Brunel University London is a campus research intensive university at the outskirts of London. It was founded in 1966, and its distinctive mission is to combine teaching and research excellence with the practical and entrepreneurial approach pioneered by its namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel is a medium size university with 16500 students covering most higher education subjects in three colleges. College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences and College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Research is facilitated by 5 interdisciplinary Research Institutes that address five strategic challenges and promote high-impact growth, drawing on academic expertise from across the University and external partners.
The five strategic challenge areas and their corresponding institutes are:
- Communities: Global, Secure, Connected Communities – Institute of Communities and Society
- Digital: Digital Futures, AI and Big Data – Institute of Digital Futures
- Health: Planetary and Human Health and Wellbeing – Institute of Health, Medicine and Environments
- Manufacturing: Smart Manufacturing and Materials Innovation – Institute of Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability: Clean Energy, Sustainable Growth and Circular and Bio Economies – Institute of Energy Futures.
The research is undertaken through a number of University Research Centres and research groups.
Brunel University London in the last Research Assessment Exercise (REF), undertaken by the UK Government in 2014, came 32nd out of more than 150 universities in the UK in research power (government funding based on performance in research in the REF). It also has the 32nd largest volume of funding from the Research Councils UK (UKRI) and the 12th largest from Innovate UK. The University also performs well in terms of EU funding with the 13th largest volume of funding by UK universities from the H2020 programme.