Brunel has been a university since 1966 and in that time has developed extensive and rewarding links with industry and commerce. Situated in west London, the university is dedicated to providing a world class education for its 14,000 students. Brunel has an international student population of some 2,500, who come from over 114 different countries.
The University’s modern and attractive campus is situated on the western edge of London and is close to London Heathrow airport. Central London is just a short ride away by public transport but so too is the lovely countryside of the home counties.
Brunel is one of the UK’s most ambitious, forward-looking universities and is well into a £300 million investment programme, including a new residential complex that brings our on campus accommodation up to 4,549 rooms.
At Brunel, research is at the heart of all we do. It underpins - indeed leads to - most of the taught courses we offer and informs the academic work of our students. It is responsible for much of our collaborative work with business, industry and the public sector. Brunel has always prided itself on the quality and relevance of its academic work and is renowned for ground-breaking research across a number of disciplines, including information technology, public health, screen media, sustainability and many more. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) judged 82% of our research to be of international standing, leading to 54.5% increase in our research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council, compared to the sector average increase of 7.8%.
Brunel is perhaps best known for its engineering and design courses, but also offers courses across a wide range of subject areas including business, computing and maths, education, social sciences (including law, economics), humanities, visual and performing arts, sport sciences, environment, health and social care.
For international students, the university offers a range of preparatory courses, including foundation and pre-masters, plus pre and in-sessional English language and study skill programmes which support students throughout their studies.
Striking 1960s architecture sits alongside outstanding modern designs, offset by gardens and interconnecting pathways. The Schools of Health Sciences and Social Care, Engineering and Design and Business have all benefited from the addition of new, multi-million pound buildings. In addition, the Lecture Centre has undergone an extensive renovation, with high tech teaching equipment and improved social and study facilities. Facilities on campus include:
• UEFA-class football facilities, competition-standard athletics complex and refurbished sports and fitness centre;
• Extended library building, holding a hugely increased book and journal collection, more computer workstations and group study areas, an Assistive Technology Centre for disabled students, and a café;
• 34 halls of residence, including a new residential complex that brings our on-campus accommodation up to 4,549 rooms;
• New Health Sciences and Social Care building, opened by Her Majesty the Queen;
• Spectacular new Engineering and Design annex and atrium, including an impressive exhibition space;
• Student facilities complex with a stunning atrium entrance opening onto a dining space, bars, the Students’ Union and retail outlets.
The Brunel campus has a lively and friendly atmosphere and there is plenty for students to do outside of their studies within the modern and self-contained surroundings of the campus.
In addition to on-campus cafes, bars and a nightclub, the Union of Brunel Students helps to organise and fund around 100 clubs and societies. The performing and visual arts are also catered for at Brunel with a range of performances and extra-curricular activities.
With its convenient proximity to London, students enjoy all that the city has to offer including its famous landmarks i.e. Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, world-class theatre, cutting-edge music and restaurants to suit all tastes. Brunel International offers a comprehensive range of day trips e.g. Oxford, Cambridge and Windsor Castle and to mainland Europe.
Nearby Southall, Hounslow and Slough offer a culturally rich Asian community where you can experience an abundance of shops and restaurants.