The University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is internationally renowned for the quality of its research, its teaching and its graduates.

The Sunday Times described Bristol as 'one of the jewels of British higher education' and 'at the cutting edge academically'.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, which carried out an institutional audit of the University in 2009, awarded Bristol the highest rating available for its management of education and the academic standards of its awards.

The University is a member of the Russell Group, an association of 24 of the UK's elite, research-intensive universities.  Bristol has 31 Fellows of the Royal Society and nine of the British Academy - a remarkable achievement for a relatively compact institution.

Bristol's research is renowned for supporting both individual scholarship and interdisciplinary or thematic research of the highest quality. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 93% of research at Bristol was deemed to be of international standard. Over 61% of the research work assessed in 48 research fields was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as 'world leading', or the 3* rating, classified as 'internationally excellent'.


  • 12,500 full-time undergraduates
  • Average of about 11 home/EU applications for every undergraduate place, making Bristol more popular than almost any other UK university
  • 5,250 postgraduates
  • 2,000 international students from about 100 countries
  • 5,600 staff
  • More than two dozen companies have been spun out from the University’s research
  • £400 million turnover
  • There are some 145,000 Bristol alumni in about 160 countries