The University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has its origins in the late 19th century and gained its Royal Charter in 1909. It is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK, and was ranked within the top 30 universities in the world in the QS World University rankings 2013. 

Bristol is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, nearly 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’.

The University’s research is world renowned for its impact across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Our researchers tackle some of the world’s most urgent issues in the areas of 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.

The 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 14,000 undergraduates and 6,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries. Eleven Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel Prizes.

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.