With the Clifton suspension bridge celebrating its 150th anniversary through a beautiful firework display, now is an opportune moment to consider why you might choose to study in Bristol. The UK is fortunate to have many high calibre aerospace departments, and choosing which to attend for three or four years as a student is no easy task.
This is a question often asked on Wednesday afternoons by students and parents alike; the key point we make in answer is that you should choose somewhere you feel you will be happy studying. Four years is a long time, and throughout you will need access to a comfortable environment for learning, the support of your friends and teachers, and the opportunity to engage in activities beyond your studies. The City of Bristol, with its small city charms, easy access to outdoor pursuits and convenient location, is a fabulous place to live, and one we recommend from years of personal experience.
Academically our department boasts not only an excellent record in teaching and research, but also deep industrial links fostered at an early stage through our design and research projects, with benefits to your future employability. Our proximity to the aerospace industry in north Bristol at Filton is what makes this possible.
Most importantly of all, after your offer is received, make sure come and visit us on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to hear first hand not only from us - the staff - also from our current students. They are conveniently identified by their blue t-shirts, and will be delighted to provide you with insights you might otherwise miss.
We look forward to meeting you soon, and happy Christmas!
(The festive image below is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of some seasonal characters. CFD is a technique used to model aerodynamic problems through computer simulation, and one of the many techniques you will be taught during your degree. The simulation here represents flow at four times the speed of sound).
Dr Tom Rendall
Dr Steve Burrow
Dr Pia Sartor