The University is internationally renowned, ranked in the top 30 universities globally (QS World University Rankings), due to its outstanding teaching and research, its superb facilities and highly talented students and staff. The University of Bristol is globally distinguished, pushing the boundaries of knowledge to address the needs and concerns of the world in the 21st century - finding the answers to today's global challenges; educating tomorrow's leaders. We are dedicated to academic achievement at the highest levels across a broad range of disciplines, supporting both individual scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Our students benefit from an intellectually demanding, research-informed education that nurtures independence of mind and prepares them to achieve their personal goals and serve society’s needs across the globe, both during and after their time here.
The University was founded in 1876 as University College, Bristol. It was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men. See more about the University's history on the timeline.