- Education in Bristol
Bristolis the largest city in South West England, and as such is a centre for culture, research and higher education in the region. The city is home to a prestigious "red brick university" and a high ranking "new university." The city is also noted for its investment in the sciences and engineering, particularly its ties to the aerospace industry.
List of schools in Bristol."
Bristol has some of the most under-performing
schoolsin England, but also some of the highest performing schools in the country.Fact|date=March 2007
Bristol has 2 main sixth forms, they are
St. Brendan's Sixth Form Collegeand Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre. St. Brendan's Campus is located in brislingtonjust off the main route through; Redcliffe Sixth Form is, however, located closer to the centre of Bristol, and is to the west of Bristol Temple Meadstrain station and in close proximity to St Mary Redcliffe Church to the north.
Bristol has 2 main colleges, they are
City of Bristol Collegeand Filton College. The City of Bristol College's main campus is located on St George's Road, near College Green with many smaller sites across the city; Whilst Filton College is based at Filtonand the surrounding areas.
Bristol has 2 main universities they are
University of Bristoland University of the West of England(UWE). Bristol Universityhas 15,000 students. Its particular strengths lie in Medicine, Engineering, Psychology, Economics, Management, Politics and Law. The University usually ranks in the top ten of British universities in newspaper league tables and was ranked 49th in the world in 2006, rising to 37th in the world in 2008.
UWEhas around 35,000 students and 3,000 academic staff, UWE is the larger of the two universities in the city. 86% of students at UWE are from state schools.
In 2005 the
Chancellor of the Exchequerrecognised Bristol's ties to science and technology by naming it one of three "science cities", and promising funding for further development of science in the city, with a £300 million "Science Park" planned at Emerson's Green. As well as research at the two universities and Southmead Hospital, science education is important in the city, with At-Bristol, Bristol Zooand Bristol Festival of Naturebeing prominent educational organisations.
The city has a history of scientific achievement, including
Sir Humphry Davy, the 19th century scientist who worked in Hotwellsand discovered laughing gas. Bishopston has given the world two Nobel Prizewinning physicists: Paul Diracfor crucial contributions to quantum mechanicsin 1933, and Cecil Frank Powell, for a photographic method of studying nuclear processes and associated discoveries in 1950. The city was birth place of Colin Pillinger, planetary scientist behind the Beagle 2Mars lander project, and is home to Adam Hart-Davis, presenter of various science related television programmes, and the psychologists Susan Blackmore, Richard Gregory, and Derren Brown.
Initiatives such as the
Flying Start Challengehelp encourage secondary school pupils around the Southwest to take an interest in Science and Engineering. Links with major Aerospace companies promote technical disciplines and advance student’s understanding of practical design.
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