AAAdmissions Blog

This blog is maintained by the Undergraduate Admissions Tutors in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol. Here you will find FAQ answers and news updates on our admissions process. For more information, visit the Department home page or the undergraduate admissions home page.

Thursday, 8 August 2013


...and the living's not really easy, but pleasantly different at least. It's balloon fiesta week here in Bristol including twice daily mass ascents of hot air balloons over the city. The University is quiet without the students but there is still much to be done: planning staff and demonstrations for our forthcoming Open Day in September, timetabling and teaching preparation for next year, on-going research activities and administration. I'm finishing off a research paper on flight trajectory optimization, then off to a conference in Boston, and by time I'm back it'll be time to gear up for the new term.

A big week next week with the release of A-level grades. Good luck, especially to those waiting with our conditional offers. I'm sure there's nothing to worry about but if you do find yourself dwelling on "what if I miss?", it's been asked many times before and some information on our process can be found in this post. You might also spare a thought for those students taking other qualifications who already know they have narrowly missed their offers: they're having to wait until next week to find out if they're close enough to get in.

It's worth a few words on what our students are up to at the moment, although I don't have a complete picture of course. I know some of mine are doing internships, including one doing a summer placement at Lockheed and another finishing a year at NATS. Others are doing summer research placements around our various labs, including a few doing composite materials work and flying robotics. I've set my summer student the contradictory task of finding a big, light, slow model aircraft for our indoor flight lab and tracking it with cameras. Some students also have some studying to do as well for resits in September (yes, Universities do have them).

In Admissions we talk in 'cycles', from August to August and each leading up to a new intake of students in the immediately following September. If you're in the 2013 cycle, resolution draws near and we look forward to welcoming many of you on to our course in a few weeks time. If you're going to be in the 2014 cycle, we look forward to receiving your application and perhaps meeting you at an Open Day, if we haven't already.