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Principal's House, 1 University Walk Re-launch

25 June 2019

Principal's House, the University's recently refurbished housing for visiting academics was officially relaunched on the 4th June 2019

After a programme of considerable improvement works the upgraded accommodation facilities were presented to an audience of staff from across the University during a special tour on Tuesday 4 June.

Previously part of the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships scheme, the University will now welcome world-leading researchers from across the globe to Bristol as Distinguished Visiting Professors. The Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship (BMVP) scheme was founded in 1976 from a bequest from the estate of the businessman Benjamin Meaker. The award covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. Visits can last from 1 week to 3 months.

Each Visiting Professor will be invited to make use of the upgraded accommodation, which offers ideal conditions for focused research. The building is well equipped, with private space for study and work, kitchen and social facilities, helping to make each stay comfortable and well serviced.

Boasting 2 self-contained flats, 6 spacious double bedroom suites, a large kitchen, sitting room and seminar room, the refurbished building has been tastefully upgraded in keeping with its original character. Designed by Sir George Oatley (1863-1950) and opened in 1919, the building has a long and colourful history, and was previously home to the Bristol Baptist College before being acquired by the University in 1998.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady with Professor Kieron Burke (University of California, Irvine) and his family.
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Provost Professor Judith Squires explaining the improvements made to Principal's House to guests.
Dr Lynn Hudson (University of Illinois at Chicago) speaking about the benefits of a research visit to Bristol.

The unveiling event was hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady and Provost Professor Judith Squires, alongside Dr Susan Jim, Manager of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Simon Bray, Director of Residential and Hospitality Services and Professor Mark Horton, Anthropology and Archaeology. A number of visiting researchers were in attendance, including Professor Kieron Burke from the University of California, Irvine and Dr Lynn Hudson from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In her address, Professor Squires emphasised the importance the University places on its relationships with researchers from across the world, and the value Visiting Professors bring to our community during their stay as they share knowledge and engage students. Curiosity-driven research and the fostering of collaborative networks are key principles which underpin the success of this scheme. A series of Provost’s social events are planned, to ensure Visiting Professors meet each other and our staff during their stay.

 See which Visiting Professors are currently based at the University here.

Further information

Principal's House is located at 1 University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TF