Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK and was ranked within the top 5% of universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2019. They aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career in a competitive global market.
They attract students from all over the world, creating a rich and exciting international community. We are also lucky to be located in a vibrant, dynamic city with a reputation for creativity and sustainability.
With a choice of over 200 degree courses covering a broad range of subjects, our students engage with intellectually challenging courses that encourage independence of mind.
The oldest campus, San José State University, was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest campus, California State University, Channel Islands, opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.
A University of Bristol initiative which empowers our students to fulfil their academic and personal potential, to graduate from the University as tenacious, inventive and connected individuals who will be a benefit to themselves and to society. Bristol Futures is built around three themes which explore the major opportunities and challenges facing our generation:
In addition to their degree programme, their students will be able to engage with these themes within a range of activities and learning resources supporting their studies and personal development.
A Bristol degree is highly attractive to employers: they offer their students a high-quality, research-led education, and enhance their global reputation by recruiting the best academics. Bristol is ranked fourth in a list of universities targeted by leading graduate employers (source: The Graduate Market in 2018, High Fliers Research).
Their courses are shaped by the very latest thinking, and their students work on real-life projects with academics who are experts in their field. As well as teaching the facts, their researchers pass on their knowledge, enthusiasm and experience.
Bristol is small enough to feel warm and friendly, with Wellbeing Advisers in both University residences and academic schools to support our students, personal tutors and additional support services. It's also big enough to provide outstanding extracurricular opportunities, including a host of clubs, sporting activities and community and volunteering groups.
They continually invest in new and existing facilities, training and technology.
Their libraries, IT facilities and informal study spaces keep students connected and support independent learning. They have a comprehensive network of support services to ensure that their students can get help and advice on all aspects of university life – academic, personal, financial and practical – if and when they need it.
Bristol has connections with hundreds of employers, from small businesses to global organisations, which means their courses are up to date and relevant. Their partners share their knowledge at careers fairs, networking events and workshops, and mentor student entrepreneurs.
Their students’ union, Bristol SU, helps our students get the best out of their time at Bristol.
Led by students, for students, Bristol SU provides opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun, as well as representing students’ views and needs.
There are more than 300 student societies and sports clubs to choose from.
City Life in Bristol
City life in Bristol has been voted the best in Britain in a major survey of 20,000 university students across the country. The University of Bristol won the ‘City Life’ category at last night’s 2015 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
Bristol beat off stiff competition from Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle, Northumbria, Nottingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Sussex to win the top accolade.
The Whatuni Student Rankings are based on 20,000 student reviews collected over the last 12 months. It asked reviewers to rate a wide range of categories, including city life.
Charlotte Wilson, Head of Customer Relations and Student Marketing, collected the award at The Brewery, London, from comedian Hugh Dennis.
She said: “To receive this vote of confidence from our students is just fantastic. City life is a huge part of university life and we know that our students love all the opportunities on their doorstep.
“It’s not just the nightlife which ticks the boxes, it’s the rich culture, vibrant music scene, countless festivals, free activities, beautiful green spaces and independent shops and cafes. “Students also play a big role in the city and have made such a positive impact, contributing 100,000 hours a volunteering time a year to support local charities. Indeed, we know many of our students decide to stay in Bristol after they’ve graduated.”
The award comes a year after The Sunday Times crowned Bristol the best city in Britain. It’s currently European Green Capital 2015 – the first UK city to win this title, awarded in recognition of its commitment to the environment.
Simon Emmett, Managing Director of Whatuni.com, said: "The University of Bristol has won best university for City Life, improving on a strong second place finish in 2014. Students regularly tell us that city life contributes substantially to their overall university experience. This win is a strong indicator that the University of Bristol is positioned to provide more than a degree to their students."
One of the reviews submitted, from a student called Hayley, said: “I am totally in love with the city, there are lots of things to do apart from studying and preparing for exams.”
Another Bristol University student, Katherine, said: “The city is fabulous, it has everything you could wish for. A great student life, clubs, pubs, jobs and unlimited shopping. It is definitely a great city to live in and I am so happy with my choice.”