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What's on Guide and other local civic initiatives

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You don’t have to be a student to reap the benefits of the University! From hard-hitting public debates, classes in pottery music and theatre, exciting community events or taking part in some of our ground breaking research are just a few of the exciting activities taking place at Brunel and featuring in the What's on Guide.

You may just want to hire our facilities or find more information about our courses, either way this civic email newsletter will give you all the latest activity the public can get involved in sent directly to your email inbox! The University facilities and activities are for everyone; we live in your civic so take advantage of what we have to offer!

Recent content has included:

  • An Evening with Sir Mark Rylance
  • BBC Question Time
  • Sociable sports sessions for all ages
  • Expert lectures/debates on immigration and our rights with Brexit
  • TEDx Talks
  • Half term camps for children including Chelsea FC Soccer School
  • Hillingdon Business Expo
  • Free film screenings such as A Plastic Ocean, a film endorsed by Leonardo DiCaprio

And loads more!

Sign up to the What's on Guide to receive regular invites to events and activities taking place at Brunel University London by clicking below! 

We believe, as a public institution based in the heart of Hillingdon, that we should employ our facilities and utilise the expertise and skills of our staff and students to make a positive impact in the local civic. We run a number of initiatives and projects in Hillingdon and are always looking for new ways to meet civic needs and contribute to the civic.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for new civic projects please email


Our staff and students at Brunel undertake a wide variety of activities within the local civic. Last year Brunel Volunteers offered 16,000 hours of service to good causes in Hillingdon through our volunteering scheme.

Brunel Volunteers works with over 60 local charities, community groups and schools. Volunteer activities include fundraising, mentoring, befriending, social media, marketing and stewarding to name a few. As well as organising high-profile civic events such as 'Good Deeds Day'.

If you would like to get involved with our volunteering scheme or need volunteers, please visit the volunteers website or email us at

Brunel Good Neighbour Award

The Brunel Good Neighbour Award was set up in 2012 to recognise and reward courteous and considerate students living in Hillingdon. Local residents can nominate students who they feel have had a positive impact on their street. 

Hillingdon Literary Festival

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Hillingdon Literary Festival

Returning every October – in partnership with Arts Council England, London Borough of Hillingdon and Waterstones – the Hillingdon Literary Festival is a FREE weekend of readings, workshops, performances and debates aimed at Hillingdon residents of all ages, providing the civic with the opportunity to engage with leading authors in the literary world. 

Speakers have included Benjamin Zephaniah, Kate Mosse, Matt Haig, Shappi Khorsandi, Deborah Moggach, Will Self, Tessa Hadley, Jonathan Coe and many more. If you would like to find out more about the Hillingdon Literary Festival please visit the website by clicking here. 


Organised by the Union of Brunel Students, the successful SSHH Bus (Silent Students, Happy Homes) was established in response to requests by local residents to reduce the noise from students on their way back either from the Student Union or Town Centre on Wednesday and Friday nights.


Raise and Give (RAG) is an initiative set up by the Union of Brunel Students which helps students get involved in raising money for charity. This has been done in the past through various events and activities which offers every single student the chance to raise money for great causes. Students nominate charities at the beginning of every year and the final decision of which charities will be involved is finalised by the RAG committee. If you would like to know more about this scheme please click here. 

Brunel Fireworks

For the past nine years Brunel has hosted the annual bonfire and fireworks night for Hillingdon. Last year around 6,000 students, staff and local residents from across the Borough attended the spectacular event. As well as lighting up the sky, the event is filled with fun family activities for all ages, including food stalls, entertainment provided by our students, bouncy castles and so much more. 

Work for us

Brunel University London is always looking to employ new talent to work in different areas across the institution. If you are looking for a career change why not view all our current vacanices