Information for the public

Engagement is about creating an opportunity for people to exchange ideas and information and learn from each other. You can help to shape and inform research carried out at the University of Bristol, as well as gaining knowledge about topics and areas that interest you.

Support research development
The SPHERE project is researching sensor techonologies to be used in people's homes to help manage long term health conditions.  As part of this it is recruiting 100 families to help develop and test these new technologies; if you are interested in participating you can find out more details about the 100 homes initiative. The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) and SPHERE also run public advisory groups to help capture people’s thoughts, opinions and lay expertise and ensure their work is relevant, useful and acceptable to wider society. Contact Georgia Bladon and Ben Meller respectively for more information.

Work with students on a community project
Skills Bridge is a website which aims to make it easier for organisations and groups across Bristol to connect with both universities (University of Bristol and UWE, Bristol) on Student-Community Engagement projects. This includes businesses, social enterprises, schools and colleges, local authorities, charities and community groups. Our aim through this platform is to make it more straightforward for you to reach the university teams involved, either to start up new projects or join existing ones.

Whether you need a team of volunteers to help clear up a potential green spot, or research to inform a fundraising strategy, we can help match requirements to students’ skills and passions. Our focus is on projects and initiatives that help to make Bristol a fairer, happier and more sustainable city. There is no charge for this service. 

Take part in a public engagement activity
The University publishes full events listings, and you can sign up to What's On, our monthly highlights newsletter, by emailing your details to

Use our facilities
You can use the University’s libraries, with a number of specialist collections open by appointment. You can also access our sporting facilities. The Department of Music holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts in the beautiful Victoria Rooms, while Wickham Theatre showcases both student and professional performances.