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What did you say about Nonesuch?

24 January 2014

More than 1,260 of you completed our Nonesuch survey, from a wide range of age groups and faculties. Thank you.

Over 90 per cent of you regularly open the magazine, and 67 per cent spend more than ten minutes reading the articles. We received more than 500 comments so have used a word-cloud (opposite) to show how often you used particular words to describe the magazine. Here are just a few examples of the positive comments we received:

  • “Great magazine. I really appreciate the articles about Bristol’s leading research and how alumni are influencing the world.”
  • “I did a postgraduate distance-learning dental diploma at Bristol. I still enjoy receiving Nonesuch and place it in my waiting room after reading.”
  • “I feel very proud to be associated with Bristol University. I never cease to be amazed at how many contributions it makes over such a wide range of fields.”
  • “It's an excellent magazine. I have family and friends still in Bristol so love to see the changes when we visit. I feel very proud that I went to Bristol and always tell friends whose children are making choices what an excellent University it is.”

But you also brought some common themes and issues to our attention. Here we've tried to answer some of your more pressing questions:

“I would like to be able to read Nonesuch in a variety of electronic formats.”
In a changing media environment, many people now use tablets and phones to access magazine content online. But we also received many comments from alumni who treasure receiving a paper version of the magazine. We are now looking into how we can offer you a variety of ways to read Nonesuch, so you can choose the option that works best for you.

“I'd like to see more graduates featured who have had interesting lives, but who aren’t necessarily in the public eye or high achievers.”
We’d love to hear from you if you have an interesting story to tell. Often, we find out about alumni achievements through the mass media, but please do get in touch with us at if you, or someone you know, has a remarkable tale to tell.

“I would like to hear more about, or from, my department.”
Over the next few months, we’ll look at ways we can help departments get in touch with their alumni by email. We already send out newsletters on behalf of the School of Physics, Law and the University Sporting Club, so hope to include more departments to our list in the future.

“I would like to see more articles on topics other than science and technology, and more human interest stories.”
Work on the Spring 2014 edition of Nonesuch is already underway, to tie in with the 25th anniversary of the student newspaper, Epigram. And in future issues, we’ll continue to do our best to include a range of articles, so you’ll always find something of interest.