Founding Partners

University of Bristol

Since its formation in 1876,  the University of Bristol has become one of the leading institutions among the UK's Russell Group of universities and operates globally, where it is recognised for its research and academic excellence.

The University has a strong interdisciplinary approach and regularly features among the top ranking institutions in global league tables.

The University of Bristol’s mission is 'to pursue and share knowledge and understanding, both for their own sake and to help individuals and society fulfil their potential'. This is underpinned by a vision where the University of Bristol is an international powerhouse of learning, discovery and enterprise, whose excellence is acknowledged locally, nationally and globally, and that is:

  • dedicated to academic achievement across a broad range of disciplines, and to continuous innovation and improvement
  • research-intensive, supporting both individual scholarship and interdisciplinary or thematic research of the highest quality
  • a centre for intellectually demanding, research-informed education that nurtures independence of mind and helps students achieve their personal goals and serve society’s needs, both during and after their time here
  • an inclusive and collaborative community of scholarship that attracts and retains people with outstanding talent and potential from all walks of life and all parts of the world
  • a stimulating and supportive environment for all students and staff, distinguished by a commitment to high standards, respect for the individual and a strong sense of collegiality
  • committed to operating in a sustainable manner
  • engaged with society’s interests, concerns, priorities and aspirations
  • a major contributor culturally, environmentally and economically to Bristol and the South West
  • well led and responsibly run, with an emphasis on consultative decision-making and open communication as well as personal responsibility and accountability

Key to Bristol’s vision is a clear and consistent articulation of what it stands for and a dialogue with its many stakeholders and publics about the wide range of research and other activities carried out at the Institution - hence the University is often featured in many national and international media.

The University also plays a lead role in the city of Bristol’s cultural and economic well being and carries out an extensive programme of events and activities on behalf of the city, as well as being a keen supporter of partner organisations’ activities.

Strategic Partners

British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations. 

We work in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the ArtsEducation and Society. We believe these are the most effective means of engaging with others, and we have been doing this work since 1934. 

Our work in English aims to bring high quality language materials to every learner and teacher who wants them. In developing and post-conflict countries we teach English and train teachers through radio, web and TV broadcasts. We offer over three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.

Our work in Education and Society helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities. We encourage international students to come and study in the UK, and British students to experience life abroad. We bring schools around the world together so young people and teachers from different countries can share with and learn from each other.

Our work in the Arts involves the very best British and international artistic talent. We help increase audiences for international work in the UK and for UK work globally. We bring artists together and support the development of skills and policy in the arts and creative industries. Through this work we ensure that culture in its broadest sense plays a vital role in connecting with and understanding each other.

In these ways, the British Council builds links between UK people and institutions and those around the world, helping to create trust and lay foundations for prosperity and security around the world. 

I'm a Scientist - Get Me Out of Here

‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. It’s a free X Factor-style competitionbetween scientists, where the students are the judges. Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live CHATs. Then they ASK the scientists all the questions they want to, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

Independent Schools Association

Founded in 1879, the Independent Schools Association is one of the oldest of the independent schools’ organisations.  Since 2014, we have  been a registered charity and we are proud to promote our charitable objectives. ISA provides professional support to its 370+ member Headteachers. Staff of our Members’ schools benefit from high quality training opportunities and access to a wide range of membership services, while pupils enjoy an extensive programme of local and national Sporting, Arts and Cultural events. We value our reputation for offering warmth and professional, practical advice and we are delighted to offer an expanding range of member benefits.


Based in the Arnolfini in central Bristol, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) was established in 2008 as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement Initiative. Funded by the four UK Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust the NCCPE helps inspire and support universities to engage with the public. The Centre is hosted between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

Find out more about the our vision, mission and aims, and meet the NCCPE team.



Pint of Science

Pint of Science is an annual festival that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. This is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science and have a drink with them. Founded in 2012 by two previous researchers at Imperial College London, Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin, this simple idea brewed in a pub has grown into a global phenomenon. To date over 1500 events have taken place in the UK involving 1000s of researchers. Pint of Science takes place in over 25 cities in the UK as well as a further 100 cities in 12 countries around the world.

Soapbox Science

Founded in 2011 by ZSL research fellow Dr Nathalie Pettorelli and University Reader Dr Seirian Sumner from University College London, the aim of Soapbox Science is to promote the visibility of women in science, and simultaneously achieve wider participation in engaging the public with science in an accessible, fun, and unintimidating way. To date over 300 women from PhD students to professors have taken part in events. In 2017 Soapbox Science is expanding to 15 locations around the UK and Ireland and four international event in Australia, Germany, Canada and Italy.

The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC)

The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) brings together over 60 major science engagement organisations in the UK. Each year our members engage over 20 million people with the wonders of science.


Vitae champions the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Vitae’s vision is for world class personal, professional and career development of researchers.

Vitae is part of CRAC, an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to supporting career development and active career-related learning. CRAC has been working with the research councils since 1968 to deliver skills and career development for researchers.