By Mehdi Punjwani

Brunel University has ascended into the top twenty-five universities in the world under the age of fifty, according to The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

The university, which will celebrate its fiftieth birthday in 2016, came in 25th place, climbing four places from last years’ finish with a score of 47.8. This also places Brunel third amongst universities in the United Kingdom.

This is the latest in a series of achievements awarded to Brunel, following the university climbing into the top 250 universities in the world last October, as well as the English and Creative Writing Department coming 6th in its field in the UK.

Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, said: “As we mark our 50th birthday next year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on just how far we've come in such a short time.

“Brunel is a young university, but an ambitious and dynamic one too. These rankings show that we are increasingly well-placed to take on our older competitors.”

These words echo her sentiments from last year; “This latest ranking clearly demonstrates that we’re heading in the right direction - and it’s just reward for the immense efforts we've all made in the past few years.”

Editor of the THE rankings Phil Baty said: “Those who make the list have managed to make a big global impact in competition with established, traditional institutions which have often had many centuries to accumulate wealth and reputation.

“Brunel has done particularly well to break into the top 25 this year, based on its impressive international outlook, and strong research citations score.”

The indicators used by The Top 100 Under 50 ranking match those of the THE World University Rankings. These are grouped into categories entitled teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

However, due to the list’s focus on universities under 50, the indicators are realigned to reflect the particular characteristics of these institutions, thereby giving less credence to subjective indicators of academic reputation.

A full explanation of the Top 100 Under 50 methodology and scoring system can be found at