The University of Bristol has an excellent international reputation in research. In the latest independent assessment of research quality (RAE 2008), over 61 per cent of the research work assessed in 48 research fields at Bristol was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as ‘world leading’, or the 3* rating, classified as ‘internationally excellent’.
A new pattern of large-scale collaboration has been emerging, as more and more of the world's governments and institutions acknowledge that no single university - or indeed, nation - has the resources to address these global research problems alone
Research at the University of Bristol crosses both borders and disciplines. It brings together world-leading academics and rising stars to address key global issues and challenges; to find and explore new connections between disciplines; and to contribute to our understanding of the world.
The goals of modern research have never been so ambitious as they are now. The problems to be solved, the questions to be answered, have never been so complex. A new pattern of large-scale collaboration has been emerging, as more and more of the world's governments and institutions acknowledge that no single university - or indeed, nation - has the resources to address these global research problems alone. A pooling of resources - intellectual, infrastructural, financial - is the way forward.
The University of Bristol has long maintained a wide range of partnerships and interactions with academics, businesses, governments and charities across the globe and our staff and students collaborate daily with researchers worldwide.
This is not to overlook the impressive range of international collaborations conducted by individuals. You can find many examples by exploring our research pages, consulting our Directory of Experts and browsing the web pages of our academic staff.
The University attracts research funding from the world's most prominent grant-giving organisations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Research Council. It also attracts investment in research by industry and the business sector, and is involved in numerous international research collaborations.
Much of the co-ordination of these partnerships is undertaken by Research and Enterprise Development (RED), the University's in-house team of experts in every aspect of research support.
The RED website features an online gateway to information designed to guide academic staff and students through the process of applying for international funding and for funding to work with overseas partners.