About us

University of Bristol is a leading international institution, providing education and training from foundation years through to advanced postgraduate training. Compass CDT is based in the School of Mathematics (Faculty of Science), which was ranked in the most recent national research assessment exercise REF2021 4th in the UK. Overall, the University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK, with a remarkable 94% of its research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Find out more about the University’s REF 2021 results. 

“It is a testament to all our staff, researchers and students in the Faculty of Science that the University of Bristol is the only institution to have all these subjects in the top 5 of their respective REF2021 subject areas. This speaks to the extremely high quality of our research and the environment in which we conduct it, as well as the demonstrable impact it has on our society and the world we live in.” Professor Jens Marklof, Dean of the Faculty of Science.  

Over the last decade, the wider team of Compass academics has successfully supervised over 100 PhD students. These students are in great demand and have been quickly employed by companies such as Adarga, Arm, BAE Systems, BBC, BBVA, Cray, Dyson, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hargreaves Lansdown, Intel, Philips, Redhat, Sony, Swiss Re, Toshiba & the UK Government.

Members of the Compass team have won over £50M of EPSRC research funding, as well as a greater amount in total from the MRC, ESRC, BBSRC, NERC, Heilbronn Institute, Wellcome, Leverhulme, ERC & EU, MOD, NIHR, Chinese Scholarship Council, US National Institutes of Health and NSF, Met Office & Alan Turing Institute. Our team includes Fellows of the Royal Society, the British Academy & the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).

Many of these members of academic staff are now prominent members of the Teaching and Leadership Teams for Compass. 

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Faculty of Science excels in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Bristol’s Faculty of Science has been shown to lead the UK in the most recent national research assessment exercise, REF2021 across its five Units of Assessment (UOAs) according to the Times Higher Education analysis. Read more here


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