Bristol University conducts a vast array of research and development projects related to the ETS sector through the BRITE Futures Institue, a multi-disciplinary research hub dedicated to sustainable development and environmental systems and technologies. BRITE acts as a vehicle for facilitating collaborative research and teaching between University departments, industry, charities, government, and other academic institutions. Public engagement and entreprenuerial activity are also strongly promoted through activities that communicate the positive impact of academic research on society. The university has strong links with BETS and often collaborates to host regular seminars and lectures on key topics within the ETS sector. In Autumn 2008, Bristol researchers also launched the Ecojam.org website, promoting Bristol's green and ethical scene and allowing a large group of people to share ideas and news to create a vision of Bristol as a sustainable city in 2020.
The research conducted within BRITE can be grouped under 6 overarching themes:
- Global Change
- Built Environment
- Transport and Communications
- Hazards and Risk
Through BRITE, Bristol university is developing a range of innovative environmental technologies. Recent highlights include a â‚¬980,000 award from the E.ON energy company for the development of a new solar power device, a $13 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of Aquatest, the worlds first low-cost, easy to use diagnostic tool for water quality and Heathrow airports installation of ULTRA (Urban Light Transport), a sustainable transport system developed through a university subsidiary company.
Academically the university also strongly promotes a range of new teaching initiatives linked to environmental technologies and sustainable development, offering modules in sustainable systems, power generation for the 22nd century, wind and marine power and engineering for the built environment. The university offers a range of ETS related programmes including courses in earth systems science, water and environmental management and an engineering doctorate in systems.
Please see www.bris.ac.uk/brite for more information.
TEACHING AND TRAINING
The University of Bristol offers a range of courses and teaching modules which are directly relevant to the Environmental Technologies and Services Sector. An overview of these is provided below, including information on how external companies can build links with the University through collaborative teaching and research.
The Faculty of Engineering has attracted over Â£75m in industrial and governmental research awards over the past five years, and has spent over Â£20m on infrastructure and laboratory equipment that will keep it at the forefront of teaching and research. Our Undergraduate Degree Courses provide students with a range of teaching modules focused on environmental systems and technologies, many of which feature significant input from external companies. These include:
- Sustainable Systems
- Engineering for the Built Environment
- Environmental Management
- Energy Management
- Power Generation for the 22nd Century
- Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power, which has been complemented by a cross-Faculty Project to design and build a wind powered vehicle for the international Aeolus Race.
During either the third or fourth year of their degree, all undergraduate students undertake a major research project and we always welcome the possibility of these being undertaken with industrial partners. This offers companies the ability to undertake collaborative research with the University at no financial cost, other than the time invested in helping to provide student supervision. Additional advantages include the chance to forge partnerships with senior University academics and a potential recruitment opportunity based on a thorough knowledge of the studentsâ€™ skills and work ethic. Some of our courses, such as the interdisciplinary MEng in Engineering Design, also enable students to conduct industrial placements at companies as part of their degree programmes. If you would like to find out more about potential student research projects and industrial placements, and gain advice on appropriate academics to contact, please contact Paul Harper at
. Examples of some of the main research interests in areas such as Sustainable Energy, Transport, Water and The Built Environment can be found on the Universityâ€™s BRITE Futures Institute website.
At a Postgraduate Level, the department of Civil Engineering offers a selection of courses in the field of Water & Environmental Management. In addition, our Systems Centre offers both Masters and Engineering Doctorate Programmes, which are run jointly with the University of Bath and involve collaborative research with industry. Environmental technologies have featured strongly in the range of projects undertaken and current partnerships exist with companies such as Tidal Generation Ltd, Halcrow, Arup and Advanced Transport Systems Ltd.
The Faculty of Science is the largest Faculty in the University, and embraces disciplines across the environmental sciences, the life sciences and the mathematical and physical sciences. Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses of direct relevance to the Environmental Technology Sector include Chemistry, Physics, Geographical Sciences and Earth Sciences.
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an internationally renowned research and teaching profile and the courses offered feature a strong emphasis on sustainable development and the environment. For example, programmes run by the School of Law include modules on â€˜Environmental Lawâ€™ and â€˜Planning Law and Sustainable Developmentâ€™.
In addition to the discipline focused courses outlined above, an interdisciplinary optional teaching module in â€˜Sustainable Developmentâ€™ was launched in 2005-06. This now attracts over 100 students per year and the University achieved a major environmental accolade in the Times Higher Awards as recognition of its success.
For general information on all courses and teaching modules offered by the University, please consult the Education Support Unitâ€™s Programme Catalogue. For information on recruitment and careers fairs, please contact the Universityâ€™s Careers Service.
Aeolus is a unique international competition for vehicles powered by wind turbines (www.windenergyevents.com). The next event will be held in September 2010 at Stauning Airport, Denmark, and will mark Bristol Universityâ€™s inaugural entry into the competition.