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What does the future of higher education look like in Bristol?

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Date and time
Mon 05 June 2023
18:30 - 19:30
Hybrid: Online and In-person: St George’s Bristol, Great George Street (off Park Street), Further info
Events Team
Booking required


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About the event

This event is part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS), brought to you by UWE Bristol in collaboration with University of Bristol.

This is a hybrid event, you can choose to attend in-person at St George's Bristol, or attend online from the comfort of your own home.


To mark the 30th anniversary of UWE Bristol’s university status, and the first academic year of the University of Bristol’s first female Vice-Chancellor; Professor Evelyn Welch and Professor Steven West come together to talk to Clare Reddington, CEO of Watershed, about higher education in Bristol and beyond.

Reflecting on the impact of the past 30 years of Bristol as a dual-university city, examining the present situation for higher education in the UK, and looking ahead to what the next 30 years could bring, join us for this partnership event which will explore how the two institutions work together currently, and share more about plans for the future.

About Evelyn

Evelyn Welch graduated from Harvard University, receiving her PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London. She was previously Senior Vice-President for Service, People & Planning at King’s College London, and had been Vice-President (Arts and Sciences) and Provost (Arts and Sciences).

She has taught at University of Essex, the Warburg Institute, and held leadership roles at University of Sussex (PVC Teaching and Learning) and Queen Mary, University of London (Dean, Arts and PVC Research and International). As Professor of Renaissance Studies, she has led major research programmes including ‘The Material Renaissance,’ and ‘Beyond Text: Performances, Sounds, Images’.

She recently completed a Welcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for a project on ‘Renaissance Skin’ and has authored numerous books, including Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800 (OUP 2017), and Shopping in the Renaissance (Yale 2005), winning the Wolfson Prize for History.

About Steven

Professor Steven West CBE, DL is Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO of the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Professor West is the President of Universities UK (UUK) and Chair of the UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group.

He is Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network and Non- Executive Director for the Integrated Care Board for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). Professor West is also a Trustee for Bristol Zoo.

Professor West is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire and was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, for services to Higher Education.



Arrival and registration
Drinks reception



Join the event online (the link will be sent via email a few days before the event)


Registration and tickets

  • Cost: Free
  • Attendance: Booking required


In-person: St George’s Bristol
Great George Street (off Park Street)

Online: Livestream link will be shared with registered attendees ahead of the event

Directions to St George's Bristol


UWE Bristol welcomes all abilities, disabilities, ages, ethnicities, and genders to our events. If you have any questions, concerns or additional requirements then please let us know, by emailing the Events Team at, so that we can make your time at this event as comfortable as possible.

There will be live captioning for this event, for both in-person and online. 

Venue information

  • Disabled parking: Yes (limited spaces)
  • Step-free access: Yes
  • Accessible toilets: Yes
  • Assisted Listening: Yes
  • Guide/assistance dog-friendly: Yes
  • Quiet spaces available: Yes

Find out more about accessing the venue at St George's Bristol.