Author: Kamran Ali

TEF – what does it mean?

If you have been on campus or looked at the Aston website anytime in the past year, you might have noticed this logo… But what does it mean? How does it affect the uni? Let’s investigate…  What is TEF? The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) judges universities based on their teaching ability, drop out rate and academic support rather than other elements which don’t affect students as much such as research. Each university which participates is ranked like the Olympics – Bronze, Silver and Gold (with Gold being the best of course). Won’t most unis get gold? Around 25% of universities received...

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Tenancy rights every student should know

Moving into accommodation without any guidance from your parents can be confusing. Nobody expects you know the rights of your tenancy. Which is why you don’t want to be taken advantage of by your landlord. Here are 5 tenancy rights you should know when living at your home! 1. Your landlord is responsible for your safety! Don’t think because something is broken, you’re accountable. Your landlord is responsible for your home. If it is broken, make sure to get the following fixed: The property’s structure and exterior 🏚 Basins, sinks, baths, and other sanitary fittings including pipes and drains...

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Unofficial Geese Facts

You may have noticed when walking on campus that our favourite animal, the Goose, calls Aston University it’s home. To get to know our favourite neighbour better, here are some wild geese facts (some may be opinion 😶). 5. They are the most fearless animal in the world  Everyone on campus knows how brave this member of the anatidae family is (anatidae is the science name for a bird). I have looked out the window of the library and seen students running from these beasts, which brings me to my best fact… 4. They can smell fear Geese demand...

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Kam’s Rules To Passing Your Exams

I procrastinate too much. First term lectures were a lot to deal with and now that I have nothing on my timetable, it is quite easy to just sleep until noon and get some extra hours on FIFA… ⚽️ But I’m not allowed and neither are you! The Christmas holidays are over, and now it is time to kick it up a gear. You need to make sure you get a good grade (or at the very least, survive)!  I have made myself some rules to follow for the exam season, I recommend you follow them too if you don’t...

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UCAS Fairs – what to do next?

So you’re interested in uni, you’ve been to a UCAS Exhibition and found a bit of info about some degree programmes, but what’s next? 💭 1) Decide which path you want to take 🏃 Unlike applying to college/sixth form, you cannot apply to an unlimited amount of universities, you only get a choice of 5 courses you can apply for via UCAS. You can apply for multiple course at the same uni or pick 5 different unis, but your choice is still limited to 5 options. Since you only get to pick 5️⃣ courses, you need to decide which path you’re taking!...

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