University of Bristol

University Information, Campus and History
(Bristol, England, UK)

The University of Bristol is located in Southwest England and is considered one of the original 'Redbrick universities'. It began with the opening of Bristol University College on Park Row in 1876. Back then, the college had only 99 students, five lecturers, and two professors. It was also the first college in Britain to accept both men and women students on the same footing.

With the government's help, the medical and engineering schools were added in 1889. These courses became the college's foremost strengths. In the hopes of obtaining full university status, the Fry and Wills families donated over 6 million pounds to develop the campus. After King Edward VII signed the charter giving the college a full university status, University of Bristol finally opened with over 600 students, in 1909, Henry Overton Wills was named the very first university chancellor.

The university quickly expanded with the construction of new buildings and laboratories to accommodate the increasing number of enrollees. In the 1930s, the university became known for its academic excellence, with Winston Churchill serving as the third university chancellor from 1929 until 1965.

Today, the University of Bristol has over 15 research centers and 45 departments that are divided into six faculties:
  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Law

The University of Bristol continues to build its academic programs with the aim of providing higher education to the masses. It is now ranked 49th among all the other universities around the world or academic standards.


The University Library is the main source of information of both undergraduate and post-graduate students. The main library houses over a million volumes of journals and textbooks, and thousands more of databases and electronic journals. The University of Bristol also has 13 other branch libraries located all over the campus, and these include:
  • Arts and Social Sciences Library
  • Biological Sciences Library
  • Chemistry Library
  • Continuing Education Library
  • Dental Library
  • Geographical Sciences Library
  • Physics Library
  • Medical Library
  • Queen's Building Library
  • Social Medicine Library
  • Veterinary Science Library
  • Wills Memorial Library

Aside from academic facilities, the University of Bristol also has various sports, recreational, and community development facilities. Among these are the indoor and outdoor sports centers where aerobics classes are held, tennis courts, artificial pitches, cricket nets, squash courts, and weights gym facilities. The Pulse health and fitness suite houses a state-of-the-art exercise and gym equipment used for exercise and sports training.

The university's sports clinic is manned by doctors and specialists whose expertise lie in physiotherapy, podiatry, Pilates, sports injury, massage therapy, acupuncture, and homeopathy. It develops and holds various community programs on a regular basis that encourage students to keep fit and stay in shape, despite the demands of university life.

The university also offers financial aid and employment options to financially-challenged students, as well as special education programs to students with hearing, visual, or physical impairments. Interested students should contact the university in advance and inquire about the specific programs it offers.

All the facilities are open to all faculty and university students, as well as to its corporate partners. Most facilities require a membership fee to have access to all their amenities.

Famous Students

The University of Bristol has produced students that have become famous in different fields. Some of its famous students include A.G.E. Blake (philosophical writer), Irving Hexam (religious studies professor at University of Calgary), Dick King-Smith (author), Roger Holmes (Marks and Spencer CEO), Plum Sykes (fashion journalist), Manuel Esquivel (former Belize prime minister), Paul Direct (Nobel laureate in physics), Emily Watson (actress), and James Blunt (musician).

Contact University of Bristol:
Address: Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TH, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 9000
Fax: +44 (0)117 925 1424, +44 (0)117 954 5703
Bristol University

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