Brunel Business School has won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013.
The award caps a dramatic period of change for the School which last year moved premises to the new £28 million Eastern Gateway Building and recently revamped its curriculum and student recruitment policies.
The judges commented: “The School has been able to demonstrate, without being boastful, genuinely impressive progress towards achieving a set of transformational strategic targets.
“It has taken significant steps towards its ambition of being a genuinely international quality business school.”
Welcoming the award, Professor Amir M Sharif, Assistant Head of School who accepted the award on behalf of the Head, said: “We are honoured to receive this accolade. It validates all the hard work from our dedicated staff and students, and is a wonderful belated 'house warming' present. Well done everyone.”
Professor Zahir Irani, Head of School, who was overseas as part of a delegation to Kazakhstan, added: “I am delighted with our collective success in becoming the THE Business School of the Year.
“This award is a significant recognition that our focus on striving to provide quality teaching, research and student experience has, and is, having an impact. As such, we are committed to focusing on improving student employability and graduate outcomes. Congratulations to all who have contributed to this success.”
In its entry, the School had described 2011-2012 as a 'watershed' year during which many of its plans and initiatives came to fruition. The judges agreed that its winning submission showed “ambition, commitment and impact”. They were impressed that graduate prospects had improved significantly, and that due to an increased emphasis on employability in the curriculum, the number of leavers gaining graduate-level jobs had grown.
The awards were presented by presenter and comedian Sandi Toksvig at the THE 2013 Awards ceremony at the Grosvenor Park Hotel, Park Lane, London, on November 28.