Bristol University - Civil Engineering ReputationWatch
In addition to being a Russell group university, University of Bristol has the only shaking table (earthquake testing) in the country! Neither Imperial or Cambridge has this facility.
It has very good graduate prospects and knowledgable lecturers.
2. Are the university facilities and teaching methods modern/uptodate?
3. How much is your workload? (specifically for enginering students if possible)
4. Is there a good atmosphere in the university?
5. Why do people choose Bristol University? (Advantages and disadvantages of this university againts others such as Imperial, UCL, etc)
1. This is quite a generic question. What I can say is that all lecturers are genuinely passionate about their subject and they try their best to accommodate us. While some lecturers maybe busier than others, they are willing to help us to their best ability.
2. The university facilities may seem a bit basic in 1st year. However, as you progress through your degree, you are allowed to use more advanced facilities. For example, we have recently used the earthquake testing table. (Only one in the country! Not even Imperial or Cambridge has this. )
3. Again, workload varies depending on year.
In 1st year, I guess it's more relaxed because it doesn't count towards your final degree. After 1st year, workload picks up, it gets more challenging but more interesting! Around 20-26 contact hours in 1st and 2nd year. In 3rd and 4 year, contact hour reduces but more independent study.
4. I would say atmosphere is pretty good, and it is definitely improving because the university is investing a lot into student satisfaction, e.g. the student union refurbishment and engineering building expansion, etc.
a) Bristol is a great city! A amazing combination and collection of clubs and restaurants. There is always something to do!
b) Bristol being a Russell group university, its reputation is great and employers love Bristol graduates, even more than Oxbridge sometimes! This might be because Oxbridge degrees are too theoretical while Bristol offers a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge.
c) In terms of graduate prospects, we have a Industrial Liaison office that specifically helps you to find internships and create industry connections for you.
d) World leading research, Bristol ranked 29th in the world.
d) Friendly environment with intellectual cohorts. As you can see from some league table, the entry standard is top 5 in the country, which means you can surround yourself with intelligent people and actually learn from them.
a) Student Satisfaction might not be as high as other universities. However, the university is working hard to improve that.
b) It's not London? I guess it can both be an advantage and disadvantage.
c) Living costs is relatively high, accommodation is possibly second highest just behind London.
d) Access to sports is quite expensive. (£200 for a one year peak sports pass)