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Universities in West London One of West London’s most famous learning institutions is Brunel University [map], Uxbridge. The name of Brunel University has become as well known and respected in engineering circles, as was the name of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Both reputations are well deserved, reflecting technical competence, creativity and commitment, which have resulted in important advances in science.

However, today, Brunel University’s influence extends far beyond the fields of engineering, science and technology. A long succession of developments and mergers has brought the university from modest beginnings to a major force on the UK higher education scene.

The first step in the establishment of Brunel University was in 1928, when Middlesex County Council transferred its Junior Technical School, founded in Chiswick in 1910, to Acton in west London. Here it grew rapidly, winning the respect of employers and the local community.

90 per cent of boys leaving the school found employment in the engineering and building trades. This was to be a well-founded precedent to the unparalleled graduate employment record Brunel enjoys today.

In 1995 West London Institute of Higher Education was incorporated into the university, bringing with it an expertise in new subject areas and innovative study concepts.

West London Institute had been created in 1975 from the merger of Borough Road and Maria Grey teacher training colleges and Chiswick Polytechnic. It had campuses in Isleworth and Twickenham, west London. Until then, Brunel’s traditional strengths were in the fields of engineering, science, technology, social sciences, education and management.

The merger brought performing arts, humanities, geography and earth sciences, health, social work, sports sciences and business within the university’s remit, giving Brunel a total student population of just over 12,000 located on four campuses.

Students can now enjoy a dynamic university that offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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