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Brunel climbs into world's top 25 universities under age of 50

Brunel University London has risen to 25th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) worldwide ranking of the top 100 universities under 50 years old.

The university, which marks its half-century in 2016, climbed four places on last year with an overall score of 47.8, placing Brunel third among universities in the United Kingdom.

Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, said: “As we mark our 50th birthday next year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on just how far we’ve come in such a short time.

“Brunel is a young university, but an ambitious and dynamic one too. These rankings show that we are increasingly well-placed to take on our older competitors.”

Editor of the THE rankings Phil Baty said: “Those who make the list have managed to make a big global impact in competition with established, traditional institutions which have often had many centuries to accumulate wealth and reputation.

“Brunel has done particularly well to break into the top 25 this year, based on its impressive international outlook, and strong research citations score.”

The Top 100 Under 50 ranking employs the same 13 separate indicators as the THE World University Rankings – grouped into the categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook – but carefully re-calibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities, giving less weight to subjective indicators of academic reputation.

The THE provides a full explanation of the Top 100 Under 50 methodology and scoring system at