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University of Bristol

The University of Bristol was founded in 1876; it was initially known as University College, Bristol. It was the first UK university to admit women on the same basis as men. The university is one of the largest employers in the area.

The tower of the university's Wills Memorial Building is a Bristol landmark and a symbol of the university.
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The university offers a diverse range of courses, but is most well known for its Medicine, Law and Engineering faculties. In 2001 Bristol University had the highest intake ratio of any British university with 11 applications to every place; the final intake of 2001 had an average A-Level score of 28.6 points.

The university has been regarded as being elitist, taking nearly half of its students from private schools. The university is trying to shake off this image, but despite having one of the highest application-to-place ratios is failing to make any significant progress.

In late February and early March 2003 the university became embroiled in a row about its admission policies, with some private schools threatening a boycott based on their claims that, in an effort to improve equality of access, the university is discriminating against their students.

In recent years, vice-chancellor Eric Thomas[?] has advocated the university moving away from undergraduate teaching and towards becoming a pure research university.

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In 1893 University College merged with the Bristol Medical School[?], and in 1909 the college merged with the Merchant Venturers' Technical College[?] to become the University of Bristol. At this point the university was granted a Royal Charter.

From 1929 to 1965 Sir Winston Churchill was the Chancellor of the university.

Among university properties is the student hall of residence Goldney Hall, which is a popular location for filming with the Chronicles of Narnia, the House of Eliott[?] and Berkeley Square being filmed there. The University also owns the Victoria Rooms, an impressive public hall with an imposing corner site.

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The Victoria Rooms now house the university's Department of Music.
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Staff alumni

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2003 Admissions policy dispute

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