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Top 10 highlights of 2017

6 December 2017

What a difference a year makes... 2017 has been a monumental year for Bristol. From the announcement of our new campus to the return of Matt Lucas (BA 1993-1995, Hon DLitt 2017), here are our highlights.

1. Matt Lucas and the 22-year gap year

After dropping out of his degree 22 years ago, Matt Lucas (BA 1993-1995, Hon DLitt 2017) returned to the University of Bristol at the beginning of the year to receive his honorary degree in true Lucas fashion. Watch his speech above.

2. Varsity - two universities, one city

This year, Bristol vs. UWE Varsity took the challenge to a whole new level...

3. Nobel Prize winner installed as Chancellor

With Great George tolling, poetry and a large moon in the Great Hall, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse officially became the University’s new Chancellor.

4. Droning in 

Our team of volcanologists and engineers, working with the University of Cambridge, used drones to collect measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks.

5. £1 million gift for the next generation of researchers

A huge thank you to alumnus Dr Jonathan de Pass and his wife Georgina for their £1 million gift this summer to advance the next generation of researchers and innovators at Bristol.

6. Landmark £10 million gift for the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus

The University of Bristol received its largest ever philanthropic gift to support the creation of its new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus (TQEC) in the heart of the city, thanks to Bristol alumnus Hugh Sloane (BSc 1977) and the Sloane Robinson Foundation, which he founded with his business partner George Robinson.

7. PhD student makes it to the final of BBC's Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Having made it through several gruelling rounds of the competition, 23-year-old University of Bristol student, Tim Gregory, was selected out of thousands of applicants and made it to the final of a TV programme to find out who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

8. Play me I'm yours

The University of Bristol sponsored one of 18 eye-catching pianos which adorned the city this summer as part of the world-famous Play Me, I’m Yours street piano project.

9. A quantum leap: Bristol to build world's first Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre

The University announced exciting plans to establish a £43m Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre - the first of its kind in the world. Find out more about quantum engineering above.

10. Rewriting the future for refugees with a Bristol education

This year the Sanctuary Scholarships scheme at the University of Bristol, has given 16 students like Avin who have fled conflict in Syria, Sudan, Kurdistan and Iraq the opportunity to fulfil their potential by studying for a degree at Bristol.