Sorry for the long silence. Various things have kept me busy over the last couple of months, including writing a machine learning code for our autonomous quadrotor and finalizing our paper on trajectory planning for the forthcoming joint EU-US Air Traffic seminar in Chicago. Teaching continues of course, and I'm pleased to have just finished marking the third year helicopter control lab reports. Meanwhile my final year research students wrapped up their eclectic mix of projects on catapult launchers, cooperative helicopters, robot aerobatics, London weather and- I kid you not- whiskers for quadrotors. Welcome to the hectic whirl of Bristol life.
Our side of the admissions process is just about finished: we've made all our offers and have only a handful of late applications left in the system. Our regrets to those of you who didn't get offers: we've had another year of strong application numbers so competition has again been tough to get the offers. Thanks to those offer holders who came to one of our Wednesday afternoon taster sessions. We hope you found it interesting. (My flight simulator is now enjoying its annual maintenance period.)
All that's left now is for our offer holders to respond. I'm pleased to see a healthy number of you accepting our offer already, up from this time last year, on top of a spike in the number of people making us their insurance choice. For the remainder, it falls to me to try and help you with one of the handful of questions you must be juggling right now: why Bristol?
Hopefully, between web sites, open days and visit days, our much celebrated six things you should know about Aerospace at Bristol are familiar to all of you, and they cover the key points about our course and Department. If not, refresh your memory via the link.
Bristol is also simply a great place to live, mixing all the amenities you'd want from a city with easy ways out for unwinding. I can tell this by how often I bump into former students who are still living nearby, and it helps further that we have most of Europe's aerospace industry on our doorstep.
Of course, I realise that there's only so much help I can be with your decision making, biased or otherwise. Much of your university experience will be shaped by what you and those around you make of it anyway. I hope we've managed to give you a feeling of what Bristol life could be like and, of course, I hope you liked what you found. If your instincts bring you here, we look forward to welcoming you.