Economist. 2009-10-30.
  3. ^ "The Economist – Aston Business School Profile". The Economist. 2009-10-30.
  4. ^ "Trouble in the middle". 15 October 2011 – via The Economist.
  5. ^ "Global 200 Business Schools Report 2014-2015" (PDF).
  6. ^ Pandya, Nick (16 February 2002). "Aston Business School" – via The Guardian.
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  8. ^ Griffin, Jon (17 October 2014). "New Aston University business school after £35m boost".
  9. ^ "Aston Business School". StudyLink. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  10. ^ "World University Rankings". The Times Higher Education 100 under 50.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-03-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  13. ^ "Top 10 universities for joining the super-rich". Daily Telegraph. London. 2012-07-26.
  14. ^ "Research Assessment Exercise". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2015-06-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Higgs & Aston University Join Forces to Find Optimum Price for Legal Services". Higgs & Sons. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.

Coordinates: 52°29′10″N 1°53′19″W / 52.4862°N 1.8887°W / 52.4862; -1.8887

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