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Satisfied students drive Brunel University's rise up the league tables

Brunel University has risen 10 places to 39th in the Sunday Times University Guide 2012, placing it in the top third of UK institutions.

This substantial improvement is due in large part to the University’s performance in the latest National Student Survey, alongside improvements in student employability and a continued low dropout rate. The results push Brunel to 7th in London, and mark the University’s first return to the UK top 40 since 2007.

Success at institutional level was mirrored at subject level, with Brunel moving up the rankings in 16 of the 24 subject areas in which it was classified. The University is now ranked in the top 25 for 11 subjects, including four – Art and Design, History, Biology and Business – in the sector top quartile.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Jenks said: “The improvements in student satisfaction are the result of years of hard work by University staff and the Students’ Union in listening carefully to students’ needs, addressing their educational requirements and investing appropriately in our campus, and these changes are now becoming visible in national league tables.”

Professor Jenks added: “By continuing to invest in its facilities, Brunel University is looking forward to furthering the success it has achieved by providing a blend of research-led teaching and excellent employability opportunities for its students. For example, the University is poised to open a brand new building to house its Business School next year, as part of a long term plan to create a unique environment in which to deliver an excellent experience for our students.”