I took advantage of a crisp autumn Saturday to walk over to my local icon, the Clifton suspension bridge, and took the above photo. What has this to do with Aerospace Engineering Admissions? Not a lot, but I think I can be forgiven for sharing a bit of life in Bristol.
We have received about 440 applications altogether so far, about 55 up compared to this date last year. Furthermore, the standard seems to be very high indeed. After a review this week, we have decided to release about 40 extra offers. We have to do this in a managed, cautious way, as we don't know what applications are yet to come. Effectively, the bar starts insanely high, and then we can adjust downwards a bit as the standard emerges. Sorry for the agony this causes to those of you who are still waiting. I know there are many well qualified applicants in this difficult situation and I hope to make offers to many more of you. However, it is a competitive process and I only have so many offers to make. We will be regularly reviewing the position over the coming months.
On Wednesday, I met with our student helpers to finalize plans for our Wednesday afternoon taster sessions, the first of which is in December 4th. If you already have an offer or you get one this week, please give some thought to giving us a visit before Christmas if you can. We have two dates available in December, the 4th and the 11th. After that, we take a break again until February, after the January exams. I appreciate the appeal of waiting until after then to do your visits, but they do get heavily subscribed and we can only accommodate so many people. Those of you who patiently followed me in a huge group around the labs at the September Open Day will understand the attraction of a quieter visit day!
Our Wednesday taster sessions aim to offer you something much more in-depth than an Open Day. We'll give you more details on the course structure plus a sample lecture, either on aerodynamics or flight controls, to give you a taste of that aspect of Aerospace life. You'll also get much more opportunity to meet the people in the Aerospace Department, including current students and academic staff. We want you to be able to make an informed decision about your university, so our goal for Wednesday is to give you as much experience of Bristol Aero life as we can in an afternoon.