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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Brunel University London

Brunel University, London, student life, Sana Sarwar, Kettle Mag
Written by Sana Sarwar

Brunel University London is a campus university located on the outskirts of Uxbridge, London. It is organised into 3 colleges and three major research institutes. It also now has a new structure adopted in August 2014 which saw the university change its name to Brunel University London.

In my opinion, the university is perfect because of its great sense of community. The perks of being near Central London mean Brunel’s students are never too far from the buzz and vibrancy of the Capital.

1. Everything is on campus

Brunel is a campus-based university, so everything you need is moments away. You are never more than a ten minute walk from halls of residence, catering, social, sports and study facilities, lecture theatres, the Library and support services. A perfect campus built around student needs.

2. A committed Student Union

The Student Union is phenomenal. They are there solely to make sure that students are having the time of their lives. Over the years they’ve achieved amazing things from making the library open 24 hours a day, to introducing a mini-Subway restaurant on campus. Yum!

3. Amazing Alumni

The Alumni at Brunel include some kings and queens of British media and entertainment, from comedian Jo Brand and Lee Mack, to actors Alizah Imtiaz to Greg Davies.

4. Olympic royalty 

 Our facilities are so good that Olympic running legend, Usain Bolt, has been training in our very own sports centre – need I say more!

5. The uni is named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The University is named after the great Victorian engineer that blessed us with the Great Western Railway. We even have a statue memorial of him at the uni.

6. Boris Johnson could be our new MP

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has recently been selected to stand for the Tories in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, which is the area of London in which the university is located, so he could be our new MP.

7. Poet-lecturer

We are lucky enough to have poet and Refugee Boy writer, Benjamin Zephaniah, as a lecturer and Professor of Poetry at the university.

8. Support for the future 

Brunel University features an award-winning Placement and Careers Centre, helping you forge your path towards your dream job. They hold great connection events helping you meet key members of many industries, from Journalism to Engineering. For example, this term, students had the opportunity to listen to key speakers in the world of Journalism, such as investigative journalist Nick Davies, author of the book Hack Attack.

9. A tranquil escape

As we have established, Brunel is located in the hustle and bustle of London, but there is a peaceful retreat nearby. Brunel is near the Colne Valley Park and the Grand Union Canal, which is only a 15-minute walk away. So you can take a break from the chaos and unwind in the picturesque woodland park, one of Brunel’s best-kept secrets.

10. Learn something everyday 

Not only is Brunel home to an incredibly diverse and multicultural community of students but it also nurtures an impressive range of clubs and societies so you are encouraged to broaden your horizons and learn about different cultures.

What do you think? Have you been to Brunel and experienced what the University and its campus has to offer? Leave your comments below!