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BRAD is the University’s internal research information database, which aims to provide a comprehensive record of publications and other research outputs and activity by our research staff. BRAD is only visible internally to registered Brunel researchers and research administrators. Access to BRAD is currently by registration upon joining the University, and is limited to current research staff.  

BRAD is linked to our open access institutional repository, Brunel University Research Archive, BURA. Staff use BRAD to import their publications records, and upload their manuscripts accepted for publication to BURA in line with University and funder open access requirements. 

Outputs data from BRAD is also used in staff research profiles on the University website and is used to support the University's submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK national assessment of research quality. 

BURA is the University's institutional repository which showcases publications and other outputs deposited in BRAD by making the full-text freely available to the public via the Internet, subject to copyright permissions and publisher policy.


New academic staff must register for access to BRAD when their Brunel network username and password has been assigned. Please email brad@brunel.ac.uk with your job title, department and staff/payroll ID number. An account will then be be set up for you.

It is important that academic staff keep their BRAD profile up-to-date and deposit all journal articles and published conference papers as soon as they receive an acceptance notification from the publisher. This is to ensure compliance with the University's open access requirements and Research England's REF Open Access Policy. For information about open access and the REF policy and how to make your research REF eligible see Open Access and REF 2021.

For general assistance relating to BRAD please consult the BRAD LibGuide or see the 'How do I deposit in BRAD?' page. If you have further questions, please email brad@brunel.ac.uk.


Brunel University Research Archive (BURA) showcases Brunel's research outputs from journal articles and conference papers to doctoral theses. Academic staff add their research to BURA by depositing via BRAD.

Research contained within BURA is open access, although are subject to copyright restrictions. Some publications may be subject to embargo by publishers and usually these are temporary, typically ranging from 6-24 months.  All awarded doctoral theses and some higher degrees (MPhil, MRes) are also archived on BURA.

Academic staff are not issued with user accounts for BURA, instead they must deposit their publications in BRAD which will allow staff in the Scholarly Communication Office, Library Services to check for copyright restrictions and publisher embargo periods before making publications available open access.