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.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Thanks to everyone who has made the effort to attend one of our Wednesday visit sessions for offer holders today and last week. I know it's often been difficult due to travel and weather problems. I hope everyone has a safe trip home and a useful visit. To prove that the sun does sometimes shine in Bristol, here's a photo of Queen's Building I took last week, under both sun and moon.

For those who are yet to visit, or as a reminder for those who have been, here's an outline of what happens. Our goal for Wednesday is to give you an in-depth look at Bristol's Aerospace Department, particularly its facilities and people. You'll get tours of our wind tunnels and our composite manufacture and testing labs, guided by the academics who teach and research in them. Time permitting, you'll also get a look at our activities in dynamics and control, including our work in aerial robotics.  Every visiting offer holder gets an informal one-on-one appointment with a member of academic staff ("academic speed-dating", which is nowhere near as awful as it sounds).  Most importantly, lots of our current undergraduates will be around, and you'll be left in their company for a candid discussion about life as a Bristol Aero student.

Unfortunately we are unable to fit in a visit to any student accommodation.  Bristol's student residences are all some distance away from the precinct where the Aero department is located - well who wants to live right next door to their lab/office/lectures anyway?  While they're no more than a brief walk or bus ride away, it would take a chunk out of our afternoon to include them.  However, there is plenty of information on the Accommodation Office website, including video tours and details of each residence.  Also, it may be possible to arrange an individual visit when you're in town, e.g. on a Wednesday morning.  Please contact the residences directly to pursue this opportunity.  I don't know how easy it is to arrange and of course it depends on someone being available to host you.  Note you can also visit accommodation on any of our Open Days.

I'm pleased to see a good handful of people have already accepted our offers.  If you're still thinking about it, we have another five Wednesday sessions to come and find out more.  Please book early to avoid disappointment!