In 2016, Brunel celebrated 50 years as a university. However, our history can be traced back much further to 1798 through our predecessor colleges of Borough Road College, Maria Grey College, Shoreditch College and the West London Institute of Higher Education and as well as through Acton Technical College then Brunel College. Our rise since 1966 has been impressive and our reputation grows year on year. Now a university of 12,746 students – 3,309 students engaged in postgraduate and research study – our special approach is to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The decision to be named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel was taken after much discussion. Rather than name the new College after a location, Dr Topping, the first Vice Chancellor of Brunel University (and former Principal of Brunel College) pleaded that the name should be a well-known person preferably an engineer or scientist associated in some way with Middlesex or Acton. Agreement was reached in March 1957 that person would be Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) is one of the great British engineers of the 19th century. Isambard was born into an industrious family in 1806, with his mother Sophia Kingdom working for the Royal Navy and father Marc Brunel being a prominent French engineer. Isambard took on formal training as an engineer and went on to build twenty-five railways lines, over a hundred bridges, including five suspension bridges, eight pier and dock systems, three ships and a pre-fabricated army field hospital.To add to this he was a keen social engineer, building housing estates, churches and hospitals.


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Brunel University London is a public research university located in Uxbridge, West London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1966, it was named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. t is organised into three colleges and three major research institutes, a structure adopted in August 2014 which also changed the university’s name to Brunel University London. Brunel has over 12,900 students and 2,500 staff, and had a total income of £200.7 million in 2014/15, of which 25% came from grants and research contracts

On campus you’ll find lots of great resources and facilities too. We have an unrivalled library that’s totally dedicated to the creative arts and a gallery where we exhibit inspiring works from renowned artists.

Our town is rich in creative inspiration, thanks to its community of artists. Read more about the performing arts, comedy and music on offer in Bournemouth and Poole and get ready to be inspired. Bournemouth offers also a great variety of venues and cuisines when it comes to eating out. There is great diversity, from British to Mediterranean, Caribbean to Asian, when you fancy dinner out.


How to make an appointment
  • Visit the Student centre on the ground floor of the Howell Building and ask for the Student Support and Welfare team
  • Email:
  • Call the Student Support and Welfare Team on 01895 267045
  • A limited number of same day appointments are available
How to find us

We’re located opposite the Medical Centre, in Zone F. See campus map.

More information

If you are a current student and want more detailed information about the Counselling Service, or a staff member wanting information about counselling for staff, please visit our Intranet site or our Blackboard Learn site