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Bristol University and abbreviated as Bris. Bristol is organised into six academic faculties composed of multiple schools and departments running over 200 undergraduate courses largely situated in the Tyndalls Park area of the city. Current academics include 21 fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 13 fellows of the British Academy, 13 fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 44 fellows of the Royal Society. Since the founding of the university itself in 1909, it has grown considerably and is now one of the largest employers in the local area, although it is smaller by student numbers than the nearby University of the West of England.
After the founding of the University College in 1876, Government support began in 1889. After mergers with the Bristol Medical School in 1893 and the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College in 1909, this funding allowed the opening of a new medical school and an engineering school—two subjects that remain among the university’s greatest strengths. In 1920, George Wills bought the Victoria Rooms and endowed them to the university as a Students’ Union.