Brunel, along with a number of other prestigious universities such as Bath, Warwick and Loughborough, became a university in the 1960s. Now, as a University of over 35 years’ standing, 12,000 students and four campuses, it offers more to its students than ever before.
The following highlights show why Brunel University is now one of the most optimistic, ambitious and forward-looking universities in the country.


  • £14 million spent on 60 new research-led staff and centres in the five years up to 2006;
  • ground-breaking research in cancer genetics and official ‘world class’ rankings in subjects as diverse as Engineering, Law, IT, Maths and Sociology;
  • the most cited researcher in the world in the field of environment and ecology;
  • founder member of a research collaboration that owns one of the most advanced fMRI scanners in the country;
  • an excellent reputation for sport with Olympic gold medallists in rowing, boxing, and hockey and bronze medallists in bobsleigh and heptathlon, as well as world, European and national champions in judo, fencing, gliding, marathon canoe, cycling, microlight, pentathlon, weightlifting, duathlon, and in a range of track and field athletics;
  • 100% ‘excellent’ record from Government inspectors for our teaching quality since 1999;
  • co-ordinating university for WestFocus, a Government-funded consortium of HE institutes that is the largest ‘knowledge exchange’ of its kind in the UK;
  • a £170 million masterplan that has added a £2.5 million UEFA-class football facility and competition-standard athletics track, a state-of-the-art Assistive Technology Centre, a £7 million indoor athletics and netball centre, brand new buildings for Education and Health, a new 700-room accommodation complex and a new Arts Centre;
  • home to Professor Heinz Wolff’s Institute for Bioengineering, involved in research as diverse as space technology, hi-tec homes for the elderly and enabling technology for the disabled or injured;
  • the first UK university to have a campus-based Science Park – with 23 companies now based here;
  • with roots going back to 1798, the longest history of training teachers in the UK, holding the archives of the British and Foreign Schools Society, the best record of elementary education in the world;
  • an eclectic mix of graduates ranging from comedians Jo Brand and Lee Mack to people of influence such as Lincoln Crawford (the first black chair of the Race Relations Committee) and Margaret McDonagh (general manager of Express Newspapers), to stars of stage and screen such as actor Patricia Hodge and commentator Paul Dickenson, to some of the top sporting stars in the country such as James Cracknell, Audley Harrison and Richard Hill;
  • a net annual value of more than £190 million with an income for research grants and contracts last year of over £10.5 million;
  • one of only two universities outside the ‘London corridor’ nominated to provide facilities and accommodation in the London bid for the 2012 Olympics.


If you want to sample the delights of one of the greatest cities in the world, but are daunted by the prospect of living there – the high cost, the noise, the sheer number of people – Brunel offers an ideal compromise. Its relaxed, traffic-free campuses are located on the western edge of the capital. All four campuses (at Uxbridge, Twickenham, Osterley and Runnymede) offer a pleasant environment and the benefits of on-site facilities and accommodation within striking distance of the Capital, Heathrow, and the national motorway campus.

Accommodation & Welfare

A number of places in the University Flats and Halls of Residence are reserved for full-time international and home postgraduate students. In addition, there are a limited number of studio flats suitable only for couples (married or in a long-term relationship) without children. Accommodation is allocated for periods not in excess of one academic year, after which time students will normally move off campus.

You will be sent an accommodation application form together with your offer of a place on a course at Uxbridge or Runnymede. The completed form should be returned to the Accommodation Office at Uxbridge and will be dealt with once you have confirmed acceptance of your place and met the conditions of your course.

Even students who have studied before – particularly if they have worked for a number of years prior to returning to university – may find that returning as a postgraduate throws up unexpected problems. At Brunel, we try to help you adjust to living and working here, whatever your background. There are many helping hands to give you guidance on academic, personal, and financial or health matters.

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