Where can I study?
The city of Bristol has two main universities: the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE). The University of the West of England is the larger of the two, with a student population of around 30,000, and an academic staff of 3,000. The UWE (formerly Bristol Polytechnic) has its main campus at Frenchay, close to the city centre. The university also has a campus at St Matthias, a School of Health and Social Care at Glenside and a School of Creative Arts at Bower Ashton. The UWE also has regional centres in Bath and Swindon. In 2008, the Bristol Institute of Modern Music opened its doors and offers BA courses in music related studies.
The University of Bristol can be found in the centre of the city and is home to over 18,000 students. Many of the students at Bristol University come from independent and middle-upper class homes. The university is a popular first choice for student applications and there are often as many as 14 applicants for each awarded place. The university is a public research university and is a member of the Russell Group, which represents 20 leading universities. Bristol University has a strong reputation in the fields of mathematics, medicine, engineering, psychology, economics, biology, chemistry, management, politics and law. The university consistently ranks in the top ten of British universities in the annual newspaper league tables and was placed 66th in the world by The Times World University Rankings 2011-2012.
Graduates looking to find employment in Bristol can often find opportunities in the creative, electronic and aerospace industries, as these industries contribute significantly to the city’s economy.