The Faculty of Science is the largest Faculty within the University, with around 2,800 undergraduates, 900 postgraduates, and over 800 staff.
It consists of the following schools:
The individual successes of these schools have played a major part in the University of Bristol's excellent reputation.
Science has established good cross-departmental and cross-faculty links in teaching and research, and offers an outstanding intellectual environment for both its staff and its undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Research centres within the faculty include the
There is also BRIDGE (Bristol Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment) in Geographical Sciences, and COGNIT (Cognition and Information Technology Research Centre) in Experimental Psychology.
The very successful Molecular Recognition Centre links Science with the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences particularly well; the Quantum Information Group links Science with the Faculty of Engineering; and the School of Geographical Sciences provides an important interaction with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.
There are strong and successful cross-faculty interactions in Climate Change, Cognition, Interface Analysis, Nanotechnology and Neuroscience.
The School of Chemistry was awarded one of HEFCE's Centres of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Bristol ChemLabS.
The faculty is also involved in the Bristol and Bath Science Park with the University of Bath and the University of the West of England. The Science Park provides accommodation and business support for high-tech companies spun out from the Universities' research.
We made returns in 9 areas - Units of Assessment (UoAs) in RAE parlance:
Two thirds of the faculty’s research activity was rated at the highest 4* or 3* levels (“world leading” or “internationally excellent”) and 95% at least “internationally recognised” (2* or better). See the University's Research assessment page for a listing of all Bristol results by UoA.
Our submission to RAE2008 included a much increased number of staff - up by over 40% - compared with 2001 (the date of the last RAE). Many of the staff returned at a relatively early stage in their career. Our performance therefore reflects an exceptional depth of talent, future capacity for development and environment for world leading research.
|Institution c||Mean GPA d||Rank||Units e|
|University of Oxford||2.927||1||9|
|University of Cambridge||2.912||2||9|
|University of Bristolb||2.848||3||9|
|Imperial College London||2.833||4||6|
|University of Nottingham||2.769||5||8|
|University of Sheffield||2.768||6||9|
|University of Durham||2.760||7||9|
|University of St Andrews||2.759||9||8|
|University College London||2.758||10||9|
|University of Edinburgh||2.752||11||9|
|University of Manchester||2.749||12||9|
a "Science" is taken to be the nine UoAs: 14A, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 32, 44, as in Bristol
b Bristol volume for UoA 22 (Applied Maths) has been reduced to 50% to Science (and the other 50% attributed to Engineering)
c Only institutions with at least 3 “Science” UoAs returned are included in list
d Mean Grade Point Average (GPA) value is calculated according to the amounts of 4, 3, 2 and 1* activity for each UoA weighted by the number of staff whose work was evaluated.
e Number of UoAs entered within Bristol Science remit