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Highlights of the year

15 September 2017

'It is because of alumni and friends like you, who believe in what we stand for, who champion our cause and introduce us into conversations, who proudly talk about our ambitions, who actively help us to realise them by giving time and money – who enable us to take our next steps with even greater confidence. Thank you for believing in Bristol.’ Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Hugh Brady.

W‌olfson Foundation

Artist impression of the proposed new atrium. The atrium itself will integrate public art in the form of a brise soleil screen formed in a mathematical Voronoi diagram.

The Wolfson Foundation have donated £780,000 to help transform the Fry Building into a state-of-the-art facility capable of fulfilling our ambitions to grow student numbers and faculty size within the School of Mathematics. Already among the elite group of mathematics departments in the UK, this expansion will increase the School’s influence so that it may become one of the top 15 departments internationally. This donation will allow the School to expand in emerging areas of mathematics, building on our strengths in cybersecurity, data science, and scientific computation.

Scholarship helps Ethiopian student study volcanology at Bristol 

Scholarship recipient Tesfaye Temtime pictured here with George Elliston. Tesfaye will undertake a PhD at Bristol where he will focus his research on applying geophysical methods to the tectonics and geothermal processes of volcanoes in the Ethiopian Rift.

University friends of Bristol graduate Michael Dreyfus have set up a scholarship in his name, designed to help Ethiopian people better understand the threat volcanoes pose to life, livelihood and the landscape. ‘What was attractive to us as donors was the idea of giving an Ethiopian PhD student the opportunity to learn from Bristol’s first rate volcano specialists,’ says George Elliston, whose friend Michael died, aged 28, in the Rift Valley in Kenya. ‘By training these students, Bristol can extend its world reputation. It’s a nice way of keeping Michael’s memory alive in our hearts, and establishing continuity between successive Bristol generations.’

Remembering Bristol

Akosua-Rose Oppon, Law student and scholarship recipient, looks through the personal memorabilia documenting Sheila’s time at Bristol, now held by the University of Bristol Special Collections. 

Sheila Anderson (LLB 1956) graduated from Bristol and went on to pursue a successful career in law working both as a barrister and in-house lawyer. Having been awarded a State Scholarship when she came to Bristol, Sheila understood the life-changing impact of a Bristol education. Keen to give back to today’s students, Sheila left a legacy in her Will to create a permanent scholarship to support Law students in need of financial aid. ‘As a student who has come from a background of financial challenges, I am tremendously grateful to have received the scholarship. Not only has it taken a huge burden of debt off my shoulders, but it has also instilled a confidence in me to do well on behalf of the University and Sheila Anderson,’ says Akosua-Rose Oppon, a recipient of the grant. ‘I hope I do her justice to her grant by excelling in my prospective field as a Law student.’

Engineering alumnus lays foundation for Bristol’s future success

John Partridge is pictured with Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Hugh Brady to mark a seminal moment at the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the new wing of the Queens Building.

The foundations of John Partridge’s (BEng 1962, Hon DEng 2016) life and career were laid here at Bristol, and now he is laying down the foundations for future generations of engineers with a half-a-million-pound donation towards the new £13 million facility at the University of Bristol. ‘Engineering education is an important part of the UK’s future,’ says John. ‘I’ve benefitted from the education I received at Bristol and feel passionate about ensuring students in the future have access to the best courses, facilities and teaching.’ This generous gift will ensure that Bristol is able to provide its’ Engineering students with high quality facilities to include cutting-edge equipment for the new Electrical Engineering Teaching Laboratory as well as advancing innovative and practical teaching methods, which will allow our world-leading academics to inspire the next generation of Engineering students.

Further information

Thank you for believing in Bristol. Click here to return to our Benefactor's report 2016/17.