Information for the public

Engagement is about creating an opportunity for people to exchange ideas and information and learn from each other. You can help to shape and inform research carried out at the University of Bristol, as well as gaining knowledge about topics and areas that interest you.

Support research development
The University is recruiting 100 families to help develop and test new technologies; become a Friend of SPHERE. The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) and SPHERE project also run public advisory groups to help capture people’s thoughts, opinions and lay expertise and ensure their work is relevant, useful and acceptable to wider society. Contact Georgia Bladon and Ben Meller respectively for more information.

Work with students on a community project
Skills Bridge is a new portal to connect with staff and students from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. Businesses, social enterprises, schools and colleges, local authorities, charities and community groups are invited to suggest projects.

Help us decide where to plant new trees
The University is spending £60,000 to plant new trees across the city as part of the legacy of Bristol European Green Capital 2015. We will be asking the public for their views on where new trees should be planted – check back here for more information.

Take part in a public engagement activity
The University publishes full events listings, and you can sign up to the public engagement team’s monthly guide What's On by emailing your details to

Use our facilities
Members of the public can use the University’s libraries with advance approval, with a number of specialist collections open by appointment. The Department of Music holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts in the beautiful Victoria Rooms, while Wickham Theatre showcases both student and professional performances.