The University of Bristol is an international powerhouse of learning, discovery and enterprise. It was rated by The Times Good University Guide 2012 as one of the top dozen universities in the UK and is currently ranked within the top 30 in the world by the QS World University Rankings. The Sunday Times (September 2008) has described the University of Bristol as ‘one of the jewels of British higher education’ and ‘at the cutting edge academically’. The University is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a grouping of 18 research-led institutions of international standing, and of the Russell Group of universities, an association of 24 major research-intensive universities of the UK.
The University of Bristol is made up of six faculties: Arts; Engineering; Medical and Veterinary Sciences; Medicine and Dentistry; Science; and Social Sciences and Law. It has approximately 12,000 undergraduate and 5,000 postgraduate students from around 100 countries. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, awarded Bristol the highest rating available for its management of education and academic standards in 2008. As a research-intensive university, it is dedicated to academic achievement across a broad range of disciplines as well as encouraging 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, with over 61% of the research work assessed as either ‘world leading’, or ‘internationally excellent’.
A key element of the University’s vision is to ensure that its research and education contribute to regional and national society and the economy. The University 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 part of the University’s core business and is integral to research and teaching that is grounded in societal need and that promotes lifelong learning. The University is committed to operating in a sustainable manner, working constantly to reduce carbon emissions and improve the sustainability of the physical estate.
With a population of over 400,000, Bristol is the largest city in the South West of England and the region’s leading centre for business, culture and education. It has a long tradition of trade and engineering, and is also home to many of the newer financial services and creative and media industries. The historic docks in the city centre, now a thriving focus for leisure and the arts, retain many echoes of Bristol’s maritime history. Bristol is the only UK city ever to be shortlisted for the European Green Capital Award in 2010 and 2012, and is England’s first ‘Cycling City’.