Brunel University (U BRU) (UK)
Brunel University in West London is a dynamic institution with nearly 15,000 students and 1,770 academic and related staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. Since 2001, Brunel has invested £20m to support 100 new academic posts in areas of existing or emerging research strength. Total research income over the 2007/2008 period was £18,500,000 (€21,5million). Brunel comprises of 8 academic Schools and 7 Specialist Research Institutes, conducting research ranging from social sciences to engineering to health and social care. The national 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed its status as a research-intensive university with 82% of staff conducting research of international standing and 10% of its research rated as of world-class. The University is committed to delivering excellent research which underpins high quality, innovative training and teaching, and also generates new knowledge and understanding for the benefit of both the UK, and the international community. Moreover, it actively seeks to foster the integration of learning and research, and their application to real problems. The School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics (SISCM) is a world-class centre of excellence for interdisciplinary research involving applied and computational mathematics, biological and healthcare informatics, human-computer interaction, information systems, intelligent data analysis, mathematical physics, software engineering, statistics and operational research. SISCM receives substantial financial support for research activity from the UK Research Councils, the European Union and other sources. The school is home to staff who are recognised and honoured for their top-quality publications and leading roles in their disciplines, and hosts one of the largest and strongest PhD programmes in the country, with over 160 currently registered research students.

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