The University of Brighton is a community of 22,000 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. We have one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong research record, factors which contribute to our reputation as a leading post-1992 university. Growth We can trace our origins back to the mid-19th century in Brighton and the mid-20th century in Eastbourne. Since university designation in 1992 the university has grown steadily. More than 5,000 students graduated this year in a range of subjects as diverse as: automotive engine design, law with accountancy, midwifery, three-dimensional design, architecture and pharmacy. Teaching quality Our performance in a range of external assessments of teaching quality is consistently strong. The School of Education has just moved into the new £30m Checkland building at Falmer, and maintained its position as one of the leading institutions in the country for Initial Teacher Training, according to results published last month by Ofsted. The School of Education and the School of Sport and Service Management remain 'Category A' providers for teacher education, and have been given the highest possible rating – outstanding – for all aspects of our primary and secondary initial teacher education provision. Research The last Research Assessment Exercise(RAE) found more Brighton academics working at international standards of excellence than any other post-1992 university. Find out more about our research performance. Professional focus 85% of graduates, postgraduates and holders of other awards, that replied to our survey went into employment, further study or training. The majority of courses are accredited by professional and statutory bodies. For a further breakdown of figures see the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education report. Investment Since 1992 we have made considerable improvements to the environment in which our students live and work, with almost £100 of million capital investment and new libraries on three of our four campuses. Partnerships The Brighton and Sussex Medical School, a partnership between Brighton and the University of Sussex opened in 2003. The community university partnership project support the university's contribution to social inclusion, economic growth and quality of life and in turn enables us to learn from these partnerships and improve the quality of education we provide to our learners. The university works in partnership with regional colleges on the development and delivery of programmes, and also has a large number of overseas partners. Broadening access We are committed to widening participation in education, and validate university-level courses which are taught at our partner colleges across Sussex, and we have developed a successful fifth campus in Hastings (the University Centre Hastings opened in 2004).