The University of Bristol


The University of Bristol is one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK and has considerable experience in leading and managing large and complex research programs, including participation in over 280 FP7 projects. The University of Bristol is one of the most prestigious universities in Great Britain and has been recently (2012) ranked at 16 among the top 400 universities in the world. It is a thriving international community combining excellence in research and innovation with a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. Research and highquality teaching are at the heart of the University’s mission and account for its international reputation.


The University organizes its academic affairs in 27 Schools and 15 research centres arranged in six faculties: Engineering, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, and Arts. In the 2009 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2009), nearly 94% of research at the University was deemed to be of an international standard. Over 70% of the research assessed was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as ’world leading’, or the 3* rating, ’internationally excellent’. As a result, in 2010-11 the University was allocated the 8th highest share of government research funding in the UK. The University of Bristol ensures that students excel in their studies and emerge as well-rounded, highly employable individuals. While academic achievement is at the core of postgraduate study at the University of Bristol, other skills are key to achieving overall success at postgraduate level. From developing researcher skills to accessing Vitae (the Researcher Development Organisation funded by Research Councils UK to support the development of PhD researchers and early career researchers), the Bristol Doctoral College of the University offers an excellent range of resources to help researchers manage their PhDs and develop broad ranging skills sets. A highly supportive environment, the University of Bristol encourages personal growth alongside the pursuit of academic excellence. With over 2000 postgraduate research students, the University and the Students’ Union offer a wealth of opportunities, enhanced greatly by the social, cultural and sporting landscape offered by Bristol itself, one of only five UK cities designated by the UK Government as a European Capital of Culture.