THE number of research staff at Brunel University judged to be of international standing has tripled to 82 per cent.
Results of Brunel's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) were published this week, and also saw 10 per cent of the staff rated as 'world leading'.
The assessment of the quality of research is carried out by all of the UK's higher education institutions, with Brunel submitting research from 87 per cent of its 629 academic staff.
Professor Geoff Rodgers, pro-vice-chancellor, said: "Over the past seven years, Brunel has strengthened its support for research active academic staff in a number of ways, including mentoring for less experienced academics. This all means that every member of our academic staff actively conducts research at the cutting edge of their discipline."
The last time the RAE was carried out was in 2001, and the latest results show 229 members of staff rated as either internationally excellent or world leading.
The results also show the university excelling in engineering, and sports studies.
Professor Chris Jenks, vice-chancellor and principal at Brunel, said: "Research has a positive impact on our students and their learning experience. We are proud of the significant progress we have made."