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Reimagining Bristol’s future

15 September 2017

A landmark £10 million gift from alumnus Hugh Sloane (BSc 1977) and the Sloane Robinson Foundation will support the creation of the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus (TQEC). This visionary support – the University’s largest ever single gift – will be central to reimagining Bristol as one of the world’s great civic universities and the regeneration of our city.

The TQEC, on a site adjoining Brunel’s iconic Temple Meads train station, will be the first such development in a generation. It will revolutionise teaching and learning and build on Bristol’s reputation as one of the world’s leading digital cities. Business education will be co-located with world-class science and engineering research and development. There will also be a focus on digital innovation at scale and the skills pipeline to support the digital economy.

Education will be challenge-based and new degree programmes will be designed in collaboration with global and local businesses and partner organisations, to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resilience to thrive and lead in our rapidly evolving world.

Hugh Sloane, who graduated in 1977 with a degree in Economics and Politics, said, ‘This is one of the few times in the last 50 years where an opportunity has arisen to build a new campus right in the heart of a UK city. My support for the project stems from its focus on postgraduate and multidisciplinary education with an international outlook. Without world-class education and research, we will not be able to address some of society’s biggest challenges, from economic inequality to future health care needs. The new campus and academically challenging degree programmes will attract the best and brightest from around the world.’

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Hugh Brady said: ‘I would like to thank Hugh Sloane and the Sloane Robinson Foundation for their tremendous generosity and their confidence in our bold ambitions. Hugh is a very proud Bristol alumnus and a hugely successful businessman and the project will be so much better for his input. Our campus will be a beacon for collaboration, inclusion, evolution and opportunity. It will not only help secure the future growth and success of the University and the city, but will add in a major way to the future success of the UK.’ Right: Artist’s impression of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

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