The University of Bristol
The University was founded in 1876 as University College, Bristol, with two professors and five lecturers offering courses in fifteen subjects. It was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men in all subjects (except in medicine). Receiving its Royal Charter in 1909, approved by King Edward VII, it is now internationally renowned, ranked in the top thirty universities globally (QS World University Rankings), due to its outstanding teaching and research, its superb facilities and highly talented students and staff.
Winston Churchill was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1929 to 1965. In this video
, Churchill can be seen wearing his official robes and speaking in his role as Chancellor at a ceremony to confer honorary degrees upon Australian Prime Minster Robert Menzies and US Ambassador Gil Winant, on 12 April 1941. The day this ceremony took place, Bristol was still reeling from severe bomb damage caused by the Luftwaffe
the day before. During his university speech, Churchill likened the fortitude of Bristol to that associated with ‘Ancient Rome and Modern Greece’.