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Health and Life Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, is acknowledged as UK-leading, with an outstanding reputation for teaching and research.

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Our Aston University MSc pharmacy students recently had the opportunity to visit , a company at the forefront of combining cutting-edge engineering with the latest developments in data analytics and AI.

By combing these elements, we begin to understand the world with absolute precision, from biomolecule structures to quantum dots. Our students had a unique experience of hearing from the experts and touring the facilities that Malvern Panalytical uses to solve real-world problems with applied sciences.

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More submissions from our mental health awareness photo competition! The focus this year is movement. Movement is key for our mental health. But so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines.

I love movement

I have ADHD and I am hyperactive so I’m usually moving around even if I’m sitting still! I’m also autistic and movement is SO important to me. I have lots of repetitive movements that I do to soothe me when I’m overwhelmed and there are also lots of movements I do just because they feel good, which makes me feel happy! When I started going through the perimenopause I was suddenly unable to cope with life the way I had done previously and in a quest to find a weight bearing exercise that I could do for more than a day (I’m very easily bored!) I discovered pole and aerial. Spinning and tumbling upside down has now become essential not only to my physical wellbeing but to my mental wellbeing! I do pole, aerial silks, lyra hoop and trapeze. This is a photo of me tumbling through the air in an aerial silks lesson. Just looking at it makes me feel giddy. I like feeling giddy! 😊

Water and swimming
Water and swimming is my escape and thinking space: when I hit the sweet spot of moving in unison with the power of the sea I am in my special place.

Connection and movement
This photograph captures the essence of our cherished pastime, where every ride becomes a testament to the profound healing power of connection and movement in nurturing our mental well-being

powerful in unity
I have chosen this photo because as these dolphins leap in harmony, so do we when we exercise together. Exercising as a team fuels my motivation. 

Gardening through the ages
Keep on moving

Walking feet
Watching the water flow, resting the walking feet

Birmingham views
Exploring a route, taking in Birmingham views

The movement of time
The stone buildings acting as a sort of sundial; the more modern apartment blocks silhouetted in the background. There’s a sense of calm. Just passing through (on holiday).

The theatre makes me happy!

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Photo captions below!

Have a look at the top 5 submissions for the Mental Health Awareness week photo competition, with a focus on movement. If you have a photo that represents movement to you – it could be you moving, it could represent what moving means to you, it could be a picture of your favourite activity, or might portray how movementmakes you feel - send it over and we will share on our story this week!

We will be posting the rest of our submissions tomorrow, so keep a look our for more posts!

1. Malverns
Walking in the hills reminds me of how grateful I am for being able to move, for the beautiful natural world and for no screens and no rain!

2. Bandu
Please meet 'Bandu', soaking up the sun and spreading his wings in our garden. Our free-flying sun conure brings joy and serenity to our family, making every 'walk' a cherished moment of mental wellbeing.

3. Dancing
This photo was taken during a very difficult period of my life. I am dancing under the rain, amidst winter's cold and the wind, feeling freedom and happiness in the moment, and promising myself to experience more of these amazing moments in the future. I feel ALIVE here. What helped me move forward during this personal crisis was filling myself with positivity, taking each step one at a time, and embracing new active hobbies, one of which is dancing. I have always been very shy about dancing, but around 2 years ago, I discovered dance again for its joy, the wonderful feelings it brings, and the sense of freedom it offers. It's one of the ways I choose to experience emotions in a positive light.

4. Bakewell on a bike
I cycled for 150km, with  1800m of ascent and burned 5000 calories. 

5. Malvern Hills
We love to walk up the Malvern hills (movement) but once at a summit we also like to take a moment to enjoy the view (my son is convinced he can see our house and his nursery from up there 😅) 


👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️| Aston Nursing students commenced their first placement this week! Here are some of our students and Programme lead, Dr Jayne Murphy, at one of our placement partners,

We wish all of our students luck as they embark on this exciting step for their studies!

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👁️🌍| National Eye Health Week 2023 is under way, promoting the importance of good eye health for all.

Our onsite Aston Eye Clinic, one of the largest at any UK university, has over 6,000 patient episodes completed every year.

Find out more here!


We're delighted to welcome Professor Aleks Subic as our new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.

Professor Subic is joining Aston University from RMIT in Australia where he was Deputy ViceChancellor of the College of Science, Engineering and Health and Vice President for Digital Innovation. He was also Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) at Swinburne University of Technology.

He is a recognised global leader in technology and innovation in higher education, and received a number of prestigious awards for his work. He is also a passionate and lifelong advocate for multiculturalism, equality, diversity and inclusion.

We look forward to having Professor Subic on board and excited for what the future holds.


👀 | Professor Leon Davies president of the College of Optometrists is delighted to launch the College’s brand new vision for the optometric workforce.

The College’s Workforce Vision provides an ambitious and unique chance to shape the future direction of eye health provision, and the profession.

📢 Hear from Professor Leon Davies in his announcement:

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Good news - We now have a dedicated Health and Life Sciences (HLS) Instagram account! Get following our Instagram account for the latest and greatest HLS college news! 🔬

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Reminder: Our Undergraduate Open Day is running tomorrow (Fri 1st July) 9 am to 3 pm. Book your place

Clean Air Day | Action for Clean Air 16/06/2022

Did you know that Thursday 16 June is Clean Air Day? 🍃

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, bringing together thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions!

See below for more info on this great initiative

Clean Air Day | Action for Clean Air Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign. Clean Air Day has helped increase levels of air pollution busting behaviours.


Whether it's A Levels, BTEC's, IB's, Apprenticeships or more - everyone here at the Health and Life Sciences team at Aston University wants to wish you the very best of luck with all of your examinations and assessments. Stay positive, and we hope to see you very soon! 💪

Eating: a team sport? 09/05/2022

Say, 'Greens'!

It may surprise you to know that our facial expressions while eating the things we do, and do not, love (looking at you brussels sprouts!) can significantly impact our own eating behaviour.

Find out more and book on to the talk here!

Eating: a team sport? Eating is far from an individual activity. Our food choices, opinions, habits and even preferences are heavily influenced by our peers around us, often sub...

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The Aston school of Optometry are offering an exciting new Masters programme for allied health professionals working in Ophthalmology to progress as Advanced Clinical Practitioners! The programme will launch on 1st October 2022, for more information please click below:

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Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment launches online public lecture series | Aston University 16/02/2022

Who's going to be joining👇 this is one you don't want to miss, talks about understanding and improving staff wellbeing in paediatric intensive care 🚑

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Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment launches online public lecture series | Aston University Published on 09/02/2022 The Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment host first ever livestreamed public lecture seriesMolecules to Minds will explore the work of researchers based in the instituteThe first lecture will see Dr Rachel Shaw present her findings on the health and wellbeing of sta...

Celebrity diets have been around for centuries and some of them even worked 11/02/2022


🎤 Celebrity diets have been around for centuries and some of them even worked 🍏🍖

👥 and Afatscientist discuss the ins and outs of fad diets and delve into the history of popular celebrity diets 🥑


Celebrity diets have been around for centuries and some of them even worked The word diet originates from the Greek dieta meaning to live normally. However, nowadays it mostly refers to restricting food to help weight loss rather tha...

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing - Practice Certificate | Aston University 03/02/2022

💊 is funding for a cohort of 30 places for Pharmacists to undertake the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing Course at Aston University starting on week beginning 28/02/22.

Find out more and APPLY NOW 🥼

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing - Practice Certificate | Aston University The Pharmacist Independent Prescribing Practice Certificate is a 45 credit level 7 General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) accredited qualification delivered by Aston University, Birmingham. Taught predominantly online, this programme will enable you to evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with...


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Evidence has found that levels of stress, burnout and symptoms of post-traumatic stress are higher among staff working in paediatric intensive care

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Can a smile make you eat more healthily? Our PhD researcher Katie Edwards explains how Psychology can help young children try new foods.

Don’t forget the UCAS deadline is 26 Jan. There is still time to apply for one of our Psychology programmes:

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Two days to deadline! If you’re interested in one of our Psychology courses, apply now!


Can your friends change the way you eat? Katie Edwards, PhD researcher in Psychology at Aston University, explains the psychology behind eating behaviour in social environments and how this can establish ways to help us to eat more healthily.
If you’re interested in studying Psychology at Aston, don’t forget to apply before the UCAS deadline on 26 January.
To find out more, visit

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Seven days to make your Psychology application. If you need to know anything, get in touch.

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Nine days to deadline and places are filling up fast. Need some help deciding? Head to


Interested in our Psychology courses? Don’t forget the deadline is 26 January – don’t miss out!

Aston University helps Rayner develop next-generation intraocular lenses | Aston University 13/01/2022

👀| Aston University helps Prime Optic International - Rayner IOL's develop next-generation intraocular lenses

🔬The University's unique expertise will assist the delivery of a mechanical lens stretching device and ex-vivo model


Aston University helps Rayner develop next-generation intraocular lenses | Aston University Published on 06/01/2022 Aston University and Rayner Intraocular Lenses Limited (Rayner) work together to develop new generation of intraocular lenses (IOLs) through Knowledge Transfer PartnershipAston University's unique expertise assists delivery of mechanical lens stretching device and ex-vivo mod...

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