The University Mission is "Excellence in teaching and research at the forefront of Universities internationally". The Department of Aerospace Engineering was established following an endowment from the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1946. It now has a staff of eight Professors, two Readers, eight Senior Lecturers and eleven Lecturers and significant additional staff on external funding. The present Head of Department is Professor Ian Bond.
The City of Bristol is at the centre of a large regional aerospace industry, and the Faculty and the Department have strong links with this local industry, as well as Government departments and research establishments.
Links include Partnerships with Airbus, Vestas, Rolls-Royce plc and Agusta Westland Helicopters, in which the Department acts as the lead Department for the University as a whole. These relationships have been an important element in the success of the Department obtaining support for its research, nearly all of which has some form of industrial linkage. The Department also has strong international links, with a presence in many EU research programmes over the years, which has given us joint research programmes with numerous Universities, research organisations and companies across Europe and the World.
The Faculty and the Department have strong links with this local industry, as well as Government departments and research establishments.