Bristol alumni celebrated in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours list


Each year, the King’s Birthday Honours list recognises the outstanding achievements and dedicated services of individuals committed to our society. This year, we are delighted to announce that 18 remarkable Bristol alumni and staff have been recognised for their contributions to health, community, education, the arts, and more.

We take great pride in celebrating their accomplishments and the incredible impact they have made. (more…)

Reflections from our #TeamUoB 2024 London Marathon Runners

A massive congratulations to our six #TeamUoB runners who ran the London Marathon in April, raising an incredible £14,313 in support of the Healthy Minds programme!

Healthy Minds supports students dealing with mental health challenges by offering personalised physical activity plans and access to sports facilities. Students are paired with a mentor from the University fitness team with advanced mental health training to guide and support them throughout their participation in the programme.

Thanks to the money raised by our 2024 London Marathon runners, even more students will be able to feel the benefits of physical activity on their wellbeing.

Andrew Ford, member of the Healthy Minds team at the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health said: ‘I wanted to send a huge congratulations to all the runners who participated in the London Marathon. Hearing about your stories and experiences from the day has been truly inspiring and your generosity in supporting our program is remarkable, and it means that even more students facing wellbeing concerns will receive the support they need.’

Read on to hear our runner’s reflections from race day. (more…)

On George Odlum: Dr Anderson Reynolds on the life of Bristol’s first Black Student Union president

George Odlum stood in conversation with a fellow student (both wearing formal gowns) and Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II is seated at the table beside Odlum.
George Odlum with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and a fellow student (image courtesy of the University of Bristol’s Special Collections archive)

During his time at the University of Bristol, Saint Lucian politician George Odlum (BA 1959) was the first Black student in any UK university to become president of the Students Union and went on to become a leading voice in Caribbean politics during a time of significant social change. Although Odlum died 20 years ago, his legacy lives on. Below, Dr Anderson Reynolds shares insights into Odlum’s life from his recently published book, They Called Him Brother George: Portrait of a Caribbean Politician. (more…)