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The research profile of engineering at Brunel continues to improve; with one of the largest submissions in the UK, the second largest in London, and 10% larger than the last time the REF was conducted in 2014. With a research environment that was judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent, 80% of our outputs were assessed at or above internationally excellent. Over the last seven years, we have won total funding of £133.2 million for our engineering research,  treble the value covered by REF 2014, and have graduated 459 PhD students. View full results here.    

Wrexham firm decked-out with Brunel research - REF impact case study

REF results for physical sciences engineering and mathematics panel

REF Unit of Assessment (click for full details) College Subjects World leading or internationally excellent research 4* 3* 2* 1* FTE equivalent
Computer Science and Informatics (UoA 11) College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Computer Science 69.0% 27.0% 42.0% 24.0% 0.0% 37.3
Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (UoA 07) College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Environmental Sciences, Flood and Coastal Engineering 81.0% 15.0% 66.0% 19.0% 0.0% 16.4
Engineering (UoA 12) College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Flood and Coastal Engineering, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Brunel Design School, Digital Media 81.0% 17.0% 64.0% 13.0% 6.0% 152.8
Mathematical Sciences (UoA 10) College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Mathematics 69.0% 20.0% 49.0% 31.0% 0.0% 26.4
Computer Science and Informatics (UoA 11) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 27.0% 42.0% 24.0% 0.0% 7.0%
Output (65%) 39.8% 41.9% 17.2% 0.0% 1.1%
Impact (20%) 12.5% 37.5% 25.0% 0.0% 25.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0%
69% of the research in Computer Science and Informatics at Brunel is world-class or internationally recognised

Connecting Africa: New Networks for Open Science

The Brunel team set about working with groups in a number of African countries to share the research and knowledge that underpinned the European system. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (UoA 07) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 15.0% 66.0% 19.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 4.9% 82.9% 12.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 25.0% 75.0% 0.0% 0.0%
81% of research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

New safety laws for chemicals

Our food, our water and the things we use everyday are constantly contaminated by hundreds of harmful chemicals that build up in bodies and the environment. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Engineering (UoA 12) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 17.0% 64.0% 13.0% 6.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 14.4% 64.7% 15.7% 5.2% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 11.1% 61.1% 16.7% 11.1% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 37.5% 62.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
81% of research in Engineering at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Wrexham firm decked out with Brunel research

Prof Fan’s helped the company develop the technology needed to produce a consistent and reliable product from a wood and plastic composite - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Mathematical Sciences (UoA 10) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 20.0% 49.0% 31.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 19.7% 68.2% 12.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 33.3% 0.0% 66.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 0.0% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0%
69% of research in Mathematics at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Extreme modelling: statistical research fix for difficult-to-predict situations

Prof Yu’s disseminated modelling approaches have been used by TWI in Japan and the United Arab Emirates, to reduce risk of catastrophic incidents. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more