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Brunel University

 

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Location:

West London, Uxbridge, Brunel

Main Campus:

Uxbridge

Student Population:

15 000

Website details

www.brunel.ac.uk

Faculties:

School of Arts, Brunel Business School, Brunel Law School, School of Engineering and Design, School of Health Sciences and Social Care, School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, School of Social Sciences, School of Sport and Education
 

Why study at the University of Brunel?

Brunel University is a modern, dynamic institution, which prides itself on the quality of its academic programmes and the applied nature of its research activity. The university is dedicated to providing a world class education for its 13,000 students, which includes an international student population of more than 3,000, who come from over 110 different countries.

 

Teaching Quality

Courses and teaching at Brunel regularly receive high ratings in national assessments.

  • In the most recent institutional audit, the government's Quality Assurance Agency awarded Brunel a vote of 'broad confidence' - the highest possible rating.
  • Many programmes have external validation from professional bodies, such as Industrial and Product Design, Youth and Community Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Community Health, Computer Science and IT, Law, Psychology and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Subjects in the national ‘Top 10’ in the UK include: Design (1st); History (10th) (The Sunday Times Uni Guide 2011)
  • Design (5th); Sport Science (9th) in the Independent Complete Uni Guide 2011.
  • Design (3rd); Physiotherapy (as part of Anatomy and Physiology) (5th); General Engineering 6th (The Guardian Uni 2011)
  • Design (6th); Education (10th) (The Good University Guide 2011)
  • The Financial Times ranks Brunel Business School in top 75 in Europe and 21st in the UK in the FT's 2010 European Business Schools league table.
  • The University has invested nearly £300 million on a campus redevelopment programme in the last few years and now possesses an impressive range of modern, state-of-the-art facilities for both students and staff.
  • An exciting new £30 million flagship building is now under construction at the main entrance to the University’s campus. Scheduled for completion in 2012, it will provide new teaching and research facilities as well as an auditorium and art gallery.

 

Research Quality

Brunel’s research addresses real-world issues and has found truly life-changing solutions.

  • Brunel is a research intensive university which places great value on the usefulness of its research, which improves understanding of the world and informs up to the minute teaching.
  • Brunel’s academics are at the forefront of their fields, so students can be confident that their course is relevant and up-to-date.
  • Research is responsible for much of Brunel’s collaborative work with business, industry and the public sector, providing opportunities for work experience, and demonstrates the university’s commitment to producing professionally-minded graduates that employers want to recruit.
  • The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) judged 82% of Brunel’s research to be of international standing, leading to 54.5% increase in research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council, compared to the sector average increase of 7.8%.
  • Research generates a culture of intellectual endeavour among students and staff, and encourages the interchange of ideas and expertise for which Brunel is famous.Brunel Centre for
  • Research in Technology is world famous for its new techniques in recycled metal purification.
  • The Magna Carta Institute is an international political think- tank analysing how best to create and maintain just societies that balance personal freedom.

 

International

Brunel is a vibrant international community of students and academics from over 100 countries worldwide.

  • The student community includes an international student contingent some 2,000 strong, drawn from over 110 countries. Most of them return home as Brunel graduates to practise their professions and spread the good name of Brunel around the world.
  • International students choosing to study at Brunel University can look forward to benefiting from world class research, excellent teaching, outstanding facilities and the knowledge that they are part of an international community made up of students and staff from over 110 countries.2
  • Brunel University is committed to making the most of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for its students. The University is using its outstanding reputation in sport to generate an exciting presence at the 2012 Games.
  • Already an official Pre-Games Training Camp, Brunel will host the Korean team for their preparations for the Games. With more than 100 Olympic and Paralympic graduates to our name, 17 of them medal winners, we anticipate more outstanding achievements.
  • The Brunel English language Test (BrunELT) is ideal if you would like to apply to Brunel and still need to provide evidence of your English level. It offers tests both on Brunel campus and in selected countries for students directly entering their courses.
  • The University offers a range of other preparatory courses. The English language courses provided by IPLC are designed to meet individual needs and prepare students for academic success.  Brunel has two types of English language courses, a year-round progamme, English@Brunel, and shorter intensive Pre-sessional English language programmes, both of which have mutiple start dates.
  • Brunel offers an International Scholarship Programme which is an annual award run by the Brunel International office. Its goal is to provide financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel at ambassadors throughout their time at the University. Applications for this programme open after Christmas and end in May.

 

Student Satisfaction

  • The National Student Satisfaction Survey is an annual survey which gives an opportunity for third year students to feedback on their time at their chosen university. In the 2010 survey, Brunel students were satisfied overall with a feedback score of 89% for teaching, assessment, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.
  • In the subject satisfaction rankings, History was 1st in the UK and Physiotherapy (as part of Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology) was 5th; Aerospace Engineering was 7th and Design 8th.

 

Employable Graduates

Brunel graduates are among the most employable – and most highly paid – in the UK. Brunel’s focus on jobs and employability means that its graduates have the skills and information they need to compete for the jobs they want.

  • Brunel graduates enjoy the 13th highest starting salaries in the UK, according to the recent Sunday Times Good University Guide. Their average salary of £22,323 is almost £3,000 more than the national average.
  • In 2010, Brunel was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award, in recognition of its innovative initiatives to encourage enterprising and creative thinking amongst the whole University community.
  • One of Brunel’s most distinctive features is its commitment to employability, including periods of work experience for undergraduates – sandwich placements – into many of its courses. Four-year sandwich courses help students to develop the practical knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive graduate job market.
  • Many of Brunel’s undergraduate courses offer a one-year block of work experience (a ‘thick-sandwich’ course) or in some cases two  six-month periods (a ‘thin-sandwich’ course). Some students are offered permanent employment after they graduate.
  • There are also opportunities for undergraduates to study or undertake a work placement overseas. Brunel has long-standing exchange agreements with universities in Europe and the USA, while some European work placements have led to Brunel graduates being offered employment by international companies.
  • Postgraduate students are encouraged to take on work placements through the summer period to consolidate their skills.
  • Each academic School has a dedicated placement officer in the Placement and Careers Centre who understands the industry and has long- established links with employers.
  • Some courses have official ‘seals of approval’ in the form of accreditation by relevant professional institutions.
  • Brunel offers the UK’s ‘Best Placement Service’. Brunel’s placement team were named ‘Best Placement Service’ at the 2010 Inaugural National Placement and Internship Awards, run by RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

 

Variety of Courses

Brunel has outstanding facilities on a single modern, self-contained campus.

  • The University of Brunel as eight academic schools offering a broad range of courses.  The academic schools are: School of Arts; Brunel Business School; Brunel Law School; School of Engineering and Design; School of Health Sciences and Social Care; School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics; School of Social Sciences; School of Sport and Education.
  • Brunel has a wide range of courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Its high-quality courses are built around self- contained modules comprising both compulsory and optional topics. This means that, for most courses, students can tailor the content to suit their own requirements and interests. Many subjects also allow students to incorporate modules from outside their course.
  • All students are encouraged to undertake practical placements and projects as an integral part of their courses (a founding principle of the sandwich degree structure) and have access to specialist laboratories in, for example, electronic imaging, bioprocessing and experimental techniques, as well as academic archives in cult film and contemporary writing.
  • Academic facilities for researchers include flight, driving and train simulators, 3-D body scanner, motion-capture equipment and MRI scanner, occupational therapy suite, and extensive sports and performing arts facilities which support research and may be available
  • Courses draw on much of Brunel's internationally-renowned research in, for example, Cancer Genetics, Environmental Science, Human- Centred Design, Materials Processing, Contemporary Music and Digital Performance, Able Children's Education and Sports Medicine.

 

Location

Brunel is located in Uxbridge, a compact and friendly town on the edge of West London. The University is a modern and attractive campus close to Heathrow Airport. Uxbridge town centre is just a 20-minute walk or short bus ride from the heart of the campus, and is packed with more than 300 shops, a multiplex cinema, two shopping malls, dozens of bars and restaurants and a £3 million nightclub which runs a number of very popular student nights.

If students want easy access to Central London, to experience one of the greatest cities in the world, but are daunted by the high cost and bustle of living there, then Brunel offers an ideal compromise. Brunel’s Greater London address means students can access the best work placements and job opportunities. Not only is London the heart of the financial, commercial and creative sectors, but international organisations such as Apple UK, Coca Cola, Parexel, Xerox, Centrica, Hasbro, BT and GlaxoSmithKline are based in and around Uxbridge.

The countryside is also on the doorstep. One of Brunel’s best- kept secrets is its proximity to the Grand Union Canal and to part of the Colne Valley Park, consisting of miles of woods, walkways, lakes, rivers and nature reserves, and only a 15-minute walk away.

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