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Brunel named in world's top 100 research institutions

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The impact of Brunel University London’s research has been recognised amongst the best in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE).

The annual THE University Impact Rankings show how research-intensive universities around world are performing against the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a series of 17 targets adopted by the organisation in 2015.

This year, Brunel ranked joint 99th overall, performing particularly well in the areas of ‘Reduced Inequalities’, where it ranked 16th globally, and ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’, where it ranked 29th. Across 15 of the 17 SDGs, Brunel is ranked in the top 200 research institutions.

Whilst the university performed well across the board, its overall position went down from 40th in 2019, although this was largely driven by the total number of institutions included in the rankings rising from 462 in 2019 to 766 in 2020. The number of SDGs included within the scope of the rankings was also expanded, from 11 in 2019 to all 17 in 2020.

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Highlights: Brunel in the top 100

  • SDG1 – No Poverty: Brunel ranked 97th
  • SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth: Brunel ranked 62nd
  • SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities: Brunel ranked 16th
  • SDG14 – Life Below Water: Brunel ranked 63rd
  • SDG15 – Life On Land: Brunel ranked 97th
  • SDG16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Brunel ranked 29th

Prof Geoff Rodgers, Vice Provost for Research at Brunel, said: “These strong results demonstrate once again that Brunel is not only one of the world’s best research institutions, but that our research programmes are focussed on the problems that really matter.

“I’d like to offer a well-deserved congratulations to my research colleagues for their splendid performance over the past year.”

The THE University Impact Rankings are based on a number of metrics, including information submitted by the institutions themselves, and the quality of their research published by Elsevier, the scientific publishing house.

For further information on research at Brunel, please visit: brunel.ac.uk/research

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