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5 of the coolest things Bristol students have done

Wednesday 27-01-2016 - 00:00

We don't mean to brag, but Bristol students do some pretty incredible things. You are all more powerful than you realise, and with our student elections coming up we thought we'd remind you what you can get done if you put your mind to it!

If you feel inspired after reading this list, you can nominate youself as a student rep here for your chance to do more awesome stuff like this. There are full-time paid and part-time volunteer roles available.


1. In 1957, George Odlum became the first ever black president of a students' union. He went on to become the deputy prime-minister of St. Lucia.


2. In the 1970s, Bristol students played a key role in the UK campaign against Apartheid. The old union bar was even called the Mandela Bar, in celebration of Bristol students' role in the campaign.


3. In 1996, Bristol students set up the Varsity series. The sporting competition against UWE now involves over 90 sports teams and over 1,500 athletes. It is one of the biggest sporting events in the South West.


4. In 2012, Bristol students campaigned to stop the University from scrapping bursaries which helped students to fund their studies. The campaign went national, and actually resulted in bursaries being raised.


5. In 2015, Jo Woods led on the biggest event the SU has ever seen, involving 2,500 people, a live circus and a visit from actor, director and Bristol alumnus Simon Pegg.


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