With a reputation for innovation since its founding in 1909, today the University of Bristol is internationally renowned for its outstanding teaching and research, its superb facilities and highly talented students and staff.

The university has over 16,000 undergraduate and more than 5,500 postgraduate students, who enjoy life in the heart of the vibrant and buzzing city of Bristol. With an annual turnover of £530 million, the university employs 6,000 staff. Approximately 30% of its academic staff and 23% of its student body are from outside the UK. 

As a research-intensive university, Bristol supports both individual and interdisciplinary or thematic research of the highest quality. In the recent UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in universities, 36% of its research was rated as world-leading and a further 47% rated internationally excellent.

The University of Bristol is at the forefront of research which is changing lives. In 2015 it was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its research into the risks posed by volcanoes to aviation, developing an innovative computer model for predicting ash plume movement and helping to make airspace safer for the public. It came on the back of a 2013 Queen's Anniversary Prize for its research in obstetric and neonatal practice, which has made a positive difference to mothers and babies throughout the world.