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									                           Aerospace Engineering

                            Induction Information

The following notes are intended to be useful to all new members of the department.
They assume that you are totally new to the Aerospace Engineering Department, so if
you aren’t you will probably already know a lot of the information in this handout.
Whilst we hope these notes will be useful to you, it is impossible to predict all of the
questions which may arise, so in the event that you have a question which is not
answered here please don’t hesitate to ask.

General Structure of the Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty Postgraduate Admissions office is room 1.48. Please go to this office to
register as a postgraduate student if you missed the registration day at the start of the
academic year.

The labs are situated below the Aerospace Department and in the BLADE buildings. The
laboratories are supported by Faculty technical staff overseen by Brian Butler—Technical
Manager for the Faculty. The three lab areas in Queen’s Building each have individual
 Materials & Structures: Dave Hooper,
 Earthquake, Dynamics and Wind Tunnels: Alan Bishop
 Workshop: Ivan Laver

Six principle departments:
     Aerospace Engineering/Avionics—Queens Building
     Civil Engineering—Queens Building
     Mechanical Engineering—Queens Building
     Engineering mathematics—Queens Building
     Computer Science—Merchant Venturers Building (MVB)—3rd Floor
     Electrical & Electronic Engineering—MVB 4th floor & Queens Building.
There are also a number of sub-departments and research centers. See the website:
General Structure of Aerospace Department

      Head of Department—Dr Mark Lowenberg (room 0.50)
      Secretary to HoD—Rachel Nee (room 0.50A)
      Department Manager –Julie Coombs (room 0.50B)
      Executive Officer—Sarah Hugo (room 0.50B)
      Postgraduate/ERASMUS/General Sec—Helen Randall (room 0.56)
      Undergrad Admissions/General Sec—Karen Skuse (room 0.56)
      Computer Officer—John Burns (please use online web report form to contact
      Electronics/Avionics Officer-Steve MacQueen (room 1.63)

For details of Professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, research fellows, readers and
research assistants, please visit our home webpage: which
has details of all staff members listing contact numbers, location, areas of research etc.

The Three Main Research areas are:

      Aerodynamics/Fluid Dynamics
      Structures and Materials
      Aerospace Composites
      Systems, Dynamics and Control

Access to Buildings/Offices

Outside normal office hours, if you require access to the building you should use your ID
card and PIN Code. You will need to sign the form attached and get the Head of
Department’s signature and then go to the Security Lodge in Royal Fort gardens to
obtain a PIN number.

The Engineering library is situated in the Queen’s Building (go through main entrance of
the building, walk along the central corridor and down one flight of stairs. Once you
have registered you will need to go to the Arts & Social Sciences Library to be issued
with a library card, (please take a passport sized photograph with you).
The Arts & Social Sciences Library entrance is located at the St Michael’s Hill end of
Tyndall Avenue.


See your advisor for a charge code for your funding and then see Karen Skuse in the
department office who will supply you with printer codes and a mailbox and explain the
system we use. If you need a large quantity of a print job or professional binding you
need to use Print Services who are located on Old Park Row and can be found using the
following link:


Requisitions up to £500 on a research or studentship grant code can be signed off by
your supervisor. Purchases over £500 should be given to the Departmental Manager. A
completed requisition form should be handed into the Department Office for processing.
Please see attached requisitioning/ordering procedures for your assistance.
All delivery notes must be handed into the Department Office after you have checked off
the contents of the delivery.


Certain Items of stationary are held within department office, such as biro pens, pads,
pencils and so on. If you require any larger/more expensive items you need to speak to
your supervisor and order from your contract.


Postgraduates have a cabinet next to the staff pigeon holes in the main office. They are
separated by surname. Post is sorted into trays around 9am. If you need to post
outbound please bring to office and leave in the ‘post out’ hole before 3pm. Parcels go
up to faculty office with a charge code from your contract.

Dial 21 for outside line. International calls from dept office only.


John Burns assists with computing enquiries. If you need support with a computing
problem please complete this online fault reporting form,
John Burns will then log the fault and will help as soon as possible

Change of Address

Should you need to update your contact details at any time please register the changes
using the following website link,
Your details will then be updated on the student information system. You will also need
to inform the library of your new contact details so that they can update their records.
This needs to be done in person, rather than online, at any of the University libraries.

Funding Calculator

The University of Bristol Funding Calculator should give you an idea of the funding
available to you as a student at the University of Bristol. The amount of income you
receive will depend on your personal circumstances, and your expenditure will depend
on your lifestyle choices: where you decide to live, how often you go out, how often you
travel home, etc.
The results of the Funding Calculator should be taken as a guideline only. The outcome
will depend on you supplying accurate and realistic figures.
The information that you supply will remain completely confidential and will not be seen
by anyone inside or outside of the University.

Bank Accounts (International Students)

To open a bank account, complete an application form (available from the bank) and
take it to the bank with any documents the bank needs to see.
They will normally ask to see:
      Your passport
      A letter from the University, addressed to the bank, stating your degree
       programme, dates of study, your Bristol address and your home address. You
       should request this letter at the Student Funding Office (Senate House) if you
       are opening the account before you have registered with the University, or from
       your Faculty Office once you have registered

N.B. Once you have opened an account, keep your bank statements safely as you may
need them for immigration purposes.

Thesis Binding

There are several companies within Bristol which bind theses to University requirements.
These are:

Bristol Bound Bookbinding                          Alfred Harris Bookbinders Ltd
300 North Street                                   5 Kingsdown Parade
Bedminster                                         Bristol
Bristol                                            BS6 5UD
Tel: 0117 966 3300                                 Tel: 0117 929 2375                   

Mailboxes Etc                                      Avon Bookbinding & Goldblocking
42 Triangle West                                   Unit 4B, Crofts End Industrial Estate
Park Street                                        Crofts End Road
Bristol                                            Bristol
BS8 1ES                                            BS5 7UW
Tel: 0800 458 9587                                 Tel: 0117 952 5225
Staff Development Courses Website:

This contains links to information on all the staff development courses offered by the
University. Although you can attend up to six courses free of charge within a six month
period, the following three courses are of particular relevance to Postgraduate students:
    i) Planning And Managing Your PhD: A half-day course available on numerous
         dates throughout the Autumn/Spring terms. Click on ‘Course Diary’ followed by
         ‘Research Postgraduates’ for further information.
    ii) Completing Your PhD: A half-day course available on numerous dates
         throughout the Autumn/Spring terms. Click on ‘Course Diary’ followed by
         ‘Research Postgraduates’ for further information.
    iii) Teaching Course for Postgraduates: A two-day course with dates available
         throughout the year. For maximum benefit, it is best to attend the course as
         close as possible to commencing any teaching/assessment responsibilities.
         Further information can be obtained by clicking on ‘Course Diary,’ then
         ‘Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme,’ followed by ‘For
         Postgraduate Students.’


Opportunities arise throughout the year for small amounts of paid teaching support for
undergraduate tutorial and laboratory classes. This is co-ordinated by Ian Farrow (room

How to Write a Paper

This online handbook provides guidance about how to write a paper for your research,
whether it is a thesis or research proposal. It can be found at,
Postgraduate Progression Review

At the end of each year of study you will have a progression review. This will allow both
you and your supervisor to comment on the work that has been completed so far and is
an opportunity to address any problems which may have arisen. For more information
regarding this please refer to the document within this pack titled “Postgrad


There is the JCR refectory downstairs which offers hot and cold food, in addition to the
Hawthorns which offers full meals and a snack deli in the foyer of the sports hall.

Sports Centre

The opportunity to get reduced gym membership and access to sports facilities is
offered to all staff and students so go across to the sports centre on Tyndall’s avenue
for more information.

Car Parking


Other Information

There is a Postgraduate Student Union which offers clubs, services and advice and
information for all aspects of your life as a postgrad. Joy El Dieb is the co-coordinator
and here is a web-link to their information: or telephone:
0117 954 5796.

For all general University of Bristol postgraduate information use the following link

The National Postgraduate Committee:
Graphic Design

Should you need any help with design for a poster/conference preparation, we have an
in-house Graphic Design Office (Carrie Wattling/Sam Hodder) in Room 0.68.

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