University of Bristol has its origins in the late 19th century and gained its Royal Charter in 1909. It was ranked within the top 50 universities in the world, and top ten in the UK, in the QS World University Rankings 2018.
A member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Bristol is a top five UK institution for research intensity (joint fifth in THE analysis of REF 2014). 83% of research at the University was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Bristol currently has 40 Fellows of the Royal Society and 15 of the British Academy.
The University’s research is world renowned for its impact across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Bristol researchers tackle some of the world’s most urgent issues in areas including health and disease, climate change, food security, energy and social justice. The University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education – the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its leading-edge research in obstetric and neonatal practice, which has made a positive difference to mothers and babies throughout the world.
University of Bristol is dedicated to academic achievement across a broad range of disciplines. It is made up of 25 academic schools, organised into six faculties: Arts; Engineering; Health Sciences; Biomedical Sciences; Science; and Social Sciences and Law. It has approximately 23,000 students from more than 120 countries. Thirteen Nobel Laureates have been associated with the University community.
The University is also major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region. It works hard to build effective links with the community and its industries, through high-quality research collaboration and productive knowledge exchange, the creation and support of new companies and enterprises, and the licensing of intellectual property. Engaging the public is a vital part of University life and an area in which staff and students are actively involved.