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Brunel University

A leading business-facing university

In 2016, Brunel celebrated 50 years as a university. Despite this, the history of Brunel University can be traced back much further to 1798 through its predecessor colleges of Acton Technical College (then Brunel College), Borough Road College, Maria Grey College, Shoreditch College, and the West London Institute of Higher Education. Since 1966, its rise has been impressive and its reputation grows year on year.

Today, Brunel is a university of 12,746 students – 3,3909 of which are engaged in postgraduate and research study. The University combines academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


Brunel has long been recognised as one of Europe’s leading business-facing universities, with some of the world’s most famous corporations developing longstanding partnerships and many smaller companies working with the University to gain a competitive market edge and increase profitability.

Recent government awards, through the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, confirm Brunel’s position in the elite top 10% of universities for innovation and business partnerships. Some recent examples include Strategic Research AlliancesCorporate Partnering and Co-Innovate project for London SMEs.