UWE Bristol goes green and looks to the future

19 Sep 2016 - Barni Homden

The University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol recently cemented its reputation as one of the most forward-thinking universities in the country by committing itself to using 100% green electricity.

Initiatives like this are one of the reasons why UWE Bristol has long been considered one of the UK’s most progressive universities. This is in part a reflection of the city of Bristol itself, which is well known for being environmentally friendly, winning the European Green Capital award in 2015.

The University extends this focus on the future to its degree offerings, and is committed to providing its students with the knowledge and tools to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Students graduating with UWE degrees in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science or Environmental Resource Management could go on to help solve problems such as climate change, pollution and deforestation.

UWE’s pioneering thinking doesn’t end at its focus on the environment and green technology. It also gives students the chance to work in high-tech disciplines, at the cutting edge of modern technology and innovation. It is therefore no surprise that UWE Bristol is in the UK’s top 15 for Engineering, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

However, there are plenty of disciplines to choose from. Students excited by technology might be interested in degrees such as Aerospace Engineering, Digital Media, Games Technology, Robotics, or Architectural Technology and Design.

In fact, UWE’s robotics department recently caught the attention of British politician and Labour MP Chuka Umunna. Umunna visited the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) to find out more about the jobs of the future. While there, he met Professor Chris Melhuish, director of BRL, as well as UWE graduate Silas Adekunle, whose company is designing innovative gaming robots.

During his visit, Umunna said, “Seeing this work firsthand and the way it is helping start-ups illustrates how universities can support the regional and national economy, helping us to understand how technology is changing our lives and addressing the challenges we face.”

This dedication to preparing students for the jobs market of the future is already yielding fantastic results. In fact, UWE Bristol graduates enjoy an impressive record of graduate employment – 95% according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

International students can also benefit from the fantastic degrees available at the University. The on-campus UWE Bristol’s International College offers both a Foundation Certificate and a Pre-Master’s in Science and Engineering, enabling you to progress to a choice of many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University.

An International Year One in Engineering is also available, allowing students to progress directly to their second year of a bachelor’s degree.

Are you interested in working towards a brighter future at the University of the West of England, Bristol? Find out more about studying in one of Europe’s greenest and most tech-friendly cities on the UWE Bristol’s International College page.

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