University of Bristol

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University Profile: University of Bristol

Founded: 1876

League Table Ranking 2016: 24

Number of Students: 21,500, of which 75% are undergraduate and 25% postgraduate

Location: South West England, about 100 miles from London



University College, Bristol – as it was known from 1876 to 1909 – was the first academic institution in the UK to admit male and female students on an equal basis. In 1909, King Edward VII granted the College a Charter, and so the University of Bristol came into being. The University now forms part of the Russell Group, an association of research intensive universities, and, in recognition of its research standards, is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the UK and top 100 in the world. Thirteen Bristol graduates have been awarded Nobel prizes, and some of the most well-known alumni from the University today are Derren Brown, Rachel Joyce, Simon Pegg, David Walliams, and Matt Lucas.

Academic Overview

Bristol offers more than 200 degree courses across its six academic schools: Arts, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences and Law. The University is particularly well-known for Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences. A modular structure is offered across many undergraduate courses, allowing students the opportunity to choose subjects which are outside the breadth of their regular course, in order to deepen their knowledge base. Many courses can be studied for part-time, and there are provisions to study abroad or take a year in industry for those enrolled on full-time programmes. Course completion levels are high and, on graduating, University of Bristol alumni are much sought after by employers 

Pastoral Overview

The University’s central precincts, Clifton and Stoke Bishop, provide accommodation for all new undergraduate students. There are 27 residences of varying size, from eight-bedroom student houses to a 700-bedroom hall of residence. Students can choose whether they prefer catered or self-catered accommodation. Every student residence is a community in its own right, with hall societies and committees organising a range of social and sporting events throughout the year. Students who live at home or in private accommodation are not left out, either, with the ‘Brunel’ network bringing together students who live out of halls.


Around-the-clock computing services and study areas are located across the University, along with free wireless internet access for all students on campus. A dedicated laptop and mobile clinic is available to all students, plus plenty of wellbeing support via counselling services and the career centre. A new reception, learning hub and café were opened in 2016, and investment in academic estate is ongoing

Student Experience

The Bristol Students Union (or BSU) is one of the oldest Students’ Unions in the country, and is also a founding member of NUS (National Union of Students). The Union gives access to nearly 250 clubs and societies, and has facilities for conferences, gigs, club nights and debates. Sport thrives at Bristol, where there are plenty of opportunities for enthusiasts and elite athletes alike; eight Bristol students and alumni were selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2017, Bristol was voted one of the top ten cities in the world to visit thanks to its history, culture and thriving social scene.

My Personal Statement Verdict: 4.5/5

Content was accurate at the time of compilation.