Brunel University London
Welcome to Brunel University London
Unusually for a London university, Brunel's campus is almost completely self-contained which has the effect of creating a reasonably tight-knit and interacting community. Brunel’s students value the internationalism, diversity and friendliness of the campus, which includes on-campus halls of residence, Olympic-standard sports venues, great green spaces, an arts centre and award-winning business school. Brunel has really transformed its spaces over the last 10 to 20 years having undergone £400m worth of refurbishment.
Not that you have to be confined to the campus. Uxbridge tube station, only a 20-minute walk away, will take you straight into the heart of London, giving you the chance to experience big city culture without the higher rents.
Named after that great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the university aims to put his innovative spirit and practical approach into its teaching and, as a result, its students. Its alumni include; 25 Olympic and Paralympic medallists including James Cracknell, Kate Richardson-Walsh, Iwan Thomas and Tom Aggar; BAFTA winning comedians Jo Brand and Lee Mack; actors Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and creator of WAYN.com, Peter Ward.
Courses and fees
Brunel offers a range of courses collected into three colleges and three institutes. The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Health and Life Sciences. Institutes include: The Institute of Energy Futures, Institute of Environment, Health and Societies and Institute of Materials and Manufacturing. Many of the courses offer the opportunity to undertake an additional placement year, greatly enhancing your employability. Brunel’s courses with no placement year option still offer shorter periods of work experience and career-focused modules. Some courses are also available to study part time.
The entry requirements vary from course to course, but as a rule you need at a minimum of three A-levels, or equivalent, in subjects appropriate for your chosen course subject. Brunel also requires a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at C or above including English and Maths. Brunel considers a variety of qualifications, combinations of qualifications and equivalences to both A-levels and GCSE’s. Details of these qualifications and any subject specific requirements can be found on each course page on their website.
Mature students without standard qualifications are welcome to apply. All applicants will be required to show suitability for university study at the level they have applied for either through recent qualifications or relevant experience. Applicants retuning to education may wish to consider taking an Access to Higher Education course to meet our requirements. These can be studied part-time or full-time and take one year to complete.
Those wishing to pursue postgraduate study can do so by applying directly to the university online through the individual course webpages. The qualifications are frequently reviewed and may vary from course to course although we would be looking for a good undergraduate Honours degree, so the university recommends you review the entry criteria on your chosen course's page. There is no deadline, though popular courses often fill up early.
More details are available in the left-hand menu on the admissions page of their site: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/admissions
Full-time course fees are £9000 a year for students from the UK and EU. For those on a sandwich placement course the fee for the placement year is £1000. For international students the annual fee is £13,500 for course subjects classified as low-band, which tend to be classroom based, £14,750 for mid-band, and £16,500 for high band subjects, which are those subjects that may require more costly resources or equipment.
If you are an EU or UK student taking a part-time course, then the fee is £6,750 a year for the first four years. If it takes you up to six years to complete the course, then there is no fee for the fifth and sixth years.
Further information is available here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/ug/fees
Postgraduate fees vary from course to course and take into account whether the course is full-time, part-time, how long it lasts, and whether there is any distance learning - for which fees may be paid per module for some subjects.
More information can be found here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/postgraduate-fees
Bursaries and scholarships
Brunel offers a whopping number of scholarships including international and country specific scholarships. Over 400 in all, which means around 20% of students have financial support from the university. You do not need to apply for a specific scholarship as, once they receive your scholarship application, they will be consider you for all of them. Should you be eligible for more than one, Brunel will award you that which has the highest monetary value. They range from £1000 a year for such awards as the Brunel Bursary, to £6000 a year for the Academic Excellence Scholarship.
Information on undergraduate scholarships can be found here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/ug/fees/brunel-support-2015, with postgraduate scholarship information here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/funding/scholarships-bursaries" and international scholarship information here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships
Brunel has invested millions in the development of campus, with many new and refurbished buildings, plus the addition of many green spaces. Teaching and learning facilities, such as lecture theatres, labs and the library, plus our halls of residence and range of cafés, bars and restaurants are supplemented by a variety of sporting and social facilities from pitches, the gym and Indoor Athletics Centre to gardens, a nightclub, the Arts Centre and outdoor gym.
Library and study facilities
The Library, which is open 24/7, is at the heart of campus. Along with a range of study spaces – from group study rooms when you are working on a collaborative project to silent study areas for when you really need to concentrate – the library houses around 500 PCs, 400,000 books and is constantly expanding its e-library of books, journals and more. Specialist subject librarians are also available to help you. There are many other banks of computers and study spaces dotted around campus, many of which are also open 24/7.
With wi-fi available throughout the majority of the university, you're also able to connect to the network from your own laptop almost anywhere within the grounds.
Brunel University is passionate about sport and fitness and is also Quest accredited, which means their facilities ensure the best user experience while meeting industry standards. Brunel also has has a massive 140 sports clubs and societies.
Welfare and financial aid
Upon joining Brunel you will be given a personal tutor as a point of contact for personal and academic matters, and The Student Centre, located on the ground floor in the same building as the library, is a useful starting point for a variety of support services.
However, for difficult or sensitive issues you may find it useful to visit the Advice and Representation Centre, more commonly known as the ARC. Run by Brunel's student union, it's free and comes with the added advantage that they are independent from the university, so if you're having financial trouble or just need guidance, their advice will be impartial and confidential. Home to the Chaplaincy, the Meeting House offers students of all religious and spiritual backgrounds a safe and welcoming space to explore faith. Brunel also offers a free counselling service to students – appointments and weekly drop-in sessions are available year-round.
The university's award-winning Disability and Dyslexia service offers a range of confidential support to students with disabilities and to those who may not consider themselves disabled, but could benefit from support for learning difficulties or physical health and mental health issues. Assistive software is available on all university PCs, and the Disability and Dyslexia service can provide you with equipment to borrow if you are waiting, or are not eligible, for a Disabled Students Allowance.
A University Hardship Fund is available to those students facing particularly difficult financial circumstances. This non-repayable discretionary fund can provide emergency payments in times of unexpected hardship, or help cover course and living costs. The ARC can advise you on your suitability and help with the application process. Brunel also offers a Money Doctors service which can help with budgeting.
The recent establishment of the School of Professional Development, bringing together Brunel’s award-winning Placement and Careers Centre, Modern Foreign Languages and the newly established Innovation Hub, demonstrates Brunel’s commitment to enhancing the employability of its students. They offer an extensive careers library, careers fairs, CV clinics and skills workshops and will assist you in finding a work placement, internship and part-time employment.
If you wish to find part-time work, either on campus, locally, or even nationally, while attending Brunel University (or perhaps between semesters), the Job Shop is there for you whether the work you seek is related to your course or simply for some extra cash. They also run workshops and a part-time job fair (that is, a fair for part-time jobs, not a part-time fair for jobs).
The Brunel University Medical Centre is an NHS general medical practice and so caters not only to students but also staff and non-students living nearby. As a student you'll be encouraged to register so you can get the full benefit of their services while you are living away from your usual doctor. As well as usual appointment periods, they offer early morning and late evening appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays. And there is a general student walk-in surgery, and a sexual health walk-in surgery, daily between 11:30am - 1:15pm.
Opposite the Medical Centre you can find the Counselling Service. If you need somebody to talk to, for any reason, you can make an appointment with a counsellor or, if it's urgent, they have a drop-in service available everyday from 2pm.
23% of Brunel's students are international and from over 110 different countries (for those counting, that only leaves another 86 to go). They offer an impressive 37 specific scholarships for international students.
Should you need to improve your English language skills before or during your time at uni, Brunel's International Pathways and Language Centre will provide you with the necessary courses. You may start with the four week pre-sessional course and, once university life is truly underway, attend further English lessons, meet other international students and take part in a variety of organised day trips.
A free airport pick-up taxi service is available through IPLC which is bookable up to a month in advance.
Brunel offers a range of accommodation to suit various needs and budgets. There are 33 halls of residence at Brunel, with many gathered in complexes, for around 4,530 students. All are based on campus and are named either after bridges built or designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, named after the man himself, or after other engineers. Some are standard rooms with shared bath and shower facilities, though plenty are en suite, coming with private bath/shower facilities. There are also studio flats available for couples living together. A guide to the prices and specific facilities offered by the different halls and complexes can be found here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/accommodation/residences/facilities
- Confirmed first-year undergraduates who apply for a room before 1st September will be accommodated on campus.
- Extra housekeeping and cleaning services are available at one-off and regular (weekly/fortnightly/monthly) prices.
Halls and complexes
Based next to the Indoor Sports Arena, this complex is made up of four halls of en suite rooms at £132.50 per week.
The rooms here are split into corridors, with up to 11 rooms per corridor sharing bath, shower and toilet facilities. A kitchen and a pantry with a large fridge and freezer is also provided per corridor. The rooms are among the cheapest at £104 per week.
Much like Clifton Hall above, Chepstow Hall has 11 rooms per corridor sharing bath, shower, toilet facilities and a kitchen and pantry. The rooms are £104 per week.
There are just en suite rooms at Faraday Hall, with 12 of them adapted for students with disabilities. Up to 11 rooms share a kitchen on each corridor. They are priced at £132.50 per week.
Completed in 2008, this new complex boasts en suite rooms, including adapted rooms for students with disabilities and studio flats for couples. The complex is split into 17 blocks and comes to £132.50 per week for the en suite rooms, and £198.25 per week for the studio flats.
Lancaster ComplexAlmost as new as the Isambard Complex, the Lancaster Complex was completed in 2006 and can be found closest to most of the teaching buildings and campus facilities. The en suite rooms are divided into 54 flats containing between 4 and 10 residents each who share a communal kitchen/diner. Those 54 flats are split between five halls of residence and each room is £132.50 per week.
Based around a courtyard, Galbraith Hall contains en suite rooms divided into 40 flats. Each flat has 5 to 10 rooms and a communal kitchen. The rooms are priced at £132.50 per week.
Located close to campus facilities, Fleming Hall has 52 flats containing en suite rooms, grouped in flats of 6-10 sharing a kitchen. There are 6 adapted rooms for students with disabilities. The rooms are £132.50 per week.
Also close to the centre of campus, Mill Hall is divided between 27 corridors. Each room is en suite and each corridor shares a kitchen. 23 adapted rooms are available. The price per week here is a tiny bit cheaper at £129.50 per week.
This hall has is split into corridors containing 11 to 16 rooms each. The corridors share a kitchen along with bath, shower and toilet facilities. Like Chepstow and Clifton, the rooms here are at the cheaper end at £104 per week.
As with many universities, most students choose to live off campus from their second year onwards (though, of course, it is an option in your first year too). Prices are usually between £95 and £110 per week, not including utilities, and further information can be found at: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/accommodation/living-off-campus
If you'd like to find out more about Brunel, the university has a number of open days and events throughout the year. Visit the website for information on upcoming dates.
Brunel also offers campus tours during October and September. To book a campus tour call +44 (0) 1895 265595 or email [email protected]
Brunel's campus is self-contained and has specific parking arrangements on open days. In central Uxbridge there are several multi-storey car parks and the campus is a 20-minute walk away. Or there are several buses from Uxbridge bus station and under-ground station, from Heathrow Central and from West Drayton railway station. A Virtual Campus map is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/virtual-campus
"Physiotherapy has been rated 100% for student satisfaction for a couple of years in a row now - the staff are hugely supportive, conscientious and there seems to be a really nice atmosphere for students." – Current postgraduate student
“The library is well packed and has dedicated sections. There's a quad where lot's of engaging stuff happens throughout the year and there's always stuff going on along the promenade such as stalls and fresh fruit and veg markets.” – Current undergraduate
“The accommodation is quite nice, spacious and not too expensive. Flat parties are always happening.” – Computer Science undergraduate“Went to an open day and instantly knew that this is the place where I belong. The vibe was great.” – Economics undergraduate
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