About the Faculty of Arts
We pride ourselves on offering unique resources for research. Bristol’s Theatre Collection, which features 1.5 million items dating from 1572 to the present, is one of the largest archives of British theatre history in the world, shedding rich light on many disciplines. The Brunel Collection is the world’s finest archive of Isambard Kingdom Brunel source material. Alongside other University Special Collections, the Allen Lane Penguin Archive provides further exceptional opportunities for original projects.
We are a key member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), a scholarly community linking eight leading universities and prestigious sector partners. The DTP offers bespoke training and resources for groundbreaking academic research and a lifetime of intellectual endeavour.
The faculty is renowned for its research activity and many of our staff are well known internationally in their subject area and in the media. The distinctive combination of individual disciplines and cross-disciplinary collaborations creates a vitality and vibrancy, which is reflected in our full schedule of research events, from regular subject seminars to major international conferences.
The Faculty of Arts hosts six research centres, which exist as hubs for innovative research that crosses disciplines. These are: the Centre for Black Humanities, the Centre for Environmental Humanities, the Centre for Health, Humanities and Science, the Centre for Material Texts, the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Science and Philosophy.
These centres nurture and promote individual and collective research excellence from across the Faculty of Arts. They reflect a research environment in a faculty where interdisciplinary collaboration flourishes. The centres also encourage ongoing conversations with the public, engaging new audiences with our research activities and helping us shape emerging ideas.
Through these centres, we look beyond what has historically characterised the arts, in order to redefine what we think of as the arts.
We are proud of our large cohort of research students and encourage them to develop their skills and knowledge by playing a full role in our research culture alongside academics at the forefront of their disciplines.
Strengths of the faculty
The Faculty of Arts provides world-class academic and professional training for more than 600 postgraduates across a broad range of academic disciplines. Our researchers deal with subjects at the core of human experience; students write and think about the cultural, intellectual and social inheritance of the world’s peoples, past and present.
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