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Buildings and sites

Bristol does not have a main campus but is spread over a considerable geographic area. Most of its activities, however, are concentrated in the area of the city centre, referred to as the "University Precinct". Some of the University of Bristol's buildings date to its pre-charter days when it was
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. These buildings were designed by
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, and suffered being built in stages due to financial pressure. The first large scale building project the University of Bristol undertook on gaining a charter was the
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. The architecture critic Roger Gill has stated that the building is "remarkable in size" but noted that the "ambience of a medieval University was strangely lacking". He goes on to criticise the building as a "sham" and a "folly". The armorials on the Founder's Window represent all of the interests present at the founding of the University of Bristol including the Wills and Fry families. Other notable buildings and sites include Royal Fort House, the , many large Victorian houses which were converted for teaching in the Faculty of Arts, and
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which house the Music Department and were designed by Charles Dyer. The tympanum of the building depicts a scene from ''The Advent of Morning'' designed by Jabez Tyley. Goldney gardens entered the property of the University of Bristol through George Wills who had hoped to build an all-male hall of residence there. This was prevented due to the moral objection of the then warden of Clifton Hill House who objected to the idea of male and female residences being in such close proximity. University records show that Miss Starvey was prepared to resign over the issue and that she had the support of the then Chancellor
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. Eventually land was purchased in Stoke Bishop, allowing the building of what has been described as a "quasi-
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" hall, Wills Hall, to which was added the Dame Monica Wills Chapel by George Wills' widow after his death. When Goldney did become student accommodation in 1956, the flats were designed by Michael Grice who received an award from the Civic Trust for their design. Burwalls, a mansion house on the other side of the
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, was used as a halls of residence in the past and was a home of Sir George Oatley. The building is now used to house the Centre for Continuing Education. Many of the more modern buildings, including Senate House and the newer parts of the HH Wills Physics Laboratory, were designed by Ralph Brentnall using funds from the University Grants Committee. He is also responsible for the extension to the Wills Memorial Building library which was completed to such standard that few now realise that is an extension to the original building.


Planned expansion

In November 2016, the university announced that it plans to build a £300 million Temple Quarter Campus for c. 5,000 students, next to
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within Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The new campus, which will include a
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business school
, digital research facilities and a student village, is expected to open in 2021. For the existing campus, there are plans to remodel Tyndall Avenue, pedestrianise the surrounding area and build a new library and resource hub.


Organisation and governance

In common with most UK universities, Bristol is headed formally by the
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, currently Sir Paul Nurse and led on a day-to-day basis by the
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, currently Hugh Brady, who is the academic leader and chief executive. There are four pro vice-chancellors and three ceremonial pro-chancellors. The chancellor may hold office for up to ten years and the pro-chancellors for up to three, unless the University Court determines otherwise, but the vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellors have no term limits. The vice-chancellor is supported by a deputy vice-chancellor. Responsibility for running the university is held at an executive level by the vice-chancellor, but the council is the only body that can recommend changes to the university's statutes and charter, with the exception of academic ordinances. These can only be made with the consent of the senate, the chief academic body in the university which also holds responsibility for teaching and learning, examinations and research and enterprise. The chancellor and pro chancellors are nominated by council and appointed formally by court, whose additional powers are now limited to these appointments and a few others, including some lay members of council. Finally, Convocation, the body of all staff, ceremonial officers and graduates of the university, returns 100 members to court and one member to council, but is otherwise principally a forum for discussion and to ensure graduates stay in touch with the university. The university is made up of a number of schools and departments organised into six faculties:


Faculty of Arts

* School of Arts ** Anthropology and Archaeology ** Film and Television ** Music ** Philosophy ** Theatre (see also the ) * School of Humanities ** Classics and Ancient History ** English ** History (Historical Studies) ** History of Art (Historical Studies) ** Religion and Theology * School of Modern Languages ** French ** German ** Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies ** Italian ** Russian * Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies * Centre for Innovation


Faculty of Engineering

* School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics ** Computer Science ** Electrical & Electronic Engineering ** Engineering Mathematics * School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering ** Aerospace Engineering ** Civil Engineering ** Mechanical Engineering ** Engineering Design ** Engineering with Management


Faculty of Life Sciences

* School of Biological Sciences * School of Biochemistry * School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine * School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience * School of Psychological Science


Faculty of Science

* School of Chemistry * School of Earth Sciences * School of Geographical Sciences * School of Mathematics * School of Physics ** Centre for Device Thermography and Reliability ** Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information ** Interface Analysis Centre


Faculty of Health Sciences

* Bristol Dental School * Bristol Medical School ** Population Health Sciences ** Translational Health Sciences * Bristol Veterinary School * Centre for Health Sciences Education ** Centre for Applied Anatomy ** Master's in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals


Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

* School of Education * School for Policy Studies
School of Management
* School of Accounting and Finance * School of Economics *Centre for Market and Public Organisation * School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies * University of Bristol Law School


Academic dress

The university specifies a mix of Cambridge and Oxford
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. For the most part, it uses Oxford-style gowns and Cambridge-style hoods, which are required to be 'university red' (see the logo at the top of the page).


Logo and arms

In 2004, the university unveiled its new crest. The icons in the crest are the sun for the Wills family, the dolphin for Colston, the horse for Fry and the ship-and-castle from the medieval seal of the City of Bristol, as also used in the coat of arms. The shape of the whole crest represents the open book of learning. This crest has replaced the university shown, but the arms continue to be used where there is a specific historical or ceremonial requirement. The arms comprise: The inscription on the book is the
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opening of the 124th Psalm, ''"If the Lord Himself had not (been on our side...)"''.


Academic profile


Admissions

Bristol had the 8th highest average entry qualification for undergraduates of any UK university in 2015, with new students averaging 485 UCAS points, equivalent to just above AAAaa in
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grades. Competition for places is high with an average 7.7 applications per place according to the 2014 Sunday Times League Tables, making it the joint 11th most competitive university in the UK. The university gives offers of admission to 67.3% of its applicants, the 8th lowest amongst the
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. According to the 2017 ''Times'' and ''Sunday Times'' Good University Guide, approximately 40% of Bristol's undergraduates come from independent schools. In the 2016–17 academic year, the university had a domicile breakdown of 78:5:17 of UK:EU:non-EU students respectively with a female to male ratio of 55:45.


Rankings and reputation

Internationally, the 2021
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placed Bristol at 58th overall in the world and 9th in the UK. The 2021 QS World University Rankings for Graduate Employability also placed Bristol at 58th in the world and 9th in the UK in terms of reputation with employers. Bristol was chosen as the ninth best university in the UK for the quality of graduates according to recruiters from the UK's major companies in 2015. The Times Higher Education World University Ranking placed Bristol at 87th globally and 10th in the UK in 2020. Another international ranking, the
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Academic Ranking of World Universities
, placed Bristol 64th globally and 8th in the UK in 2019. Bristol is ranked 47th in the world (and 6th in the UK) in the 2016 '' Round University Ranking''. The 2017 ''U.S. News & World Report'' ranks Bristol 76th in the world. In 2019, it ranked 120th among the universities around the world by ''
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' of top-ranked universities in the UK. According to data published in ''
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'', Bristol has the sixth-highest percentage of "good honours" of any UK university. In the 2010 Centre for Higher Education's Development's Excellence Rankings, Bristol is one of only four UK universities (Oxford, UCL and Manchester) to be rated Excellent in all seven departments. The University of Bristol was the second most targeted university by the UK's top 100 employers, according to the Graduate Market in 2019 report produced by High Fliers. The following courses offered by the University of Bristol managed to reach top 5 in ''The Times'' ranking (2008):
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(3rd); Electrical and Electronic Engineering (3rd); Civil Engineering (5th); Biological Sciences (3rd); Mathematics (3rd), and Psychology (4th). Furthermore, the
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place Bristol in the world's top 100 universities for all subject areas in 2011: Arts and Humanities (57th), Natural Sciences (40th), Engineering & IT (83rd), Social Sciences (65th) and Life Sciences (70th). A further breakdown of the QS World University Natural Sciences Ranking shows the following: Earth Sciences (25th), Mathematics (35th), Environmental Sciences (39th), Physics (41st), and Chemistry (48th). In addition, Bristol is particularly strong in the field of social sciences, particularly in economics, finance and management, and was rated fourth in the 2008 Guardian University Guide for Business and Management Studies. In 2011, ''The Guardian'' also ranked Bristol as third in the UK for geography, just behind second place Oxford and ranked Bristol as 1st in the UK for Music. In The Complete University Guide 2013, Bristol ranked fifth for German, fourth for Russian, third for mechanical and civil engineering, third for music and second for drama. Bristol is also known for its research strength, having 15 departments gaining the top grade of 5* in the 2001
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. Overall, 36 out of 46 departments rated gained the top two ratings of 5 or 5*, and 76% of all the academic staff working in departments scored these top two levels. In terms of teaching strength, Bristol had an average Teaching Quality Assessment score of 22.05/24 before the TQA was abolished. Bristol's drop-out rate is also lower than the benchmark set by HEFCE of no more than 3.1%.


Degrees

Bristol awards a range of
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s spanning bachelor's and master's degrees as well as junior doctorates and
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s. The
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awarded are the degree abbreviations used commonly among British universities. The university is part of the
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scheme, and awards the Eng. D. in
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,
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,
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aerospace engineering
and non-destructive evaluation. Bristol notably does not award by title any bachelor's degrees in music, which is available for study but awarded BA (although it does award MMus and DMus), nor any degree in
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, since divinity is not available for study (students of theology are awarded a BA). Similarly, the university does not award BLitt (Bachelor of Letters), although it does award both MLitt and
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. In regulations, the university does not name MD or DDS as
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s, although they are in many universities as these degrees are normally accredited professional doctorates. The degrees of DLitt, DSc, DEng,
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and DMus, whilst having regulations specifying the grounds for award, are most often conferred as honorary degrees (''in honoris causa''). Those used most commonly are the DLitt, DSc and LLD, with the MA (and occasionally the MLitt) also sometimes conferred honorarily for distinction in the local area or within the university.


Student life


Students' Union

The
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(Bristol SU) located on Queen's Road in the Richmond Building is a founding member of the National Union of Students and is amongst the oldest
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s in England. The union oversees three media outlets: UBTV, the Bristol University Radio Station () and the student newspaper ''
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''. There is also a local branch of ''
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The Tab
''. The Union is responsible for representing students' academic interests through elections of student representatives and democratic events. The Union is also responsible for the organisation of the annual Welcome Fair, the co-ordination of Bristol Student Community Action, which organises volunteering projects in the local community, and the organisation of entertainment events and over 400 student groups, societies and clubs. Previous presidents have included
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and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Öpik. There is a separate union for postgraduate students, as well as an athletic union, which is a member of the
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. In distinction to the "
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" awarded for sporting excellence at Oxford and Cambridge, Bristol's most successful athletes are awarded "reds".


Halls of residence

Accommodation for students is primarily in the central precinct of the university and two areas of Bristol:
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Clifton
and Stoke Bishop, known respectively as the West and North Villages. In Stoke Bishop, Wills Hall on the edge of the Clifton Downs was the first to be opened, in 1929, by the then chancellor, Winston Churchill. Its original quadrangle layout has been expanded twice, in 1962 and 1990. Churchill Hall, named for the chancellor, followed in 1956, then Badock Hall in 1964. At the time of Badock Hall's establishment, some of the buildings were called Hiatt Baker Hall, but two years later, Hiatt Baker moved to its own site and is now the largest hall in the university. The first self-catering hall in Stoke Bishop was University Hall, established in 1971 with expansion in 1992. In Clifton,
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was built first in the early 18th century by the wealthy merchant
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and eventually became part of the university in 1956. It is a popular location for filming, with ''
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'', ''
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'' and ''
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'', as well as episodes of ''
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'' and ''
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'', being filmed there. The
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in the grounds is a Grade I
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.
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Clifton Hill House
is another Grade I listed building now used as student accommodation in Clifton. The original building was constructed between 1745 and 1750 by
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, and has been used by the university since its earliest days in 1909. Manor Hall comprises five separate buildings, the principal of which was erected from 1927 to 1932 to the design of
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following a donation from
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. Manor Hall houses the largest and most dated rooms, some dating back to the early 20th century. One of its annexes, Manor House, has recently been refurbished and officially 'reopened' in 1999. On the central precinct sits The Hawthorns, a student house accommodating 115 undergraduate students. The house started life as a collection of villas built somewhere between 1888 and 1924 that were later converted, bit by bit, into a hotel by John Dingle. The Hawthorns also houses conferencing facilities, the staff refectory and bar, the Accommodation Office and the Student Houses Office. 33 Colston Street was opened in the city centre in October 2011 after the university acquired the property in 2009. Several of the residences in the central precinct are more recent and have been built and are managed by third-party organisations under exclusivity arrangements with the university. These include New Bridewell House, opened in 2016, which is in the former police HQ, it includes en-suite bedrooms and studios and is operated by Fresh Student Housing, Unite House and Chantry Court, opened in 2000 and 2003 respectively by the
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, as well as Dean's Court (2001, postgraduates only) and Woodland Court (2005), both run by the Dominion Housing Group. All of the main halls elect groups of students to the to organise the halls social calendar for the next year. Residents of student houses, private accommodation and students living at home become members of Orbital – a society organising social events for students throughout the year.


Sport

The university has its own rowing club, the
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is based at the Saltford Rowing Centre.


Suicide controversy

In November 2016, three first-year students died within a few weeks of joining the university. All three deaths were suspected suicides. ''The Guardian'' attributed the deaths to a mental health crisis caused by academic and social pressure. Between October 2016 and January 2018, seven students died by suicide. In May 2018, three students died suddenly during exam season. The university has received increasing criticism for its handling of these deaths and confirmed suicides. In March 2017, it was reported that five students committed suicide in the 2016/2017 academic year. Between August 2017 to 2019, a reported 11 university students committed suicide. A further student suicide was reported in August 2019. In September 2017, the university spent £1 million on well-being advisers following a string of students suicides. In April 2018, a suicidal student, Natasha Abrahart, also died by suicide after not having her anti-depressants for a month. The student in question was found dead in the day she was due to take a "terrifying" oral exam. The coroner criticised the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust whilst her parents blamed the university for lack of measures for her during the six month period she was struggling. In 2019, her parents are due to sue the university after the suicide. Another death by suicide, James Murray, occurred in the 2017/2018 academic year. He was kicked out of his course after missing a number of lectures prior to his death. Around late 2018, the university launched a new opt-in emergency contact system for students' parents, friends and guardians. The system, which was pressurised by the parents of Murray, alerts those concerned if the student if there were severe concerns about their wellbeing. The system, in which 94% of students opted in, was used 36 times in its first year. The vice-chancellor Hugh Brady, in February 2018, blamed the social media and "the cult of perfectionism" for the mental health crisis among young people following a string of student suicides. In 2019, students who attended a course based around the "science of happiness" by the university was found to have "significantly higher mental wellbeing than a control group". The course has both academic and practical elements and give academic credits with no exams. However, those who took the course online during the COVID-19 pandemic in England, COVID-19 pandemic did not feel happier but were more resilient than a control group. In addition there were certain caveats as most participants were white women.


Notable people


Academics

Current academics at the University of Bristol include 21 fellows of the
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, 13 fellows of the
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, 13 fellows of the
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and 44 fellows of the
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. These include, Sir Michael Berry (physicist), Michael Berry, one of the discoverers of quantum mechanics' "geometric phase", John Rarity international expert on quantum optics, quantum cryptography and quantum communication, David May (computer scientist), David May, computer scientist and lead architect for the transputer, Mark Horton (archaeologist), Mark Horton, a British maritime and historical archaeologist and Bruce Hood (psychologist), Bruce Hood, a world-leading experimental psychologist. Academics in computer science include, Dave Cliff (computer scientist), David Cliff, inventor of the seminal "ZIP" trading algorithm, Peter Flach, Mike Fraser (computer scientist), Mike Fraser, professor of human-computer interaction, Julian Gough (scientist), Julian Gough and Nigel Smart (cryptographer), Nigel Smart. Past academics of the university include, Patricia Broadfoot, vice-chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, Nigel Thrift, vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick, and Wendy Larner, provost of Victoria University of Wellington. Anthony Epstein, co-discoverer of the Epstein-Barr virus, was Professor of Pathology at the university from 1968 to 1982, Sir John Lennard-Jones, discoverer of the Lennard-Jones potential in physics and Alfred Marshall, one of the University College's principals and influential economist in the latter part of the 19th century. Mathematicians and philosophers Rohit Parikh and Brian Rotman lectured in the mathematics department, and philosophers of science Paul Feyerabend and Alexander Bird taught in the department of philosophy. Another notable current academic in the department of philosophy includes Havi Carel. Notable mathematicians who have worked in the department of mathematics include Hannes Leitgeb, Philip Welch, Ben Green (mathematician), Ben Green, Andrew Booker (mathematician), Andrew Booker, Julia Wolf, Jens Marklof, John McNamara (mathematical biologist), John McNamara, Howell Peregrine, Christopher Budd (mathematician), Christopher Budd John Hogan (mathematician), John Hogan, Jeremy Rickard, Richard Jozsa, Corinna Ulcigrai, David Evans (mathematician), David Evans and the statistician Harvey Goldstein. The University of Bristol is associated with three Ig Nobel Prizes, an award for unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. Sir Michael Berry (physicist), Michael Berry shared the award (with Andre Geim, a Nobel Laureate) for using magnets to levitate a frog. Gareth Jones also shared an Ig Nobel prize for scientifically documenting fellatio in fruit bats. Dr. Len Fisher was awarded the 1999 prize for physics for calculating the optimal way to dunk a biscuit.


Alumni

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Paul Dirac
, physicist
Bristol alumnus
Paul Dirac Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was an English theoretical physicist who is regarded as one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century. Dirac made fundamental contributions to the early develop ...

Paul Dirac
went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933 for his contribution to the formulation of quantum mechanics and is considered one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century. Other notable scientists include Dani Rabaiotti, an environmental scientist and science communicator, and Eliahu Nissim, a professor of aeronautical engineering, and the president of the Open University of Israel. Writers to have studied at Bristol include Dick King-Smith, Sarah Kane, Angela Carter, Dorothy Simpson, David Gibbins, Mark Simmons (author), Mark Simmons, Olivier award-winning playwright Laura Wade, and David Nicholls (writer), David Nicholls, author of the novel ''Starter for Ten (novel), Starter for Ten'', turned into a screenplay set in the University of Bristol. In government and politics, notable alumni include Albert II, Prince of Monaco, former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Öpik, who was president of Bristol University Students' Union during his time, Jonathan Evans, Baron Evans of Weardale, Sir Jonathan Evans, former head of MI5, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission from October 2012 to January 2017, and Paul Boateng, the UK's first Black Cabinet Minister. In current affairs, former students include journalist and ''McMafia'' author Misha Glenny, BBC News Chief Political Correspondent James Landale (who founded the university independent newspaper ''
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''), author and journalist Julie Myerson, editor-in-chief of the Telegraph Media Group William Lewis (journalist), William Lewis, editor-in-chief of The Observer Will Hutton, Radio 4 presenter
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, newsreader Alastair Stewart, and Sky News US Correspondent Dominic Waghorn. ''BBC Breakfast'' and ''Good Morning Britain (2014 TV programme), Good Morning Britain'' anchor Susanna Reid was an editor of ''Epigram''. In entertainment, former students include rapper Shygirl, singer James Blunt, illusionist Derren Brown, comedians Jon Richardson, Marcus Brigstocke (who did not graduate), Matt Lucas and David Walliams, actors Simon Pegg and Chris Langham, anime YouTuber Gigguk, ''Brass Eye'' creator Chris Morris (satirist), Chris Morris and ''Stath Lets Flats'' creator Jamie Demetriou. Notable alumni from the Film and Television Production department include film directors Mick Jackson (director), Mick Jackson, Michael Winterbottom, Marc Evans, Christopher Smith (director), Christopher Smith, Alex Cox, Peter Webber and Maddie Moate. Other alumni include Anne McClain, member of the 2013 NASA Astronaut Class, mathematician Iain Gordon, long jumper Jazmin Sawyers, and Luke Bond (organist), Luke Bond, an organist at Windsor Castle, amongst many others.


See also

* CHOMBEC * Education in Bristol * List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945) *


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