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Bristol is an historic and pioneering city that's buzzing with creativity - and our University has been part of the neighbourhood since 1909.

Today we're one of the city's top employers, bringing together over 6,000 experienced staff and 24,000 highly motivated students and contributing over £720 million a year to the local economy.

By sharing expert knowledge, helping out as volunteers and engaging local communities, our students and staff contribute to the rich culture and diversity of the city.

Our links with local organisations and businesses connect the city to the classroom and help us drive innovation, support productivity and address real-world problems for the good of all.

Coming in 2021, our new campus will regenerate a key part of the city and help us do even more for the people of Bristol.

How can we help you?

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University of Bristol students give up tens of thousands of hours for volunteering every year. Through our Students' Union they lead and take part in a range of projects, including work in primary schools across the city to help children with reading and writing and workshops that inspire pupils. They also run schemes to support disadvantaged young people and led befriending and support groups for older people. Our students' contribution to the community was recognised in 2016 when they received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest national award for volunteering.

How can we help you?

Business and partnerships

If your organisation has a tricky problem, would like to develop its skill base, or is looking for high-quality recruits, the University of Bristol can help. In 2013 we worked with Bristol City Council to develop Engine Shed, a space where entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and students can collaborate and find inspiration. It houses the Bristol SETsquared Centre - the global number one university business incubator - which has created over 620 jobs and helped 77 companies raise £150 million in the last four years.

What can we do for you?

Two people working with laptops sat inside a pod within the engine shed
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the moon exhibition at the Wills memorial building
the moon exhibition at the Wills memorial building

Public Events

Earlier this year a giant replica of the moon was an out-of-this world experience for 16,000 visitors to the University. Created by renowned artist Luke Jerram, the ethereal artwork measured seven metres in diameter and featured detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and its own soundtrack, capturing the imagination of visitors old and young. The Museum of the Moon, was just one of several hundred free public events we organise each year, from TedX talks to festivals and lectures.

Why not join us?


From festivals to workshops in schools, the University of Bristol is regularly involved in engagement and sporting activities with both children and adults in our community. We run events to inspire, raise aspiration and provide insight into the research and teaching we offer. Just last month over 900 school pupils tried their hand at a range of alternative sporting activities as we looked to inspire a life-long love of sport and exercise.

Why not get involved?

Three young smiling girls hugging at a community play event
Three young smiling girls hugging at a community play event