The University of Bristol is a public red brick research university in Bristol, England. Founded in 1876, it received its royal charter in 1909 and has become the largest independent employer in Bristol. It is ranked 49th by the QS World University Rankings 2020, and ranked top 10 of UK universities in 2020. They combine academic excellence with an independent and forward-thinking spirit. Bristol graduates are influential in academia, policy and practice across the world.