(Bristol Royal Infirmary)
South Bristol is by far the largest academy with over 8000 staff members and a turnover of almost half a billion. Often thought of as just the BRI, UHBT is in fact formed of nine hospitals from the top of St Michael’s Hill right the way to Callington road. Whilst UHBT might not look like much on the outside it is a UK top 40 trust and it has internationally recognised centres of excellence for cancer, cardiac surgery and child health.
The admin staff are really welcoming and will help you in any way to point you in the right direction. They are located in Dolphin House, where you will also find the common area for students.
Most student life in the BRI revolves around Dolphin House: with the common room, computer and locker room as well as the Kate Walter Lecture Theatre. The large common room area is relaxed with table tennis, some well-loved sofas, a sink, a kettle and a microwave. A bike shed and lockers are free to use. To get access to the bike shed just get in touch with site security – or ask the admin team for guidance.
There are a number of shops inside (M&S) and outside and cafes (Costa). NHS discount always helps!
FUN FACT ABOUT THE BRI:
One of the wards is actually a Squash court! (Go to the bursars office on the right just after going into the Queen’s building front entrance to book a slot if you want to try it out!)
“The BRI can be a little daunting at first (there are so many wards and corridors!) but once you settle you in, you soon realise how many opportunities you can get involved with. It is also great being in Bristol as it is easier to carry on with extra-curricular activities.”
“This is one of the largest academies so not as many teaching fellows to students – it sometimes can be challenging placement. But it’s a great place because you’re able to control your own learning whilst living in Bristol too. Whatever your opinion of the place, there’s no denying that the admin team is surely one of the best!”