Brunel University London

Brunel University in West London has over 13,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. With a turnover of more than £190 million, the University is a Higher Education and research establishment with considerable intellectual, financial and social resources and makes a major contribution to the economy and community of the West London region. It also plays a significant role in the higher education scene nationally and has numerous national and international links and partnerships with both academia and industry. The volume of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research carried out at Brunel University London has increased by more than half in the past six years, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Brunel has been awarded the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research accreditation for its commitment to providing high quality training and career development for researchers and has achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its efforts to promote the equal representation of women in science-related subjects (2012). Brunel University London comprises three colleges and three Specialist Research Institutes conducting research in many branches. The institutions status as research-intensive university was demonstrated in the national 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Brunel ranked 93rd in the world and 10th in the UK for Engineering and Technology according “THE” world university rankings. Brunel has a long history of successful bidding for European funding and of successful managing and delivery of EU projects. It was partner or coordinator on over 150 projects within FP7 within cumulative value to Brunel of over €30 M, and has been already successful with several Horizon 2020 and ERASMUS+ proposals.

Institute of Materials and Manufacturing is one of three research institutes at Brunel University.

In structural integrity we have a unique strategic collaboration with TWI, for which we have secured £33M of capital investment, which will allow us to develop world leading research in structural integrity closely directed to the needs of our industrial partners. One of the research direction of Institute is design for sustainable manufacture.

We have recently won a prestigious Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre from the EPSRC, as well as a UKRPIF award from HEFCE. This area has contributed substantially to our strong portfolio of research funded by the TSB and the EU Research for SMEs scheme. In the preliminary findings of the Witty Review, Brunel featured in the appendices on Eight Great Technologies as a university with research excellence in both Advanced Materials and Mechanical Aero Manufacturing. Institute comprises National Structural Integrity Research Centre alongside TWI, Cambridge investment comprises £15M Government grant, £20M Regional Growth Fund grant to TWI and £45M from industrial partners for research over 10 years. The research group on design of Sustainable Manufacturing is part of this Institute.