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What is Skills Bridge?

Skills Bridge aims to harness the potential of Bristol’s students to solve local and global challenges. We help organisations to connect with students at the two universities in Bristol, setting up projects which utilise the skills and knowledge of both students and the community to work in partnership for the benefit of all. We support businesses, social enterprises, schools and colleges, local authorities, charities and community groups to access student volunteering, internships and research projects. Skills Bridge is a joint initiative of the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

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Bristol Green Capital Partnership

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Bristol Green Capital Partnership is a unique partnership of organisations working together to build a sustainable Bristol with a high quality of life for all. We are working with their members to increase the number of opportunities for students to engage in sustainability-related projects in the City. Join the Partnership for free.

Funded Internships

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University of Bristol and UWE Bristol offer funding for organisations to recruit a part- or full-time student or graduate intern. This helps to give students valuable work experience in the city, paid at the Living Wage…

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Research Questions

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Undergraduate and Postgraduate students from both universities usually undertake an in-depth research project in the final year of their degree programme…

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Make Life More Absurd

Research aim: To use participatory processes to design low-budget interventions into small-scale spaces in order to change perceptions and encourage a diverse range of users to create a vibrant high street.


Redcliffe Warf Outdoor Swimming

Research aim: How can an intervention encourage clean, safe and financially viable swimming within Bristol Harbour, while benefitting the local community during Bristol's European Green Capital Year of 2015?


UWE 2015 End of year Show

Research aim: To design a coherent exhibition using simple display systems to enable multiple disciplines to display varied project work in a way that can be relocated.


Revitalising the Highstreet

Research aim: Can we build social capital within one of the poorest communities in Bristol through architectural initiatives? Could the creation of an architectural vision empower the community to create better places?