Facts and figures

Senior Officers of the University
PositionName
Chancellor Sir Paul Nurse
Pro-Chancellors Mrs Mary Prior, Professor Richard Hodder-Williams, Mr Roger Holmes
Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Guy Orpen
Pro Vice-Chancellors Professor Nishan CanagarajahProfessor John IredaleProfessor Erik LithanderProfessor Judith Squires
Registrar and Chief Operating Officer Ms Robin Geller
Deputy Registrar Ms Lynn Robinson
Ratio of applications to places 2016/17
FacultyNumber of applicants
Arts 7.3
Biomedical Sciences 7.9
Engineering 8
Health Sciences 14.4
Science 6.9
Social Sciences and Law 8
Average UCAS tariff scores 2016/17
FacultyUCAS score
Arts 431
Biomedical Sciences 429
Engineering 493
Health Sciences 455
Science 448
Social Sciences and Law 442
Undergraduate students 2016/17
FacultyNumber
Arts 4,163
Biomedical Sciences 1,069
Engineering 2,547
Health Sciences 2,410
Science 4,070
Social Sciences and Law 3,746
Total 18,005

Notes: The following students are included in the above figures: Students with an enrolled registration status including successful, temporarily suspended studies, registered, withdrawn, repeating a year or pending board. The following students are not included in the above figures: Status of no show, provisional, provisional returner, in-year transfer; dormant or writing up; Faculty 0 (Non Faculty); students on non standard programmes including visiting students, incoming study abroad, non degree, occasional students, students studying at Theological college, pre-sessional, or life long learning. 

Figures supplied by Student Systems and Information

Known destinations of graduates 2015/16
DestinationPercentage
Full-time paid work 57.3%
Full-time further study 20.5%
Working part-time 7.5%
Travelling 6.0%
Unemployed 4.6%
Due to start a job in next month  2.2%
Part-time further study 0.9%
Doing something else 0.9%
Total 100%

The information above was collected as part of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. All UK and EU first degree graduates were surveyed approximately six months after they completed their course.

Figures supplied by the Careers Service

Postgraduate students 2016/17
FacultyTaughtResearch
Arts 352 251
Biomedical Sciences 55 172
Engineering 339 471
Health Sciences 613 257
Science 163 617
Social Sciences and Law 2418 335
Totals 3940 2103

Notes: The following students are included in the above figures: Students with an enrolled registration status including successful, temporarily suspended studies, registered, withdrawn, repeating a year or pending board. The following students are not included in the above figures: Status of no show, provisional, provisional returner, in-year transfer; dormant or writing up; Faculty 0 (Non Faculty); students on non standard programmes including visiting students, incoming study abroad, non degree, occasional students, students studying at Theological college, pre-sessional, or life long learning. 

Figures supplied by Student Systems and Information

Postgraduate degrees 2016/17*
FacultyTaughtResearch
Arts 204 89
Biomedical Sciences 25 41
Engineering 211 115
Health Sciences 254 62
Science 115 182
Social Sciences and Law 1515 124
Totals 2324 613

*Number of degrees awarded in 2016/17.

Figures supplied by Student Systems and Information

Staff statistics
CategoryCore-funded: full-timeCore-funded: part-timeExternal/split-funded: full-timeExternal/split-funded: part-time
Professional/Administrative Services 1,365 679 227 218
Clinical Academic 21 54 86 42
Operational Services 337 398 0 0
Research and Teaching 1228 369 1122 320
Technical Services 240 73 112 52
Totals 3,191 1,573 1,547 632
Grand total 6,943      

Figures as at January 2018. Numbers are "appointments" rather than "people". All 100% core-funded staff are described as "core-funded", all other staff are described as "External/split-funded" (including where funding is "internal").

Figures supplied by Human Resources

Key financial figures 2016/17
 Amount
Total income £608.0m
Capital investment including software £107.3m
Surplus before other gains and losses £47.2m

For more details refer to the Financial Statements

Figures supplied by the Finance Services

History

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.

Organisation

The University organises its academic affairs in some 25 academic schools which are arranged into six faculties. More information about the governance of the University is available.

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