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The history of Brunel University London is a story of exponential growth and consistent academic development. Receiving its Royal Charter in 1966, Brunel will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. Over the past 45 years, the university has firmly established itself as a dedicated provider of quality higher education allied to industry, with a strong culture of research, and a constant focus on work-relevant study through its work-placement system. Brunel has always been a dynamic place to work and study, constantly reinventing itself, whilst managing to remain true to its origins and relevance to the needs of the wider society.

Brunel has always had a strong sense of self-determination and autonomy, which has enabled us to develop and grow from our early beginnings into a highly respected research-intensive university, with a broad portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes attracting staff and students from across the world. Following the recognition of our research excellence, and the quality of the experience that we offer to our students, we are now ranked 260th in the world, and climbed 78 places in the 2011 National Student Survey, to 45th out of 141 Higher Education Institutions. In the Times Higher Education Top 100 ranking of Higher Education Institutions that are less than 50 years old, Brunel is ranked 35th in the world, and 6th out of 20 institutions in the UK. During this planning period we will aim to secure and consolidate our place in the top third of UK institutions.