In 1946 the Bristol Aeroplane Company provided funding to open our department and train the engineers needed to sustain the valuable and rapidly expanding post-war aerospace industry.
Today, our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) provides advice and feedback on the structure and composition of the department’s aerospace degree programmes to ensure that Bristol graduates have the employability skills required for a successful career in industry. Many of our IAB members also offer studentships and summer placement opportunities, and are involved in the research projects undertaken during the degree.
The IAB currently comprises:
- Ministry of Defense
- Cobham Plc
- GKN Aerospace
- National Composites Centre
- BAE Systems
Institutional, research and staff links
Association between the city of Bristol and the aerospace industry dates back to 1910 and the foundation of the Bristol Aeroplane Company by Sir George White. The first aircraft, the Bristol Boxkite, went into production that year as a trainer aircraft, and continued in production until 1914.
The Bristol Aeroplane Company company was based at the end of the tramline in Filton and this site later became part of the British Aircraft Corporation, and subsequently BAe Systems. Filton is currently occupied by a wide range of manufacturers including Airbus, GKN, MBDA and Rolls-Royce as well as BAe.
The Department has research links with all major aerospace companies, and much of the research has both industrial input and long-term industrial exploitation. A significant amount of the Department's research funding comes directly from industry and many projects would involve some aspect of industrial engagement.
Member of Airbus Group University Partner Programme (AGUPP)
In 2015 the University of Bristol become a member of Airbus's partner programme. The Airbus Group University Partner Programme is a strategic initiative launched to foster long-term collaboration with selected universities and engineering schools world-wide in areas of mutual interest.
- University signs partnership agreement with Airbus
- Airbus Group University Partner Programme Meeting - Singapore
- Aerospace Engineering Students participate in Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy
Airbus Ambassadors and Sir George White Chair
Our department is home to the Sir George White Chair, a post currently held by Prof. Jonathan Cooper and co-funded by Airbus and the Royal Academy of Engineering:
Our department also hosts Airbus Ambassadors Professor Ian Lane and Dr Carren Holden: