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Faculty of Science

Organisational unit: Faculty

Organisation profile

The Faculty of Science is the largest Faculty within the University, with around 2,800 undergraduates, 900 postgraduates, and over 800 staff.

It consists of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Geographical Sciences, and the Departments of Earth Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Mathematics and Physics. The individual successes of these departments have played a major part in the University of Bristol's excellent reputation.

Science has established good cross-departmental and cross-faculty links in teaching and research, and offer an outstanding intellectual environment for both its staff and its undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research Centres within the Faculty are the Glaciology, Behavioural Biology, Organic Geochemistry, Environmental & Geophysical Flows, Interface Analysis, IT and Law, the Laboratory for Advanced Computation, and Quantum Information. There is also BRIDGE (Bristol Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment) in Geographical Sciences, and COGNIT (Cognition and Information Technology Research Centre) in Experimental Psychology. The very successful Molecular Recognition Centre links Science with the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences particularly well; the Quantum Information Group links Science with the Faculty of Engineering; and the School of Geographical Sciences provides an important interaction with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. There are strong and successful cross-faculty interactions in Climate Change, Cognition, Interface Analysis, Nanotechnology and Neuroscience.

Departments in the Faculty have also been successful in external links and awards. The Earth Sciences department is host to the NERC QUEST Centre on quantifying earth systems processes, and the Mathematics department is working in partnership with GCHQ on the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research. As well, the School of Chemistry was recently awarded one of HEFCE's Centres of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Bristol ChemLabS. The Faculty is also involved in the Academic Innovation Centre (AIC) at Emersons Green, a joint venture company set up by Bristol and Bath Universities, which will provide accommodation and business support for high-tech companies spun out from the Universities' research.

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Contact information

Faculty of Science Office
Royal Fort House
United Kingdom